ZEMON: Top 10 Artists
Ahead of ZEMON's debut EP "Dark" with Ultra Bass Records, we talk about some of the amazing talent in the garage scene and gave us his top 10 favourite artists (listed shortest name to longest). A man with great tastes, ZEMON provides us with a massively talented list of some of the biggest underground artists, as well as those who deserve a little bit more recognition. If you're looking for new garage music, these are the people to look to:
El-B originally made his name as part of the legendary Groove Chronicles outfit, being the first artist to bring a dark edge to UK Garage with tracks like ‘Stone Cold’ and ‘1999’. Through his own Ghost Records imprint, El-B has sculpted and defined the modern dubstep sound and famously inspired the prodigious talent of Burial, Benga, Skream and countless others.
The mysterious Mindofadragon has been on a torrid pace, outputting an insane amount of quality productions including "Lemonade" and his album "Keep Cracking On," featuring his unique skippy garage sound, as always, accompanied by some rude boy bass lines that'll test the low end of even the best speaker system. Definitely one of our favourites here at Ultra Bass, Mindofadragon continues his dominance of the genre with the announcement of his next release, "Believe" out next week on Slime Recordings.
Hailing from Melbourne, Tigs is a trailblazer of the garage scene down under, and dominates the circuits worldwide with a range of releases on Loophole Recordings, Highly Swung Records, and Raw Tactics Records with our man ZEMON. A tastemaker on Juno Download, Tigs plays a major role in spreading the garage vibe outside of the UK.
DJ/producer from the south coast. He started mixing at 11, producing at 16 and by the age of 20 he was releasing tracks and Djing in clubs. Moony established his name within the Grime scene, but his roots in UK Garage and his taste for bass driven up beat House and Dub cannot go un-noticed both his production and DJ sets.
A man with a penchant for low-end basslines and dazzling rhythmic patterns, Champion is no stranger to innovation in his productions and made his mark on the UKunderground with the breakthrough release of his debut effort, the scintillating Motherboard EP on Terror Danjah’s Hardrive imprint in 2011.
With musicality being the focus of his work it’s no surprise that the East London beatsmith has managed to produce seminal music that touches upon House, UK Funky and Grime with effortless attention to detail and without dilution - as heard on his releases for Butterz (Crystal Meth) and Roska Kicks & Snares (Rainforest EP).
Whilst only in the embryonic stages of his career he can already count tastemaker publications such as The Guardian, Pitchfork, The Wire, FACT, XLR8R, Dummy and The Quietus as firm admirers of his craft. Whilst his DJ peers such as Mark Ronson, Diplo, Annie Mac, Benji B, Four Tet, Skream & Benga, Redlight and Ben UFO have all been clamouring to fit his latest productions into their sets.
Not content with all the fanfare received from others he has turned his attention to running his own label, Formula Records. The label has been a hub for his much sought-after creations such as Lighter, Sensitivity and Crazy and has earned the label a residency at London’s East Village - where he has invited the likes of Ossie, Funkystepz, Royal-T, Ill Blu and Swindle to join him on his bass odyssey.
With all this wind in his sails, fans of the prolific producer can look forward to landmark releases in 2013 on Digital Soundboy, Hyperdub and of course Formula Records - which are all set to etch Champion’s name in stone as one of the leading lights of the next generation of UK producers.
Head admiral of our friends over at Highly Swung Records, we admire DJ Impact's strong passion for the garage scene. Flying under the radar, he is responsible for the cultivating much of the up-and-coming talent in the garage and underground house scene. Winner of the Best DJ/Presenter at the Pirate Radio Awards 2015, DJ Impact continues his show full of the best selections in UK Garage every Tuesday. Catch the replay of his show on his Mixcloud.
A bassline and 4x4 producer from Stroud in the southwest, Fiyahman has been producing, well...fiyah! With releases on Second To None Music and In:Flux Audio, among many others, ZEMON has touted his skills and expertise in that heavy bassline sound, and one listen to his Soundcloud will show you why.
Sammy Virji does it all, house, grime, bassline and garage. Well-rounded in multiple genres, it shows through his articulate productions, complex to show off his expertise, yet primal enough to drop some "bass face" and get you onto the dance floor. Loving what I'm hearing so far from Sammy and expect that his productions will only grow in quality and quantity. Hey Sammy...hit us up!
Last but certainly not least, Tuff Culture is a veteran in the garage scene and garnered support from some of the largest platforms such as BBC Radio, Kiss FM, and Rinse FM, and for good reason! Producing a constant stream of some of the best garage and bass house Tuff Culture continues to make an impression among the UKG family both new and old. Check out some more of his music here.