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Beyond his 22 years, London producer Stray exploded on to the drum & bass scene back in 2009 with the release of ‘Timbre’ on Kasra’s infamous label Critical Music. Fast forward three years and Stray’s productions have been championed by drum and bass luminaries Goldie, London Elektricity, Rockwell, Alix Perez, Calyx and Teebee, as well as earning him the attention of BBC 6 Music’s Gilles Peterson, resulting in the release of ‘Break your Legs’ on his Brownswood Records imprint.
A deep thinker, Stray’s considered approach constantly marks out his music from the competition. Whether it’s the delicate and sparse keys of ‘Pushed’, which featured on dBridge and Instra:Mental’s critically acclaimed Fabric Live 50 mix, his brutal jungle remix of ‘Raising the Bar feat. The Foreign Beggars’ or the massive tech-funk of ‘Saturday’ on Noisia’s Invisible imprint, Stray has fast established himself as one of the most diverse and visionary DJ/producers in modern drum & bass.
Stray’s ‘Oblique’ (co-produced with Sabre and Halogenix), surfaced on Critical Music in 2011, numbering amongst its fans Metalheadz CEO Goldie...
His single ‘Follow You Around’ / ‘Contract’ debuted on BMTM in September 2013 to critical acclaim.
Frederic Robinson displays a maturity of thought far beyond the young German’s 21 years. Disciplined and focused, his intensely intricate sound design, instrumentation and arrangement places him closer to contemporary classical composers such as Steve Reich, Terry Riley or Philip Glass than the more typically accepted gurus of dance music.
Having trained as a classical violinist and now studying audio design in Switzerland Frederic is fixated with the meshing of the organic and the electronic, constantly pushing his instruments in new and unconventional ways to create textures that cannot be found in any off-the-shelf software. Those who remember the early DIY synthesiser-tinkering which gave birth to Aphex Twin’s uniquely haunting sound will recognise the same spirit of innovation in the work of Frederic Robinson.
It is this fearsome and unique skill in execution which has led Frederic Robinson to the ears of tastemakers across the spectrum, from Gilles Peterson to London Elektricity, and seen a flurry of releases on Hospital Records, Brownswood, BMTM and Med School along with remix work for some of his most promising young contemporaries.