Since taking the so-called post-dubstep scene by storm a few years ago, British composers, producers, and performers Mount Kimbie (who once counted James Blake as an occasional member) have been a force to reckon with. In the midst of the duo’s sizable world tour, and on the tail of May’s Cold Spring Fault Less Youth LP, we caught up with founding member Kai Campos at Seattle’s Decibel Festival to take stock of their current affairs.
It has only been a year since this 23-year-old has surfaced on our radar, but in that year, the gentleman known as South London Ordnance (he prefers to remain anonymous) has garnered support from acts like Claude VonStroke, Mary Anne Hobbs, Mosca, Jamie XX, Richie Hawtin, and plenty more big names. His first release on 2nd Drop infused UK funky and garage elements, but that isn’t all he’s known for. The post-grad is also praised for his marriage of house and techno that can only be defined as heavily “bass-centric.” With his finger directly on the pulse of where production is currently going, it will be exciting to watch how South London Ordnance will lead the musical trend. With a release on Scuba’s Hotflush Recordings due out in early March, it looks like 2013 is only going to cement this budding new talent.
Beatport Live is proud to welcome Christian Andersen (aka XI) to the Berlin office this Friday for a webcast DJ set. The Canadian native is known for toeing (and blurring) the line between garage, dubstep, jungle, and house in his own special way. Learning from his past drum & bass alias 35k, Andersen built up a body of experimental work which has now become the XI sound we know and love.
George FitzGerald has been making a name for himself as a top DJ and producer in the underground scene for while now, so we’re extremely excited to have him come and play this Wednesday in the Berlin office for Beatport Live. Slotting somewhere in between bass and deep house, FitzGerald has released on Hotflush, Aus, and his own imprint, ManMakeMusic. With his remixes for Julio Bashmore and his own huge single “Child,” we’re surely in for a treat when FitzGerald arrives.
With the ongoing advancements in computer-based production tools, genres are fusing together and morphing into new shapes more than ever, giving birth to brand-new strains of music all the time. Of course, this has always been true for electronic music, but the rate at which genres have begun to meld has undoubtedly increased over the years.
With this in mind, it should then come as no surprise that the shadowy producer Sigha has shifted his sound from the darkest sides of dubstep to more Berghain-style techno over the past three years. Likely a result of the man’s known love for UK techno combined with his recent move from London to Berlin, Sigha has been churning out track after track of razor-sharp techno since emigrating to Germany. Now, after a lengthy production process due to an unplanned equipment snag, Sigha’s debut LP, Living With Ghosts, has arrived via the Hotflush label as an impressive set of perfectly sequenced techno and ambient excursions, with plenty of deep bass and four-on-the-floor beats.
Beatport News recently sat down with the producer and talked Berlin versus London, dubstep versus techno, and Googling your own name.
Recent London-to-Berlin transplant Jack Dixon finds himself amongst the most compatible of company at Hotflush. It’s one of the most respected contemporary electronic music labels, to be sure, and it also houses Scuba, Lando Kal, and Paul Woolford—fellow restless genre wanderers who have retained as broad a view as possible when gazing into or out of bass music.
Jack Dixon has always been one of those eclectic producers whose sound has been hard to pin down. It extends from his housier floor-filling beats (like his latest on Leftroom) through to the very London-sounding “Adrian,” a record that has helped define the growing UK bass-music scene. Having recently joined the exodus of house musicians moving from London to Berlin, Dixon is preparing to release his new 12″ on Scuba’s Hotflush Recordings. We caught up with him to get the rundown on where it all began.
Somehow both new-agey and flashy at the same time, the video for Jimmy Edgar‘s “Let Yrself Be,” off his recent EP of the same name for Scuba‘s Hotflush label, jumps through a series of cosmic text and images at a hyper-active pace. But the lofty, at times almost inspirational, words and images are juxtaposed with ever-changing splashes of color, making for almost overwhelming, but utterly intriguing visual companion to the soulful slice of techy house.
Earlier this year, dubstep kingpin and Hotflush label head Scuba unveiled a new LP, Personality, which surprisingly found the UK producer shedding his noted talent for crafting cold, stark steppers, and instead delivering a full-length full of more inviting, house-indebted affairs. “NE1BUTU” is one such cut, for which a new single will be dropping next month featuring a radio edit, an album version, and a brand-new edit of the tune from Scuba’s darker, more techno-minded SCB moniker.