Stream M.E.S.H.’s Debut Album and Read the Stories Behind His Dystopian Songs



“When I make music I feel like I need it to not just be some cool sounds that I’ve made,” James Whipple told FACT recently. The producer—better known as M.E.S.H., a key member of Berlin’s Janus collective—then proceeded to call his Piteous Gate album “a dumb little story… a dumb little one act play.”

He’s being modest. Judging by how detailed his first proper long player is, Whipple must have had a lot on his mind when he wrote Piteous Gate last winter. Here are a few clues, along with an exclusive stream of the entire record. Look out for its official release through PAN tomorrow.

This type of repeating ominous synth note has been used a lot in film trailers. I wanted to connect that with the full spectrum dominance of EDM festival music.


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I was experimenting with recording “live” without editing notes afterward, while using soft synths with drifting parameters. Recording while conditions within the software were constantly changing allowed a feeling of spontaneity totally different from the usual habits that come about when writing on a computer (which can feel like editing a spreadsheet).

An omega male retires to his princely redoubt to reflect on his life.

Youths arguing out the window. Street scene.

A failed DJ tool, running two speeds at once. I wanted to capture the feeling of a hidden architecture of storm drains and archaic cisterns.

The artist entertaining his patrons.

Berlin’s spielotheks and all night snack bars were the inspiration for this track that almost gives me a migraine when I listen to it. Coated in nicotine residue.

Flood plains, sluice gates, alluvial flows coming down the steppe. Rusted infrastructure and hidden depots. Carrion birds picking through stealth equipment.