Paris-based producer Simo Cell examines his approach to bass while we dig into the highlights of Timedance, the Bristol imprint run by Batu.
Every week on Top Flight, journalist Chal Ravens sources the best new bass, breaks and riddims from around the world – from gqom to grime, dancehall to drum & bass, footwork to FDM and more. On this episode, she’s joined by French producer and DJ Simo Cell, whose rugged, kinetic take on techno got him adopted by Bristol’s fertile bass scene, with releases on labels like Peverelist’s Livity Sound and Batu’s Timedance. He speaks to Chal about clubbing in his hometown of Nantes, and his journey from classical guitar to Ed Banger electro, right up to his current techno direction where razor-sharp sound design takes center stage. Chal also toasts the new Patina Echoes compilation on Timedance by digging into the highlights of one of Bristol’s most exciting labels. And as always, expect the latest essential releases from the world beyond 4/4, with spooky drill from London’s Sami Baha, drum chaos from Brooklyn’s Rizzla, and power-grot from Latvia’s N1L.