The diseases and plagues that tore through the Middle Ages saw the invention of the plague doctor costume. They were in essence, primitive bio-chemical suits, designed to keep germs at bay. The long beaks were stuffed with sweet smelling dried flowers in order to prevent themselves from being infected by the evil smells that caused the plague to spread. They used a wooden cane to touch patients, keeping their distance. You may well wonder what this has to do with Shoreditch-based act Celestial Trax.
Celestial Trax is the Plague Doctor. Outwardly mysterious, dark, ominous. But stuffed with sweet smelling beauty. Nowhere is this clearer on White Stare Black Venom, a sumptuous hip-hop beat, draped in a stunning vocal sample from Brandy explaining that “you can’t get to heaven”. Inner Gods too, is a fusion of quite incredible, almost desperate vocal samples with heavy hip-hop influenced beats, darker though in its overall feel. Only U & Need It are more twisted dance floor fillers, but no less haunting.
This is sample heavy electronic music, born from a dark place and surrounded by death and mortality. But this just makes the sweet smells all that much better.