Hyp 057: Deft

Hyp 057: Deft

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.

01. Miguel Migs – Close Your Eyes
02. Wbeeza – Laying Here
03. James Fox – Close Your Eyess
04. Deft – Lucid/Overline
05. Pacific Blue – Industry Pt. 1
06. Motor City Drum Ensemble – Keep Up
07. Lokiboi & Hackman – Untitled
09. Dexter – Great Northern Driver (Original Version)
10. Guy Andrews – Textures
11. Nautilus – Bleu Monday
12. JJ Mumbles – Boxes & Buttons (J. Wilder Remix)
13. Fybe:One – So What
14. Manni Dee – Viaduct
15. Deft – Purley (LVR2)
16. Eight And A Half – Scissots (Tokimonsta Remix)
17. Kuedo – Vectoral
18. JJ Mumbles – Beaver Eater
19. Danny Breaks – Droppin Science Vol. 1 (Phillip D Kick’s Footwork Edit)
20. Jimmy Edgar – Midnite Fone Call
21. Deft – Peak, It Werkz
22. Araabmuzik – Make It Happen
23. Deft – Andross
24. Calibre – No More
25. Lost Twin – Hecha La Trampa (Deft’s Loophole Remix)
26. Deft – Asthma
27. Deft – Tesla’s Machine
28. Pritch & Trim – Stereotype
29. Jamie Lidell – A Little Bit More (Luke Vibert Mix)
30. Bathysphere – Where’s Vicky? (Quantic Mix)
31. Blank & Kytt – Photographs

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