Three quarters of the musicians we've partnered with to release material via our FKOFd imprint in 2018 call Denver, Colorado home. Not bad going, given before this year we hadn't worked with any producers from the Mile High City! Our next EP sees us partner with an upcoming artist we've got seriously high hopes for - and rounds out a relatively busy year for the label. Hold onto your hats, FKOFd036 has a stepper (or four) inside.
1137 has less than a thousand followers on SoundCloud, but has impressed with his adventurous US-bred take on combining dubstep and grime - two UK genres - into the material you'll be hearing across our last four tracker of this year. We've spent a bit of time watching the producers stepping between the lines of a number of electronic genres over the last twelve months, and the tunes we've signed from 1137 exemplify the music we're most excited about at the moment.
FKOFd036 opens with the meditative 'Can't Escape It'; a near 5m audial journey into the beats, bass and space we love so much. It's a heads/ eyes down roller, that invites for more than a handful of listens with its warming low end, crisp drumwork and addictive synths. 'Undefeated' follows, with a decidedly grimey approach to its production. It's a tune that'd welcome an MC over the top of it in the dance, but is equally placed warming up the subs before the gunfingers come out. Watch for its sampling, instrumental placement and the near-roaring bassweight. 'Terror Dub' continues the slide into almost straight grime instrumental territory, with its threatening atmospheres and strings. Watch for the flip on the 2nd drop, this one's for the bass bins. Last, but definitely not least, we round off FKOFd036 with 'Engulfed' - a track that evokes nightmarish experiences thanks to the keys up top, while crashing about with its sumptuous, enveloping basslines down low.
We do say it with almost every upcoming artist we work with on releases, but if 1137 continues to produce material like the four tracks you'll find in FKOFd036 he's got a very promising future. Denver, this is clearly your time. Keep it coming!