Keep Up! 017: Bodymoves – North Spaulding EP
Keep Up! Records is excited to reveal its second release of the year which is another debut for the label. Its also a debut release for the artist himself, Brixton based DJ and producer BodyMoves.
North Spaulding is a four track EP of instrumental hip hop, soul and beats, carved out of a three month period of living in and around Los Angeles. Armed with a Native Instruments Maschine and a turntable, and inspired by the sights and sounds of record shops, yard sales and swap meets; North Spaulding is a raw yet soulful production.
However, this EP is more than an homage to the LA beat scene. Opening track This Is Gabor’s House is more dusty Afrohouse than Flying Lotus with rootsy percussion, chanting and otherworldly melodies running throughout. Mellow Cotton is an off kilter hip hop number, this time working a soulful vocal sample and reshaping it into some entirely different. What You Gonna Do edges towards disco with a memorable brass hook and the same Maschine edit treatment. The EP closes on a mellow but soulful, swinging tip with Next Up, by using a cleverly chopped up sample which seems to be playing backwards as well as forwards and a killer sub.
North Spaulding works not just in the headphones but out on the dancefloor and is just the beginning for BodyMoves. Watch this space!
Brixton based beatmaker BodyMoves has been playing soulful house, beats, funk and disco around South London’s eclectic dancefloors for over five years. Over the years his music, (in different guises but mainly as BRXTNFNK) has had DJ support from Josey Rebelle, iZem, Hector Plimmer and Bobafatt. It has featured on mtv.co.uk, Comedy Central and the BBC, and he recently remixed a track by Collocutor from their Gilles Peterson All Winners album for Peckham via SubSaharan Africa label, On The Corner Records.
BodyMoves hosts regular radio shows on Nula.FM and Dinamo.FM as well as guesting on NTS Radio with CDr and was a finalist at the Samplethon beatmaking competition in 2014 organised by WhoSampled.com and iconic music library Boosey and Hawkes.
‘An original melange of tropical, tough beats, soulfulness and a little darkness’ – Dom Servini, Wah Wah 45s
‘This is killer! Low slung discobeats done proper. Full support!’ – DJ Gilla, First Word Records