“Sit down, smoke, get the keyboards, maybe hire a drummer or program it myself, smoke, mix it down, put it on CD, smoke, listen to it.”
That’s how Maurice Fulton describes his working process. It sounds straightforward, but it’s resulted in some of the most devastating dance music of the past two decades. In the same – rare – interview, Fulton says his roots are in funk, and certainly a mastery of groove is the common denominator throughout his sprawling body of work: one that encompasses house, garage, techno, jazz, disco, boogie, hip-hop and curious fusions we haven’t found names for yet.
As he prepares to release a new album under his Syclops moniker, FACT’s Tim Purdom assesses the career of this visionary producer, who hails from Baltimore and currently divides his time between Sheffield and New York, and highlights 10 crucial entries in his incomparable discography. Read it, then buy everything.