East London producer Truce steps up with his Be There / Uhh 12″, the latest release in Keysound’s incredible run.
Truce is at the forefront of deeptech, a scene that’s been billed as a successor to UK funky. He’s previously released on labels such as AudioWhore and SOTU Recordings, but this is his first release for Dusk and Blackdown’s Keysound Recordings.
While Truce looks up to classic artists such as Kenny Dope, Frankie Knuckles, Marc Kitchen and Dennis Ferrera, he cites his most important influence as studio time spent with his dad, the calypso artist Shorty. This speaks to the variety of his sound, which remains forward-looking at the same time as drawing from the past.
In a sense this 12″ could be seen as something of a departure for Keysound – it’s certainly a lot more linear than their usual output. Looked at through the right lens though, it makes perfect sense – while Truce’s productions owe a lot to garage and Chicago house, they also feel rooted in the contemporary bass scene, and are just as evocative of London’s urban fabric as Wen’s grime excavations or Sully’s jungle nostalgia.
To accompany the new release, Truce has turned in this excellent Hyp Mix for us. Listen out for both Keysound tunes nestled in there alongside tracks from the likes of Hugo Massien, Formula, Jack n Danny and Shiba San.
Be There / Uhh is out now on Keysound.
Move the House – Monster
Hugo Massien – Mitte
Truce – Uhh
Denny – Low Frequency (Shiba San Remix)
Leon Runner – Thoughts of You
Jack n Danny – Falling
Shiba San – Okay
Tazer – Vibrate
Chelley – Took the Night (Amine Edge & Dance Remix)
Truce – Be There
Harry Ley – Somebody
Kurtz & Bumber – Such a Rush (Jack n Danny Refix)
Formula – House Every Weekend (Remix)
Martin Ikin & Low Steppa – About Time ft. Elizabeth Troy
Sonny Fodera – Shake
Wretch 32 – Alright With Me ft. Anne-Marie & PRGRSHN (Sonny Fodera Remix)
Autumn Rowe – If I Don’t Have You (Sirus Hood Remix)
Antonio Eudi & Volkoda – That Bass