Pioneering Peckham label Rhythm Section sticks to a strict genre-averse doctrine, wilfully bulldozing boundaries with cut after cut of heterogenous joy.
The imprint was founded by tastemaking supremo Bradley Zero four years ago, forged from a white-hot melting pot of South London talent and global mindedness.
After just three releases – which have since been dubbed the Peckham Triology – Rhythm Section received the Gilles Peterson stamp of approval via a Label of the Year nod at his Worldwide Awards.
Bradley and his cohorts have since gone on to work with a slew of ace artists and producers including Ruf Dug, Henry Wu, Anu, Mallard and MLE, beaming dance-friendly, broad-minded sounds into the heart of the capital and beyond.
Here, the label’s Emily Hill gives us the lowdown on some of her favourite Rhythm Section releases so far, and offers us a tantalising taste of other imprints on repeat at RS HQ…
Our own cuts:
Chaos in the CBD – Midnight in Peckham
One of the most popular releases on Rhythm Section, it’s a record of four classic house cuts – sublime, melancholic and meditative. An absolutely fantastic record from the New Zealand boys.
Mallard – Verte
Mallard would be at the front of every Rhythm Section party, dancing until the very end. It was such a pleasure to be able to put out his first record and give him the platform to shine. Definitely a young talent to watch.
Local Artist – Feelings
Local Artist presented us with three different tracks tied together by his dubwise approach to production. An incredibly versatile record and essential to any record collection.
FYI Chris – Snafubar
Two of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. This record is layered with dusty house beats and ready-for-the-dancefloor cuts. Definitely one of my favourite records.
30/70 – Misrepresented
One of our boldest ventures to date, this has been a really exciting project to be a part of. The record is a cosmic explosion of neo-soul, jazz and funk and will surely elevate 30/70 onto the international stage.
From other labels:
DJ Python – Dulce Compania [we picked Yo Ran (Do) from the LP]
Every track on DJ Python’s latest release is absolutely class. The beats are a fusion of breakbeat, reggaeton and deep house – definitely one to check out.
Jayda G & Laylay – Monroe Bumpa/ 186 Halin’ (Loving Myself Mix) [we couldn’t find this one on Spotify unfortunately]
Jayda G, in cahoots with Laylay, brings to the table a dancehall-inspired disco record on Freakout Cult. I absolutely love this and at RS HQ we absolutely love Jayda, an honorary member of the RS family for life.
Vaskular – Desastre [we picked Stent from the EP]
A four-track release on Coméme, this record is infused with Chilean house vibes, hard-hitting percussion and striking synth layers. This release is certified party material.
Vels Trio – Yellow Ochre [we picked Part 1 from the release]
A really sick record which shows just how talented the band is and how they’ve manifested their own unique sound in the form of some infectious jazz groovers.
Nubya Garcia – Nubya’s Five [we picked Lost Kingdoms from the LP]
An incredibly talented musician, we have had the pleasure of hosting Nubya twice at Rhythm Section live events. This record is simple, uplifting and an absolute classic.
Rhythm Section is throwing a bash at the Bussey Building, Peckham, tonight (Friday), with Tenderlonious (live), Shy One, Bradley Zero and Z Lovecraft.