Kerri Chandler’s hefty kick drum. Todd Edwards’ vocal cut ups. Coki’s snarling sub bass. These elements are sonic signatures for the producers that created them – components of their celebrated sounds that can be recognised from a mile off. The last couple of years have seen a new musical motif start to reach towards that pantheon of timeless sounds, in the shape of Chris Pell aka. Murlo’s effervescent synth melodies. An illustrator by day, Pell cut his teeth in music as a DJ – playing everything from Soca to Garage, before he began to sculpt his distinct style across releases for Glacial Sound and Unknown To The Unknown. Serving as the gloss over 2-Step and UKG indebted rhythmic foundations, his colourful synths have helped to separate his club constructions from the pack – making him one of the most exciting producers to emerge in the so called second wave of instrumental Grime. With his latest EP, ‘Into Mist’ out on Rinse 2nd November, Pell looks set to cement his status as both an innovator of sounds and destroyer of dancefloors – with four wildly creative tracks that make a mockery of genre conventions.
Having been through 199 editions of our Hyp Mix series up until now, we wanted someone who brought a forward facing outlook on the musical sensibilities that got the set started over four years ago to mark our 200th mix. With a sound that begins at the Hardcore continuum but travels across the world and through texture, tempos and moods to create something completely unique, Pell was the obvious choice. Listen to his selection of multi- genre bangers with new cuts from himself and his talented friends expertly blended together, before checking out our interview with him here – touching on everything from ancient history meets 3D acid trip video to those synths.