House legend and Daft Punk collaborator Todd Edwards is known for his hypnotic collage of cut-up samples over swung beats and lively disco-flavored basslines.
Credited as one of the godfathers of UK garage, his four to the floor beats have earned him a passionate following in Europe. In addition to his own legendary productions, Edwards has also remixed Justice, Phoenix, Klaxons, Hot Chip, Spank Rock, Boris, Appaloosa, Surkin, Robin S, Zoot Woman, St. Germain, and Dimitri From Paris.
Edwards also co-produced, co-wrote, and sang on the Daft Punk song "Face to Face" on their 2001 album Discovery.
Appleblim came to light running and releasing on the now defunct Skull Disco with Shackleton. Having been regulars at FWD>> from late 2002, then the only place you could hear dubstep, they were inspired by the likes of Digital Mystikz, Youngsta, D1 & Skream, to set up Skull Disco to release their own efforts at production. After the success of their vinyl only singles, the label went on to achieve more success with their popular CD compilations Soundboy Punishments 1 & 2.
With more and more DJs opening up to their sound after Ricardo Villalobos famously opening his sets with pitched-down Shackleton tracks, the label went from strength to strength when they released Vilalobos's epic 18 minute remix of 'Blood On My Hands' , which many saw as a meeting of the dubstep and techno worlds (although Appleblim & Shackleton would just say was a good tune!).
When he and Shackleton decided to fold Skull Disco on a high, Appleblim went about setting up Apple Pips - an outlet for some of the amazing music that he was getting passed and playing round the world.. The label debuted with Martyn's 'Suburbia' and has since released genre shattering tracks by Brackles, Instra:mental, Ramadanman, Al Tourettes, Greena, Jus Wan & Brendon Moeller.
Concentrating mainly on collaborations with Ramadanman, Geiom, Komonazmuk & Al Tourettes, Appleblim has gained a name for truly interesting and challenging remixes of Brendon Moeller, The Black Ghosts, and Planetary Assault Systems for reknowned labels such as Wave Music, Southern Fried, & Ostgut Ton. Apple Pips continues to release quality electronic dance music of all genres, with a concentration on more upcoming Bristol based talent as well as tracks from talented producers round the world.
Having spent his youth in various bands Rupert Taylor finally decided to hang up his guitar and mic and began producing electronic music fuelled by his love at the time of drum and bass and techno. Through the influential record shop Pelikan Neck he picked up on the early forms of dubstep and began focusing his productions on bass heavy garage influenced tracks. This led to his first release as “forensix (mcr)” on Revolution music in 2006 with one of his first productions.
After the release of his first record, he took a break to tighten up his production. He came back in 2009 as xxxy which led to the releases of “Reflections ep” on the influential Manchester label Mindset and “Science Fiction/651” on Formant Recordings. By late 2009 he had begun to become more and more influenced by house music which had begun to take up a much larger section of his record collection.
2010 saw the release of a split of the very well received 12” on Infrasonics. Comprised of the Baltimore influenced “Blue Flashing Lights” and the Funky Roller “Know You” which was included in FACTmagazine’s tunes of 2010 list.
Later in 2010 he released the critically acclaimed garage influenced ep “Every Step Forward” on Fortified Audio.
The January 2011 release of “You Always Start it/Ordinary Things” on Ten Thousand Yen increased xxxy’s burgeoning reputation with Pitchfork picking “ordinary things” as it’s best new tune of the day “What’s so special about “Ordinary Things” isn’t its parts, though, but how impeccably they are put together…This rush comes complete with a joyous “Whoo!” sample to let you know that, yeah, while you’re getting the chills, this is still body-moving music.”
2011 will see releases on Orca, Well Rounded, Infrasonics & All City together with Remixes for Tri Angle and the Count & Sinden.
As a DJ xxxy has produced well received mixes forFACT, BBQ & URB as well as playing dates all over the UK and Europe.
Like many producers, Leeds native Tom Wrankmore took to beatmaking at a young age, saving up to buy an MPC so he could start making music. His first productions were strongly influenced by hip-hop, garnering comparisons to artists like Madlib and other LA experimentalists based on his Out of Phase and Seasons EPs.
Now residing in London, he’s broadened his sound palette and has begun mucking about with house and garage, getting a track signed to Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Electric compilation, remixing a wide range of artists within the same field, dropping the Undivided Whole EP on the somethinksounds label and a track on the Manchester based hoya hoya label alongside Lone and Ras G. DJ sets are eclectic incorporating sounds from a wide spectrum including hip hop, garage, house, rnb, dancehall and jungle.
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