It’s no surprise Hackney-born Dean Blunt has been operating under the radar for some time, first with Inga Copeland as Hype Williams and now under his own moniker. He actively invents tall stories – from becoming a champion boxer to being caught stealing stuffed raccoons – in an effort to throw people off the scent. And, although it's almost as though he doesn’t want to be discovered, he's still managed to subvert pop’s natural order with a string of innovative releases.
Deafkid have a sound that reaches into every corner of alt-pop, from indie to electronica, evoking comparisons to alt-J and Django Django. The duo, one Englishman and one Frenchman, are seasoned professional musicians, having worked on Ghostpoet's debut album Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam . Here, they show off their skills at a live session exclusively for M at Tileyard Studios.
This well-travelled London four-piece have distilled their disparate collective heritage – spanning Chile, Hungary, Ethiopia and Germany – into a persuasive mix of shrewd urban pop and scratchy electronics. Borne of many years of experience performing with Amy Winehouse, Tom Jones, Nitin Sawhney, Eric Lau and Connan Mockasin, all four are well-versed musicians and it shows. They have already won plaudits from Dummy, The Guardian and Metro, but stark debut single Litmus Test should do much to raise their profile when it lands next month.
Kevin McKay is one of electronic music’s real renaissance men. Label owner, DJ, producer, A&R – he’s done it all. As co-founder of Breastfed he helped discover Mylo and is currently busying himself with the revival of his legendary Glasgow Underground label. M caught up with him to talk about the state of dance music in 2013.
As a founder member of the 20th Century Steel Band, Fimber Bravo's music pricked the ears of a generation of hip-hop artists who sampled the group’s 1975 album Heaven & Hell. Since then the steel pan specialist has collaborated with artists all over the world from Sun Ra Arkestra to Morcheeba. 2013 has seen him diversify further with a new record that combines electronic production with classic percussion and includes an impressive cast of talent from Hot Chip to Zongamin.