First Listen: V.I.V.E.K – ‘Galactic’ (Vivek001)

Sonic meditations from London soundman V.I.V.E.K

Southall born-and-bred Vivek Sharda, more commonly known as V.I.V.E.K, is the artist, label owner, selector and man behind one of London’s most important dances, SYSTEM.

Active since the early 2000’s, V.I.V.E.K’s pursuance of soundsystem culture can be rooted to his early fascinations of eminent systems such as Aba Shanti and Jah Shaka. His highly influential dubstep night and label project SYSTEM operates on an ethos not of LFO-based purism, but rather a celebration of London’s vibrant sound system heritage, paying heed to everything from reggae and dancehall to dub and grime.

Following a recent 12″ on Blacklist and ’94 / Namaste, V.I.V.E.K returns to his platform with two new productions, Different Sound / Galactic, for a new label venture. With both numbers flexing to the London soundman’s signature halfstep stroke, today we premiere the B-side, which plays to a softer edge as V.I.V.E.K finds space for delicate eastern flavours to blossom from the almighty rumble.

Copies will be exclusively available via SYSTEM’s website before hitting all record shops. 

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