“I put together this mix to showcase sounds that inspire and inform all the genres I work in. Rough, crackly, sample based muzik. Look out for 2 new O$VMV$M ep’s this year and more music forthcoming on Bandulu Records” ~ Neek
Removed from Grime’s London epicenter, Bristol’s Bandulu records have spent the past few years pushing a darker, more minimal approach to the genre’s instrumental resurgence. Equally informed by Bristol’s sound system tradition and grime’s original wave of spare, functional riddims, the label’s vinyl-only releases have not only carved out a unique space in an increasingly competitive landscape, but have also served as a launchpad for a new generation of local producers.
While label co-founder Kahn is a known entity thanks to his success producing dubstep on labels like Deep Medi, little has been written about his production partner and label co-owner Neek. An equal hand in the label and a longtime grime listener and DJ, Neek’s influence looms large in smashes like ‘Percy’, ‘Chevy’, and ‘Can’t Look Away’.
He’s also a man with much to say about functionality in dance music, genre, his hometown and plenty of other topics that make one wonder why he flies under the radar. [Words: FACT]