Keeping the ball rolling in our Bokah Mix series, we have something quite special to follow up the finely tuned package of bouncy house that Aaron Lipsett brought to the fray. Put together by one of the fastest rising producers in the underground UK bass scene right now, our sixth mix is a short but sharp workout in low swung, techno induced house, and is brought to you by Applebottom.
Emerging from the endless pool of Bristol beat-makers, and initially making a name for himself through the exponentially growing Eton Messy network, Joe Arthur honed his Applebottom sound with a string of standout productions. Like many of his Bristol peers, who have thrived on the recycling of 90’s R&B vocals, chopping and relaying them over soft bouncy synths, Joe too has exceled at this, but taken it in a different direction.
Leaning towards the techno-fuelled side of house, his productions bubble away with multiple percussive claps and hollow metallic synth work the likes of Boddika and Joy Orbison would be proud of. Tracks like ‘I.M.O.G.E.N’ and ‘Let You’ showcase this, reviving the 80’s Acid House sound but cementing themselves in more soulful territory, with apt choices in vocal cuts that lift them from their steely foundations.
With numerous tracks scattered across YouTube and his Souncloud page, Joe’s debut release finally came with the superbly refined ‘All Nite’ on the highly regarded MadTech imprint, the sister-label to powerhouse Champion Records. The title track flares with pumping percussion and one almighty hook, and is backed by the gritty ‘Turn On The Faith’. Both tracks demonstrate his ability in building upon layers, creating tension through his use of percussion, so that when all elements are pulled together the results are devastating.
The mix Joe’s put together for us is a concise reflection of the Applebottom sound; locking you in to a playful mixture of deep house and techno, rounding off with his slick 50 Cent rework and everyone’s favourite Polkadot number. Listen and download the mix below – it will sure as hell get you moving.
Kool Vibe – House Fever
Cuartero – Soluciones
Darius Syrossian – 10 Miles From Lima
Otik – Tremble
Walker & Royce – Body Talk (Re-wrub)
Agnès, Eddie Leader & Iron Curtis – A Night At Jb’s (Eddie Leader & Iron Curtis Mix)
50 Cent – Just A Little Bit (Applebottom In Da House Refix)
Polkatdot – Wasn’t Like That
Rampa feat. Meggy – Everything