Having already self-released a ‘mini-album’ through Bandcamp earlier this year (the really very good ‘Before Vol.1’), Croydon’s Deft is rapidly making a mark for himself in the UK. Yet don’t let the geographical birthplace of dubstep confuse matters, as what runs through Deft’s productions is a straight up hip-hop sensibility.
With a sonic palette made up of Dilla, Pete Rock and DJ Hi-Tek, Deft has swiftly joined the ranks of the resurgent UK beat scene with aplomb, sitting nicely beside artists like Blank & Kytt, Star Slinger and Young Montana, and remixing artists as diverse as Zero 7 and FaltyDL. Tracks like ‘A Smile Is’ and ‘Get A Trim’ show this young producer to have a handle on the dynamics of swing, bass and boom-bap, with a healthy dose of atmospheric soul to top things off.
His Hyponik mix rolls on a beat-ridden warm house tip with tracks from Miguel Migs, Wbeeza, Calibre, Luke Vibert and more, and stands as a perfect antidote to the darkening winter months. Stream below, or download via our Soundcloud.