Beneath’s label Mistry has been on a tear in 2015, releasing some sound system belters with a Bristolian edge from Laksa and Batu.
Capping Mistry’s second year in business is the debut release from Cambridge-born, Brixton-based rookie Gaunt, who makes an absolutely massive entrance with his Crowd Noise EP.
Bred on dubstep and drum & bass, 20-year-old Jack Warne says he had his 4/4 conversion during a Peter Van Hoesen set in Amsterdam when he was “oblivious to what techno was.” After moving to London to study graphics, another pivotal night out at Plastic People encouraged him to send off a folder of his tunes to Beneath, who sensibly snapped them up.
The four-track EP is led by the gristly, heavy-hitting ‘Crowd Noise’, which got him the seal of approval from Pearson Sound when the Hessle Audio DJ played it on Rinse recently: “Kinda wish there was still a studio phone line, see if we can get 15 missed calls on this one.” After that the action takes a sideways step into the dread-mongering ‘JP’ and the skittering, K-holed ‘SP12’, while ‘MMRH’ flirts with triplet rhythms and techno dynamics to keep its steel-coated surfaces bouncing straight through peak-time.
Check out ‘MMRH’ below and grab the EP from Mistry on December 4.