We are extremely privileged to be welcoming D/R/U/G/S to the Dusk Dubs family, hailing from both Manchester and London, electronic artist D/R/U/G/S appears to be part of a slow yet highly welcomed reemergence of ambient house music, creating serotonin-inducing textures that are as contemplative as they are danceable.
D/R/U/G/S, for all the brackets and backslashes makes an awesome racket. Dealing in club music, but with an organic, spacey bent, tracks manage to be both languid and dynamic: songs that reach high but stretch out slowly. Live shows transcend what is traditionally exptected of a club set. A mesh of analogue and digital, djing and performance. A regular staple on the club and festival circuit since his first 12" release.
One of the most sought after remixers around, Lana Del Rey, Moby, The Go Team, Crystal Fighters, Max Cooper and whole host of respected producers and artists have sought to collaberate in the past 4 years. His own singles such as 'Love/Lust' (Moshi Moshi) and 'Overcome' (Bad Life) have also garnered a wide online response aswell as strong radio support from Radio 1, 6Music and beyond.
D/R/U/G/S debut album 'Colossal Divide' will be released early 2016
He can be found here...
Here are a few words from the man himself.....
1) GZA - 4th Chamber - My earliest musical purchase im prepared to admit to would be a Wu Tang - Gravel Pit cassette. Growing up moslty in South
London meant Hip Hop and UK Garage was all anyone listened to throughout secondary school and I was no different.
2) LCD Soundsystem - Someone Great - I think LCD opneded a lot of kids minds to the dance world when their first album came out. I was staunch indie at the time and my concept of dance music didnt extend much beyond the unspeakable crimes that go on in places like Tiger Tiger so for this I am ever grateful.
3) Prince - Controversy - The best live performer ive ever seen, by a mile too not even close, I knew 2 songs when I saw him live. Did fuck all aswell which
is the weird thing, just stood there and played. Defintely made me re-analyse my priorities where live performance is concered.
4) Mount Kimbie - Maybes - When I first broke through as an artist in 2011 I remember not having too many contempories who were doing my kind of thing, especially in this country cos I was very much a live artists, mostly playing shows with bands and being on band type labels and even though it was only 4 years ago there was noticeably less cross over than now. It was super reasuring to play what was our 3rd or 4th show with these and know that there was other weird electronic types kicking about too.
5) John Murphy - Adagio in D Minor - I talk alot about the emotional impact music can have, i still dont understand it but certain tracks have that
element whether its a chord change or a cresendo or whatever that just lifts you somehow. This track is one of my first memories of that feeling. Something ive tried to recreate.
6) Orbital - Belfast - When i first got compared to these i didnt know who the fuck they were. For some reason i had it in my head that they were a shit kind of World Cup anthem, Stoke on a saturday night, Wetherspoons type of band. I was wrong.
7) Aphex Twin - Heliosphan - Possibly the greatest piece of ambient electronic music ever. Maybe.
8) Nathan Fake - The Sky Was Pink (James Holden Remix) - Heard this and got into dance music basically.
9) David Bowie - Hearts Filthy Lesson - I remember hearing this at the end of Seven when I was about 12 and it disturbed me more than the film (which was pretty disturbing). Its just mental really,
10) The Chemical Brothers - Saturate - About the only thing I can remember from my first Glastonbury is the chems playing this on the saturday night. Was a life changing weekend in many ways.
11) MONO - The Flames Beyond The Cold Mountain - Going back to the earlier point of emotional impact in song, just before i discovered dance music i went through a big post-rock / ambient which was hugely influential on the music i was making at the time and still is really. This track is a great example of that, as is most of Mono's stuff.