Ibiza International Music Summit founder Ben Turner is turning his attention towards London with the unveiling of the LEAF festival, a new event with Bestival creator Rob Da Bank. M gets the skinny on why now is the right time for LEAF…
Om Unit, aka Londoner Jim Coles, is a producer of bleeps and bass who views genres as something to mess with. Over ten years of music making has seen him record as 2tall and Philip K Dick as well as his current guise and produce electronics which zorb recklessly across the sphere of underground beats. His collaborators include everyone from Goldie to Machine Drum while his debut album as Om Unit is out via Civil Music on 28 October.
Edinburgh’s Young Fathers are hip-hop alchemists who have fostered a new sound that melds the DNA of rap with leftfield R&B, punk and dark electronica. Working out of a Scottish basement, Alloysious Massaquoi, Kayus Bankole and Graham 'G' Hastings have hit on a bold combination of beat, rap and song that smells of its dank birthplace. Intent on owning their sound and visual identity, they have delivered an aesthetic perfect for recession-era Britain.
Across a triology of EPs, Peckham’s Mo Kolours has stitched together a melee of sounds to create a psychedelic tapestry that’s tantalisingly tricky to pigeonhole. His lush palette puts flipped-out dub at its heart, with the roominess of Studio One’s former glories appearing to blink back to life.