Teenage producer Will Horton marks himself out as one to watch
Hailing from the southwest of the UK, D&B producer Will Horton AKA DreamSkape is just 19 years old and this EP for Bristol label Lockdown Recordings is, I'm told, his first ever release. But I'd never have guessed that in a million years!
The EP consists of four tracks, of which the first is City Ascent. Opening with atmospheric synth notes and cut-up vocal snips that take yours truly back 30 years to the likes of Jonny L and Acen, the track then slowly builds into an broody affair that never lifts above headnodding tempo, and that's centred around a truly cavernous bassline. Then there's a change of pace in the form of a superb pair of deep, dark steppers: Distant Dreams and the similarly styled Golden Smile, the latter sporting echoing "rastaman vibration!" vocal snips, before the EPs completed by Underdog itself, a team-up with label regular Ill Truth that has a harder, techier edge.
I was loving this EP from the minute I heard it. 10-20 listens later and after learning how young the guy is – colour me blown away.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 11 May
Review Score: 9