Carte Blanche to Ben UFO
(Batu, Ploy & Bruce - UK)
Timedance owner, Batu has carved out a unique sound in a shockingly short space of time since his debut with Pinch’s Cold Recordings in 2013. Subsequent 12″s for Hotline, Pev & Kowton’s Dnuos Ytivil in 2013 and Beneath’s Mistry have found him grounded in Bristolian bassbin principles yet pushing that prism in wild, crooked new ways that have become something of a signature aesthetic.
At the front of the dance, Batu and his tight-knit Timedance label are British bass music’s current muse. Leading the label, Batu was showered with praise in 2016 – voted 12th in Mixmag’s Breakthrough DJs of 2016, and his killer track Reez featured in Fact’s Best house and techno of 2016, while the label saw similar love across the board from RA, Mixmag, Fact and The Quietus, who proclaimed ‘2016 was Timedance’s year’.
Ploy, the pseudonym of South London based artist Sam Smith, emerged onto the scene in 2016 with his debut release, ‘Sala One Five’ on the renowned Hessle Audio label, expertly followed up by a slew of EP’s finding residence on Batu’s Timedance imprint, the faction whom collectively carved out a unique sound in a shockingly short space of time, grounded in UK bassbin principles yet pushing that prism in wild, crooked new ways that have become something of a signature aesthetic..
Ploy’s unique sound has a place among modern electronic music’s most innovative, receiving remix treatment from the likes of Beatrice Dillon and Peder Mannerfelt.
As well as regularly performing in Europe’s top venues, having already mixed an Electronic Explorations podcast, held down multiple NTS shows and a week-long residency on Rinse FM, and Fact Mix most recently. 2018 sees a hefty release schedule, with the South Londoner continuing to strain the most challenging of dance floors and bassbins alike.
Bruce has been crashing into the UK dance music scene and beyond since his rst releases in 2014. He plays with established norms and builds tracks as much around empty space as the beats between, making particular use of a deadly silence that comes at you unexpectedly. He has released on Hessle Audio, Hemlock or Idle Hands.