The music that shaped rising UK producer SYYMSTRESS

The songs that inform the boisterous club sounds of SYYMSTRESS.

SYYMSTRESS has been making a name for himself of late, with frequent appearances on NTS and Radar Radio. His music holds a post-dubstep nuance that sits between the realms of artists like Mount Kimbie and Eliphino, with rhythms that draw heavy influence from the Afrobeats and Dancehall sounds emanating from London.

Now he arrives on London-based label Tight Knit Records – home to music from club producers Grovestreet and Akito – for new single ‘Ryde Out’. It features the spoken word lyricism of Yayoyanoh – you can stream it over on the Tight Knit Soundcloud.

To give you an idea of the music that’s played a role in informing his creative direction, SYYMSTRESS now digs deep for UK rap in the form of early Krept & Konan and Sneakbo anthems, along with a UK garage cult classic from MC Vapour. Listen below.

1. Sly & Robbie – The Best of Sly & Robbie In Dub

My father always used to play old dub/reggae around the house and try to explain to me how the records were made. It definitely taught me about the importance of space in music, and I was fascinated with how the different layers worked together. I remember I’d literally sit there in front of the speakers listening over and over again until I figured it all out in my head.

2. Mark “Ruff” Ryder & MC Vapour – Move Your Body

My mum was actually teaching at a local secondary school and one of the kids in her class made me a garage tape. It must have been around 2000/2001. Without a doubt, I wouldn’t be making music if it wasn’t for that. This was the tune that really stood out for me purely because I hated school.

3. Essentials – State Your Name

There’s no denying how pivotal Channel U was in getting UK music in front of people up and down the country. I actually begged my Mum to get a dish installed on the house and paid for my own Sky subscription aged 15 because I wanted to watch the football. If it wasn’t for that I might have never discovered it until much later.

4. Krept & Konan – Out Ere

This was the tune that really got me watching UK rap. Definitely one of my favourites from this era.

5. Sneakbo, Political Peak & JJ – Touch Ah Button

This period (early GAS/PYG freestyles like this one HERE) really got me hearing UK rappers on such a variety of beats. I remember more than a few artists rinsing England Town/Boxing Day Riddim as well as old Timbaland beats/R&B instrumentals. The Vybz sample on this tune still gets me though.

SYYMSTRESS – ‘Ryde Out’ ft Yayoyanoh is out now on Tight Knit Records. Buy it HERE.

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