“He makes a way for everything to fit into his peculiar universe”, Resident Advisor.
Call Super is the primary moniker of Joseph Richmond Seaton, a DJ and musician from London who has carved out his own place in the landscape of electronic music. Defined by a meticulous approach to the composition, production, art direction and presentation of his work, every release encapsulates Joseph’s idiosyncratic vision. It is a colourful world that gives life to the shadows and throws a mist over the boundaries that have become so commonplace in electronic music.
His record The Present Tense provided the launching point for Houndstooth (the label arm of London’s fabric nightclub). The following two releases, Black Octagons and Depicta/Acephale, cemented his status as one of the brightest new talents to emerge in the current wave of producers disturbing the musical landscape. Next up came Suzi Ecto, his debut album, which was widely regarded as one of the standout long players of 2014. Described by Pitchfork as one of “the most evocative sound worlds that the genre has seen” it featured in many annual polls from WIRE magazine to Resident Advisor, topping those at XLR8R and Juno Plus.
Through his work as Ondo Fudd for influential label The Trilogy Tapes, his collaboration with Beatrice Dillon for Hessle Audio and two releases for Dekmantel, he has been compared to Ricardo Villalobos, Jon Hassell and Brian Eno. His second LP Arpo arrived in 2017 and was greeted to similar praise to his first, with The Guardian hailing it as “outstanding” and DJ magazine naming it Album of the Year.
This all stands alongside Seaton’s revered work as a DJ. His esteemed entry into the Fabric mix CD canon “brought to mind one of Salvador Dali’s famous clock faces—at almost every quarter-hour a tactile shift takes place, where sounds seem to melt away, revealing a strange new psychic space.” [Pitchfork]. This deft ability to craft sets known for their hypnotic intensity and musical breadth has brought him across the world and been recently showcased on BBC Radio 1’s The Essential Mix. His versatility is seen in the range of his schedule, from headline slots at Sónar festival’s 25th anniversary in Barcelona, to his regular appearances at the Golden Pudel, Hamburg’s famous sweatbox and Berlin’s Panorama Bar.
Over recent years Call Super has curated his own weekender at Amsterdam’s De School. He has brought in set designers to work in the spaces for musical performers and DJs, invited artists and photographers to exhibit, dreamed up installations, shown his own paintings and stepped away from clear timetabling to create spontaneity and reinforce the unexpected. Everything in his life stems from his acute curiosity and ability to subtly dislocate the norm. He is a natural musical communicator pushing on in his own world, a world that has guided Call Super outwards and upwards.