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Against the Clock: Thefft

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If FACT TV has taught us one thing, its that our readers (or, erm, viewers) like to see how musicians make things.

Egyptian Lover playing his Roland TR-808 live through a hotel alarm clock is the most popular episode we’ve uploaded since our relaunch, while MPC demonstrations from AraabMUZIK and FunkinEven and a remix tutorial with MK aren’t far behind. This prompted us to launch a new series, Against the Clock. The rules are very simple: in each episode, we’ll take one of our favourite artists, and get them to build something there and then. They have 10 minutes to do so, and have to start with a blank screen – though naturally, pre-made samples and patches are allowed.

For episode number two, we met newcomer Thefft. Although Thefft’s only been releasing records for a year, his unique take on drum programming has seen him emerge as one of the UK’s most interesting new artists, with a natural shuffle and bounce to his tracks that others would kill for. We camped up at his flat in Brockley, South London and watched him work.

Watch the first episode, with xxxy, here.

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