Dark Sky have developed a shadowy, earthy sound reminiscent of the London city streets where they now host a NTS radio slot every other week. Their latest release sees them join forces with Ben Westbeech’s house music alter ego, Breach, for an EP engulfed in outright two-stepping bounciness. We talked about polar bears, the joys of tax-free busking and grime deviant, Trim.
Amidst what protrudes as a barren D&B existence in Canada, filmmaker and producer Rene LaVice has crafted a gritty fusion of early 90s, Dilinja-esque material that had the likes of Andy C purring. Since late last year, he’s been hard at work churning out an album parallel to the energy of his tracks. We caught up to talk Rodney Mullen, saving beautiful girls and documentaries.
Mike Delinquent’s bouncy basslines and breakbeat driven rhythms are reminiscent of the golden age of garage that engulfed clubs of yesteryear. With a resurgence fronted wholeheartedly by the likes of Disclosure and Royal T in recent years, there could be more vocal-driven gems to add to our archives. We caught up to discuss Club Warehouse, Aaliyah and the dilemma of vinyl in clubs.
Back when grime was still called sublow, Youngstar was an eight bar rhythm champion. Ten years on, the genre is still arguably pulsating and he’s still about to celebrate his classic cut ‘Pulse X’ hitting a decade. We caught up to chat about Dizzie Rascal, the genre in the US and grimy classics.
Rudimental’s 2012 saw them catapulted into widespread consciousness after a year full of contagious chart fillers and a feel good ethic that hopscotched genres with ease.
As head honcho of Critical Music, Kasra has hand-carved a niche of drum and bass that undoubtedly needed tending to. Forged from the stencils of forefather labels including Metalheadz and Good Looking Records, Critical have gone on to become the main accepted home for deep, atmospheric D&B. We stop to discuss cassettes, LTJ Bukem and the troubles of finding time to produce.
Back when VGA camera phones were still all the rage, grime was in its relative musical element. By 2004, many had loosened the shackles on the early term, eskibeat, and instead accepted grime as the conclusive phrase to describe this inner city sound.
Starkey’s industrious melodies and grimy tendencies have rightfully led to the coinage of the term ’street bass’. Originally from Philadelphia, the DJ and producer has also experienced life in London, picking up traces of grime and garage along the way. We caught up to discuss sci-fi films, Mike Skinner and America’s cult-like grime following.
There aren’t too many names in today’s electronic biosphere that can top bills with any of their aliases that they choose to call upon. Yet, when not being Machinedrum or linking up with Praveen to form Sepalcure, Travis Stewart takes on a number of provocative alter egos to spread his musical virtuosity. We caught up to chat hip-hop nostalgia, the woes of learning German and singing in the shower.
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