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.
Like the fabled continent from which he takes his name, Pangaea puts forth an amalgamation of sounds to create something solid and other wordly.
Michael Dodman, AKA Huxley, has been making music for years and earlier this year he really made an impression with two tracks that have helped to cement his place within the electronic music scene. I caught up with him recently for a chat about what he’s been up to.
Whilst the UK bass scene flourishes in a beehive of genre cross-pollination, DJs such as Rinse FM’s, Brackles, have taken the music itself by the scruff of the neck and weaved their own imprint.
The choice of music at FWD’s 11th birthday, set in a basement off Brick Lane on a viscous August night, reflects the inclusivity of the modern ‘bass music’.
Sometimes moving overseas can help lubricate a person’s creativity helping to boost something that was otherwise stifled in their country of origin. For instance, lots of artists have found moving to Berlin has helped to push them musically – likewise, Barcelona is known as a bohemian city where many of the world’s creatives have relocated in the hope of finding some space to really let their imagination run wild.
Within the slight frame of Birmingham’s Lady Leshurr lies a lyrical beast that has relentlessly unleashed itself on the grime scene and brought with it a growing fan base as well as comparisons one of hip-hop’s rhyming heavyweights.
A producer by the name of Brenmar came to my attention recently, thanks to his new EP Let’s Pretend. As soon as I flicked it on I was transported back to my early years at university when garage was massive and we’d have that kind of music playing day and night. Now Brenmar’s stuff isn’t some cheaply-made, knowing, nod to Garage or an attempt to be cool and retro. It’s simply electronic music with a hint of R&B.
Byron has been tearing up the streets of Slough for a fair few years now, dropping mixtapes packed to the brim with deep stories and dark energy-infused vibes. Rolling off on the back of his recently released mixtape Deep Lyrics/Dirty Beats, Byron looks set to make 2011 his own.
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