I just found Fanu’s blog… Awesome! Some of you may know who Fanu is, but for those of you who don’t, Fanu, in addition to Equinox, Senses, 0=0 and Breakage, is one of the most talented breakbeat (or more specifically choppage style of drum ‘n’ bass) artists today. It is not an overstatement to say that Fanu is one of the best drum ‘n’ bass producers today. But the reason that I am really excited that I found his blog is that he has put up a lot of his tracks (both released and unreleased) for download. Now when you are looking for the style of drum ‘n’ bass that he produces, there is not much out there in the way of usual drum ‘n’ bass labels. Sure there are a couple that have each signed up one or two of this tracks, but nothing in the way of a full length album.
However, Inperspective Records, started by Chris Inperspective, does a lot of this kind of drum ‘n’ bass. In fact Equinox, Senses and Breakage are signed up to that label. In addition, they also have a ton of mixes and sample clips for download.
So what is choppage? It is really hard for me to describe but it kind of like seriously chopped up breakbeats meets drum ‘n’ bass… and I really mean serious bass. Bailey, on his weekly drum ‘n’ bass show on BBC 1Xtra got me hooked onto the stuff. Each week, he would end his show by playing a 20 min set of choppage, and the first time I heard him play “Acid Rain” by Equinox, I was blown over. There was no going back!
Well as you can guess, I started looking at the usual places trying to find CD releases of Equinox and Breakage, but there was nothing to be found in the way of CDs. I found Chris Inperspective’s Inperspective Records website and there I was able to download sample clips and some mixes. I even wrote to the label asking if they would be releasing anything on CD in addition to vinyl but they wrote back to say that there was really no plan to do CDs.
A few weeks later, Bailey introduced us to Fanu. Right away, it was obvious that this chap had the skills! Unfortunately, Fanu was doing most of his work from home and was not signed to any particular label, so for the longest time the only tracks that I heard of his were on Bailey’s show. Later, a couple of Fanu’s tracks were signed to a few labels here and there, but I think those are mainly slated for vinyl. So you can now understand why I am really excited I found Fanu’s blog!
Oh by the way, Bailey just introduced us once again to a really awesome new artist called Dub 1. So once again the search begins to find out more about this new artist