After almost a decade of singles, 2013 sees DJ Q release his debut album.
Real name Shollen Quarshie, Q emerged as one of the stars of the UK’s Niche / bassline house explosion in the mid-’00s, teaming up with MC Bonez on the crossover hit ‘U Wot?’. He released a steady succession of singles around this time, and joined BBC Radio 1xtra as a presenter in 2006, remaining on the station until 2012.
Recent years have seen Q extend his palette to UK garage, grime and vocal pop, releasing on Unknown to the Unknown, Toddla T’s Girls Music and Local Action, the label that will be releasing Q’s debut album [disclaimer: the label is run independently by FACT staff member Tom Lea]. Although Q released a full length bassline retrospective, The Archive, through his own Q Recordings imprint last year, this represents his first solo artist album.
The album is expected in Autumn, and comes preceded by a single, ‘Trust Again’, due at the end of January. It features Brit School alumnus and past Q collaborator Louise Williams on vocals, and will be released with remixes from TS7, DJ Q (a 4×4 mix), and Karl ‘Tuff Enuff’ Brown, formerly one half of veteran UK garage duo Tuff Jam with Matt Jam Lamont.
You can stream ‘Trust Again’ below.