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The dark and driving dancefloor distortion of insider-tipped emerging artist Beneath aka Ben Walker immediately registers as a product of the UK underground.
The Stoke-raised, Sheffield-based producer’s stripped-back, floor-locked future steppers reference early grime and dubstep and more recent UK house and funky. Following a three-EP brace of white label releases on his own No Symbols imprint, the Illusions EP for Keysound recordings (2012), and a FACT mix, Walker rounded out 2013 with a mix for Rinse FM and two additional EPs, Strike a Pose / Bellz (Niche ‘n’ Bump) and Duty / Texers (Tectonic).
Forecast for the year 2014 is a release on CTM 2014 featured label, PAN. Notably, label chief Bill Kouligas favourited Beneath track “Bored #2” in an interview for The Guardian, describing it as “Completely abstracted acid basslines in a freeform, almost Hancock mid-80s vibe, filtered through some grime methods too. Entirely beatless yet fully geared towards the dancefloor.”