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Experimental jungle producer Tom Withers is among the more pigeonhole-proof from the London drum’n’bass established. Releasing monitors mainly as Klute and Override, his skill for composing probably the most relentlessly exploratory of paths within the vocabulary of dancefloor drum’n’bass (instead of artful noodlers such as for example Plug, Mung, and Squarepusher) offers played a job in pressing jungle beyond the greater loopy confines of its “ambient” and “jazzy jungle” offshoots. While relatively classifiable as an ambient junglist himself, Withers’ paths flit about with such speed and contradiction concerning distance his function from the even more manageable result of artists such as for example Alex Reece and LTJ Bukem. A guitarist within the semi-legendary English punk music group the Stupids before locating the next degree of extreme within the exploding hardcore (as with, hardcore techno) underground, Withers released several spotty white-labels of straight-ahead dancefloor fare in the first ’90s before settling into experimental breakbeat by 1993. Withers’ route with the labyrinth of underground brands — from Certificate 18, Deep Crimson, and Octopus to Crammed subsidiaries Selector and Vocabulary — provides his two most special characteristics into concentrate; challenging, disjointed rhythms and tense, frequently melancholy melodic styles. While darkness constitutes a significant element of a lot of his paths (especially his Certificate 18 and Octopus singles), it’s combined with a lighter, even more dynamic thrust that provides his music an nearly epic experience. Withers’ Selector produces as Phume (as well as Dave Campbell, ex-Hi-Ryze) are lighter still, with components of techno and home merging with jungle’s brisker BPMs. Furthermore to his regular plan of twelves, Withers’ creation resume contains remix work with Sumosonic and Octopus labelmates Stranger (aka Inky Blacknuss), in addition to produces as Tongue, Tom Tom, and Dr. No. [Discover Also: Klute]

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