Glaswegian beatsmith Dam Mantle dropped his debut full-length ‘First Wave’ on Growing Records earlier this month, collating his two previous EP’s. His music has been filed alongside Gold Panda who he toured with earlier this year, Becoming Real and of course there is the obvious Glasgow connection though in truth it doesn’t really sound like anything else.
Randomer has made the transition from Hospital affiliated drum & bass producer to one of the most original producers operating at 130ish bpm. His track ‘Puzzled’ is included on the recent Soul Jazz Future Bass compilation and has further releases on Soul Jazz and Tru Thoughts this month.
2010 has seen Leeds based Midland collaborate with long time friend Ramadanman on the excellent ‘Your Words Matter’, release his debut EP on Phonica and remix Lone’s ‘Once In A While’, out now on Werk Discs. He’s certainly one to watch over the coming months with releases forthcoming on This Is Music, Aus and Phonica. Download his Caribou approved re-edit of ‘Sun’ now over at XLR8R.
Atlanta’s Distal is another lesser-known producer championed by Soul Jazz on Future Bass alongside the likes of Untold and Four Tet. His juke inspired Boss Of The South has been picked up by Sinden for releases on his Grizzly imprint whilst Typewriter Tune has been enjoying support from Gilles Peterson amongst others. Stream new synth-heavy dub Mamanimal and download his mix for Sonic Router below.
The latest drop from the Night Slugs camp, Girl Unit’s ‘Wut’ is a contender for biggest release of the year, and this newcomer is recieving some serious attention at the minute Seemingly, both producer and the burgeoning label he calls home can do no wrong in 2010. This month he has turned out quality mixes for Numbers and The FADER.
Words // Jonathan McKenzie-Wynne