Future Beat proponents Youth Club Sounds take the reigns of a Leeds debut for Singapore’s Darker Than Wax label, in collaboration with the multi-faceted creative space Duke Studios. Label head Funk Bast*rd merges creativity and technique with great success, choosing tunes from a head-spinning range of genres but linked by one important element - irrefutable soul. A cultured globetrotter if his sets are anything to go by, Funk Bast*rd has a long reach, pulling together sounds from all over the shop to bend genres and minds all at once. He’s jazzy, he’s expressive, and he’s got a track collection to prove it.
Belgium’s Silo seems to follow a similar mantra, with productions defined by luscious melodies and ultra-smooth downtempo beats. Sometimes straying into more dancefloor focussed terrain, Silo’s best work is undoubtedly found in the laid back jazz-house musicality that threads through most of his productions, tied together with trap-like hi-hats and restrained percussive strikes. The Netherland’s Jaël finds himself in a similar boat with his comfortably lethargic strollers, though on the other hand he also looks towards pop influences for his raw materials, twisting the likes of Destiny’s Child and Sisqo in a few of his fun-packed remixes. More firmly entrenched in the colourful field of trap, compatriot Jasper Stall will add a little more fizz, removing the possibility of a subdued affair.
Representing Leeds and the 8Mana collective, Moegli completes the bill, bringing spacey electronica collages to a table already set with a tasty looking set of treats.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photos courtesy of Youth Club Sounds