Simple Pres. Lone and Happa

  • Lone Whether it’s his long-standing love of 90s hip hop, passing penchant for the bright lights and sounds of hardcore or career defining old school house releases, Lone’s music is steeped in nostalgia. Studio or club born, he teases a dance floor ready sound from the in-between places of your consciousness, making you feel warm and fuzzy without quite knowing why. Prolific from an early age with six album releases to his name already, it was Nottingham born and now London based Matt Cutler’s energetic 2010 LP, ‘Emerald Fantasy Tracks’ which truly put him on the artistic map. The accolades amassed from there on, Lone’s last two long-players – the sweet as candy ‘Galaxy Garden’ and dusty hip-house hitter ‘Reality Testing’ – catching the ear of the critics, whilst his high profile remixes, including Radiohead, Disclosure, Friendly Fires, Nathan Fake, TEED, Underworld, Steffi and Midland spread his sound to the masses. Whilst Lone’s sampled and swinging beats speak for themselves, it can’t have hurt to be vindicated by signing with the prestigious R&S Records, where house tracks go to become house classics. This was exactly the fate reserved for his 2013 R&S release ‘Airglow Fires’, one of his best-loved releases to date which captures everything we love about the old school house revival of the last few years and was quickly filed under ‘classic’ in the proverbial music shelves of all. For his freshest release, the intense LP ‘Levitate’, Lone has dragged a collection of feverish breakbeats out of hibernation to create a short-and-sweet 34-minute soundscape that was born in the hallucinatory depths of an actual fever, the breakneck psychedelic journey described by Cutler himself as ‘an intense blast’. The golden imperfections of all Lone tracks have transported many a bedroom listener to aural planets unknown, but the experience is completed by seeing Lone interpret his own music in the flesh. His live set weaves the best and brightest of his entire discography into an audio-visual tapestry, gilded by visual artist Konx-om-Pax and live drummer Chris Boot. As a house, soul, hip hop and techno fan, you can also find Lone throwing down the best of all four during DJ sets – his Magicwire x NTS residency a good indication of the kind of heat you can expect when he gets behind the booth. Cutler has focused his wandering creative mind into a rapidly growing discography which is vibrant, surprising and – like the crackle of an old vinyl – intensely evocative. No matter how you choose to experience it, Lone’s contribution to music is unique. Happa In 2012 a 14-year-old Samir Alikhanizadeh AKA Happa started uploading his take on UK Bass & Techno to SoundCloud. He quickly won the praises of tastemakers including Loefah, Skream, Annie Mac, and Ben UFO. The same year he remixed Vondelpark (R&S) and Four Tet (Text) whilst beginning to mix exclusive sets for Mary Anne Hobbs XFM show and Mixmag's ‘Mix of the week’. A lot to happen for a 15-year-old. His first 12″ release came on underground London label CHURCH which won more support. 2013 saw some special releases from Happa come out on Boomkat and part of Bleep’s Green Series, which young Samir displayed his direction moving towards the tougher techno side of electronic music. His DJ career has seen him play at some of the most prestigious venues and festivals around Europe including; Bestival, Glastonbury, Dimensions Outlook, ADE, Warehouse Project, Golden Pudel, Sonar and Trouw to name a few. ” In 2015 his own label ‘Part Five Records’ was born along with his critically acclaimed ‘PT1 EP’ which displayed a qualitative axis shift for Happa; his aptitude at marrying pounding beats with dark, ominous landscapes was sharpened to a knife edge, his way around a foreboding bass has become laser like. In 2016 ‘PT2’ arrived and suggesting if PT 1 was the product of a young artist refining his sound, PT 2 is the bass-heavy, hypnotic call to arms of an artist with enough raw talent and perseverance to create something truly astounding.
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