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Headhunter first made his mark in Dubstep by starting a label with Drum n Bass producer, Tech Itch in early 2006. Soon after 2 releases were in rotation, Tempa, the genre's pioneer label soon made the link to sign him exclusively along side Tempas Benga and Skream.
Hailing from one of dubstep's landmark cities; Bristol, he's crafted a unique and distinctive style that reflects the soundsystem-inspired culture of his hometown and does justice to its rich musical history. With 2 Ep's released on Tempa and a string of remixes of producers such as Martin Buttrich, Brendon Moller, and Antix- the winter of '08 saw Headhunter focus on the anticipated release of his album on Tempa, as well as forthcoming collaborations and remixes with Drum N Bass’s Kryptic Minds and Leon Switch.
“Nomad” Headhunters absolutely superb debut long player-long occupied his own particular nich of the dubstep scene, sitting comfortably between the ultra heavy bass styles of Skream, Benga and his Tempa stablemates, and the deeper Berlin influenced Bristol side of the dubstep coin.
The LP follows an interesting sequence of developments within dubstep over the past three years, with technoid transmissions from the likes of Appleblim, Peverelist and 2562 infiltrating dubstep with increased frequency. Striking a balance between austere futurism and engagingly emotive music, this inventive debut evokes the tone of deep techno, without descending into sheer mimicry. Headhunter treads a distinct path that takes his influences, grinds them up and spits out mutant, idiosyncratic formsâ€”the result is a stunningly cohesive slab of post-garage hybridisation.
One of dubstep's most revered producer/DJs, Headhunter is thought of as a prominent rising star in the scene and as such is a regular headline DJ at venues including Ministry of Sound, The End (London), and cornerstone dubstep nights FWD>> and Subloaded.
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