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First Listen: B£AMS – ‘Over’ feat. Broshuda (Sonic Router)

Listen to a cut from the Brixton based beatsmith’s new album.

First appearing in physical form two years ago, the record label from our friends down at the always great Sonic Router has served as a home for beats of a lo-fi disposition – music that nods to the club space yet is never made specifically for it. So far there have been releases from the likes of Torus, My Panda Shall Fly and Bambooman – with each offering characterised by an adventurous and experimental spirit. Earlier in the year they hosted ‘£300 STERLING (Vol.1)‘ – a name-your-own-price collection of tracks from Canterbury born, Brixton resident B£AMS. Fizzling with imagination, the record took a crate diggers mentality and applied it to Electronica – with some impressively sturdy drums to boot.

That collection is now followed up with the release of a new EP on digital and cassette, ‘Unforthcoming Self’. Taking his earlier approach and refining it, B£AMS incorporates flirtations with the dancefloor but rarely settles on any one recognisable genre, instead keeping things original and rich in personality throughout. Exclusively streaming below, we have ‘Over’ – a cut made in collaboration with German newcomer Broshuda. Rolling forward like a digital lullaby at a gait that’s neither House nor Hip-Hop, its micro-melodies and lightly insistent chords live under a film of hiss and distortion that lends proceedings a dreamy ambience.

‘Unforthcoming Self’ is out now digitall and on cassette via Sonic Routher. You can buy it here.