Amorphous, experimental collective 404 Guild have made a name for themselves with their raw, dynamic live energy and a string of consistently impressive and impactful tracks. Today Elison 404, aka 404 Guild core members Eliot and Sonny, release their highly anticipated debut record Pebbledash. To celebrate the release they share a choice selection of tracks that have influenced them.

Each track on Pebbledash feels like an intricate, intimate creative opus in itself blending their incisive hip-hop sensibilities with atmospheric electronica, samples from their favourite songs and poignant emotivity. The wealth of sounds across the record is a constantly shape-shifting entity; stand-out track ‘Chip Pan’ incorporates laid-back jazz, UK garage and breaks as skittering beats and sparse instrumentation build into a melodic, summery euphoria.

A project formed last summer as a creative outlet for the duo, they set out with an ethos of ‘joy not fear’ at the core and across the 13 tracks this approach manifests in a deeply, viscerally human expression. Collaborating with a wealth of friends Elison 404, also known as Elison Research Group, created most of the record in a kitchen in Catford and this immediacy and rawness is tangible in the record’s unrestrained, mesmerising potency. A tender, poignant release, Pebbledash is a striking debut from the South London-via-Eastbourne creative guild.

Get to know five tracks that have influenced Elison 404 and the new record…

WHAT IT FEELS LIKE FOR A GIRL – MADONNA

Been in love with this song for a few years now. It’s like being in the back of a car as a kid, and the radio is just background noise, then suddenly something magical cuts through. As a child pop melodies can seem so mythic and powerful, how do you get back to that? The production and mix are hyper-magical, it’s so flat but wide, like a looking out plane window.

MOYA – GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR

Our year 8 music teacher showed us this song. It basically changed everything, we hadn’t heard anything like it before. It’s a slow build that takes you through a lot of different emotions. It taught us that sometimes music takes patience.


ARE YOU READY? – SKEPTA ft WILEY

We were in secondary school when grime met dubstep. This song was the soundtrack to a lot of bad house parties. Learning all the words made you want to write your own verses, there’s so much energy and joy in the writing.


ARMY DREAMERS – KATE BUSH

Mina showed us this when we were about 15. Honestly didn’t really understand it for a few years. It has since become clear to us that Kate Bush is a genius. This song is so intimate and human, but at the same time otherworldly. The video was one of the inspirations for the Perfect Dark video.

NO TOMORROW – MIRAGE

When we were writing Guild 2 Bathwater got us into a bunch of d’n’b and jungle that we became obsessed with. Everything is delicately detailed and precise, but it was all made with really limited equipment. It’s had a big influence on how we chop and process samples. The sound is very sci-fi and very haunted. It’s The X-Files but set in the UK.

Buy: Pebbledash (out now on Dirty Hit).