Planet Mu’s East Man sets out his fresh take on grime, and Fractal Fantasy signing Martyn Bootyspoon drops an energetic club mix.
On this week’s episode of Top Flight, Chal Ravens takes the pulse of the global club scene to find the most exciting new sounds from the world beyond 4/4. Kicking off in East London, we hear from grime producer East Man, a new alias for veteran breaks producer Anthoney Hart. His forthcoming album on Planet Mu, Red, White & Zero, is a searing hybrid of grime, dancehall, drum & bass and techno – a strikingly original new sound which he’s dubbed “Hi-Tek”. Brought to life by MCs like Killa P, Irah and Darkos Strife, the album captures a generation whose energy and imagination is threatened by fear, violence and marginalization – a situation that cultural theorist Paul Gilroy depicts in a special essay for the record, which he reads out loud for us. Next, we’re off to Montreal to meet newcomer Martyn Bootyspoon. He reveals how Chicago greats like Armando and Steve Poindexter have influenced his brilliant new EP on Fractal Fantasy, Silk Eternity, before showing us how he does it in the booth with a dark and sexy club mix. All of that plus the week’s hottest new club tracks.