Bio‘Beat Pharmacy’ is the result of a big dream, much self-teaching and a little bit of luck. His first album, ‘Earthly Delights’ is now in the spotlight and its bound to set tongues wagging.
The Beat Pharmacy story plays out like so: Brendon Moeller, born In Johannesburg, has a thing for music from a young age; he tries the piano and trumpet before settling for the drums. Forms a college rock band called ‘Honeyslide’, and later turns to writing for an assortment of music mags. With influences ranging from the Stooges, Velvet Underground and Nick Cave to The Orb, Fela Kuti, Happy Mondays and Ministry, Brendon ups and moves to New York with hopes to record an album.
Fast forward a bit and Brendon has taught himself the basics in music production and recording. ‘Smile Records’ are the first to release his work under the moniker ‘Mono Blanco’. Then comes the name ‘Beat Pharmacy’, as does a chance meeting with blues, rock and jazz musician ‘Shigeru Tanabu’ and horn player ‘Todd Simon’. With tracks now appearing on ‘Six Degrees Records’, ‘Turntables on the Hudson’ and ‘Codek Records’, it is only time before ‘François K.’ offers Beat Pharmacy the chance to release an album on ‘Deep Space Media’, the latest sub-label of ‘Wave Music’.
Best described as a synthesis of dub, minimal techno, psy-trance, jazz and afrobeat; ‘Earthly Delights’ is an organic treasure trove of sound. Instruments and electronics are bought together seamlessly. Sounds are mirrored, duplicated and contorted. Progressive beats thud slowly and deeply as excited bursts of sound emerge with punctuated precision. Vocals are sparse and used only when necessary. This journey is a very deep relaxing and captivating one.