Detonate Festival will take control of Colwick Country Park on Saturday 4th June, with Nottingham’s biggest underground festival offering a range of talents from all across the bass music spectrum. With drum and bass, hip-hop, dub, grime, house and more on offer, there aren’t many festivals more tuned in to the needs of a true bass chaser. Before the festival season gets underway, here are a few picks to get you hyped for detonation.
Paleman - The Woodland Stage
A truly exceptional beat maker, Paleman exploits a background in jazz drumming to give real life to his recordings, crossing the boundary between dubstep, house and garage to create some of the most authentic UK bass in the game. Disarmingly talented as a DJ and a producer, his set at Detonate might not be the most hyped, but it’ll certainly be one of the standouts.
Redlight - The Pontoon Stage
Bristolian Redlight represents a lot of his hometown’s musical personality, merging drum and bass with lighter house and a taste for the big club party starter. Big bass lines will pound but you can expect a vocal hook or two as well.
DJ Koze - The Woodland Stage
One of the true oddballs of electronic music, DJ Koze makes some of the most consistently interesting dance music going. Supremely talented and whacky in equal measure, Koze has been responsible for a huge number of phenomenal releases, one of Germany’s best dance imprints in Pampa Records, and a DJ Kicks mix that included remixes of freaky hip hop outfit cLOUDDEAD and plenty of spliced recordings and vocal ramblings of his own making. On another plane altogether, he’s a DJ of the very highest order, both mind bending and often belly-tickling but, beyond all, a purveyor of beautiful music.
Novelist - Lakeside Stage
One of grime’s new elite, Novelist probably needs little introduction. The sparse instrumentation of ‘1 Sec’ is probably as good as any example you’ll find for the lyrical talent and limitless swag that Novelist boasts, but the boy’s a force even when Mumdance isn’t providing the beats.
Mala - The Woodland Stage
A dubstep colossus, Mala is looked at with the same sort of reverence as Burial by many, and has become a legendary figure as a producer, DJ and head of one of the definitive dubstep labels in Deep Medi. If you’re a dub fan and haven’t seen Mala before, you’ve certainly got some catching up to do.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photos courtesy of Cohenshi