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Mixtape Presents Flava D (UK) & EZ Riser
June 1, 2018, 10:00 pm
On the face of it, the Bournemouth born Flava D’s outlook on her career seems pretty simplistic: she likes to make music, constantly. And although there’s undoubtedly a whole lot more planning and thought that goes into the thinking behind the timing and positioning of her releases, she’s maintained the purity of that initial enthusiasm and it’s helped her go from selling beats on Myspace to headlining club nights and festivals and releasing well-received album projects (such as her FABRICLIVE 88 mix and the TQD album ukg) in a number of years.
Ever since the appearance of ‘Hold On’, her 2013 debut release on the Butterz label, Flava D’s ably established herself as a player working in that furtive arena where garage, grime and bassline music intersects. More than adept at making the wonderfully smooth and bumpy UKG of tracks like ‘More Love’, she’s also demonstrated a knack for producing harder hitting club cuts like ‘In the Dance’ and her remix of ‘Rhythm & Gash’. It’s precisely that kind of widened scope she explored and demonstrated to the fullest in the making of FABRICLIVE 88 when she set herself the task of producing 90% of the music used on the mix herself.
As a core part of the Butterz record label she’s found a crew that’s positively blossomed from the incorporation of her music and as a result of that relationship she’s collaborated with luminaries like Wiley and My Nu Leng, toured the globe relentlessly and [possibly more importantly] been afforded a position where she’s encouraged to just make music, constantly.
As one half of Bay Beat Collective (BBC), India’s oldest bass crew, Sohail Arora has been pushing bass music for over 8 years now. He has played a big role in building the bass music scene in India as an artist and a promoter. His solo project EZ Riser aims to showcase newer forms of electronic music with particular focus on beats, footwork, drum & bass, trap, hip-hop and bass house. A self-confessed music geek and influenced by artists such as DJ Rashad, Clap Clap, Zinc, Machinedrum, Addison Groove, Om Unit, Stray, Romare, Four Tet, Flako, J Dilla, Kendrick Lamar, Nicolas Jaar and many more, EZ Riser’s spectrum of music is highly versatile.