Stray + Deft
Friday 27th October
£5 Adv tickets:
Stray (Ivy Lab / Exit Records / 20/20)
London based producer Stray made his first mark on the Drum & Bass scene back in 2009 but has since cemented himself in the wider underground electronic music scene. Though initially known for his stripped back, dark & minimal 170bpm material, he quickly went on to showcase a remarkable variety of styles whilst keeping a distinctive and recognisable quality to the music.
The range of influential labels who have released it over the years reflects the diversity of his output, from 2011's jungle-juke workout 'Break Your Legs' on Gilles Peterson's Brownswood imprint right up to the slew of unique Hip Hop & Footwork hybrids released recently on dBridge's esteemed Exit Records, such as the 'Chatterbox' EP from 2014.
Stray is also one third of Drum & Bass supergroup Ivy Lab, alongside his longtime friends and collaborators Sabre and Halogenix. To say that the trio's releases on Kasra's Critical Music have taken the scene by storm would be an understatement, and in addition their London clubnight '20/20' has gathered ample recognition and success since it's inception in 2014. It's clear through these nights & their recent productions that the group are seriously influencing a new and fast expanding cross pollination of dancefloor tinged Hip Hop and british basslines which borrows heavily from the Drum & Bass aesthetic and engineering muscle. Sustaining work on his solo output amidst Ivy Lab's success, Stray's material regularly continues to gain support from key tastemakers such as Annie Mac, Gilles Peterson, Toddla T, Friction, Machinedrum, Mark Pritchard, Youngsta, Om Unit, Alix Perez, Kutmah and many
Over his years of releasing music, Yip Wong AKA Deft has become an immediately recognisable producer that skilfully hops from headphone to dance styles through cinematic sound design, crisp intricate percussion and immersive atmospheres.
Having come from Croydon, with his beginnings in music as a drummer, Deft has managed to escape the stigma of his home town’s heritage and establish his own signature sonic personality, drawing influence from Hip Hop, House, 140, Jungle and Footwork. However, with this in mind, he is able to display these influences through technique and style, making him impressively adept at shaking off the constraints of genre and tempo. This identity has gained him the support of Gilles Peterson, Mark Pritchard, Addison Groove, DJ Shadow, Daedelus, Om Unit and Rockwell amongst many others.
Beginning with the release of his track ‘Paradise’ on Disconnected Sounds in 2011, swiftly followed by a free album through Bandcamp (the first of his ‘Before’ series), Deft’s profile within the electronic music scene has seen him strive from peak to peak through a strong and consistent set of highly praised EP’s, collaborations and remixes through labels such as WotNot, Rwina, Project Mooncircle, Skullcandy, 2nd Drop, Brownswood and Hypercolour offshoot Space Hardware to name a few.
Along with having the opening track for Maya Jane Coles’ ‘DJ Kicks Mix CD’ (!K7 Records), remixing for the likes of Gang Colours (Brownswood), Ital Tek (Civil Music), Ivy Lab (Critical Music) Submerse (Project Mooncircle), Hector Plimmer, Tiga and Graham Coxon (EMI), and having received huge press support from XLR8R, Pitchfork and FACT Magazine, Deft shows no sign of stopping his ever growing arsenal of extensive and varied material.
As a member of the ever-expanding WotNot Music collective and 20/20 LDN crew, Deft began his performances through live shows, bringing high levels of vigour and excitement to dancefloors in the UK, and has now transferred this energy into his his eclectic and fruitful DJ Sets around the world. Along with headline shows in tours around Europe and Japan, he has supported and played alongside the likes of Skream, Machinedrum, Martyn, Tessela, Bullion, Tokimonsta, Reso and Paul White, as well as having an appearance on the infamous Boiler Room and performing at Gilles peterson 2016 Worldwide Awards.
From hard hitting, highly energised dancefloor cuts, to lo-fi, emotively powerful soundscapes, this is the ever-evolving world of Deft.