Tropicalé are back in Brighton this weekend with a hefty lineup


Self proclaimed as ‘Brighton’s answer to Elrow’, it’s one you don’t want to miss

Carnival inspired party-starters Tropicalé are back in Brighton this weekend and are bringing plenty of good vibes with them, after previously hosting Jus Now, Hamdi, RVB, Movement and Baloo back at Patterns in February.

This time round they’re taking over new club Hideout with Dismantle and The Busy Twist on headline duties, alongside Southpoint head honcho KXVU who is going b2b with the returning Hamdi and OVERGRND’s own Affiliate. Rounding off the lineup is the Tropicalé residents, meaning it’s set to be a night full of UK Funky, Grime, Jungle and world inspired carnival vibes.

If a quality selection of DJs wasn’t enough to sway you, there’ll also be party bags on the door, inflatables, confetti, jungle themed decoration and ‘super happy fun vibes’ – all for free.

There is still a few tickets on general release which you can get here, and the Facebook event can be found here.

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Premiere: Heritage – Docklands [Forthcoming Dissident Sound]


Brand new label Dissident Sound get dark and moody on their debut release

Brighton’s underground scene is one to be envious of right now with all of the artists involved pulling in the right direction and now young producers Movement and Blends have set up Dissident Sound as a home for deeper cuts.

The debut release comes from both of them working together under the Heritage alias and sets the tone for the label straight away – DS001 is cold, dark and spacious.

‘Docklands’, premiered by ourselves, is comprised of rattling, panning hats, dubbed out breaks and booming, falling subs tied to heavy kicks. ‘Destination’ puts us in mind of where Hessle Audio was at a few years ago; simple rolling subs with influences of techno and a lot of the tonality coming from the percussion itself. ‘Expedition’ has a similar vibe, with some incredibly satisfying filtered breaks and ‘The Garden’ is the track most akin to UKG with a sharp 2step rhythm marching over the deepest bassline on the release.

Production standards on all 4 tracks are sky high, with brilliant use of space and a magnificent weight to each. The influences of Breaks, UKG, Techno and Dubstep are all allowed to bleed into the release in perfect measure – neither one taking centre stage at any point.

Heritage – DS001 is out on Dissident Sound on 26/3/18 and you can stream ‘Docklands’ below.

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Premiere: Daze Prism – ‘2005’ (Nixon Remix) [Forthcoming Articulate Records]


Daze Prism adds to his rapidly growing catalogue of releases with yet another masterpiece, including 3 remixes and an incredible VIP

It seems to us like every week this year Daze Prism has another release out, somehow managing to maintain a his impeccable production standards whilst still being prolific. He’s back again this time on Articulate Records, with whom he released ‘Tektonix’ EP back in July last year.

We’re excited to premiere the Nixon remix of ‘2005’, which Articulate have done a very good job of describing –

“The Punks and breakbeat veteran “Nixon” comes on board and delivers exactly what you would expect from the legend himself. His variation of “2005” brings classic breakbeat rolling drums, a big, dark gritty reese bassline and perfectly entwines them with rhodes keys and the flawless riff to take on a more melodic approach.”

The rest of the EP is equally as tasteful with the title track contrasting euphoric pianos and sugary sweet vocals with massive dark Reeses and sharp breaks. Ali McK & IYZ put their typically lively UK Funky spin on things as they opt for a big bassline flowing between the gaps left by their precise drums and a weaving flute riff and Nuaura complete the remix lineup, bringing sinister horns, rasping basslines and vocal chops to their UK Bass take on the track; hold tight for the 4×4 switch on the second drop too. Rounding the release up is Daze Prism’s VIP which sees him trade euphoria for an apocalyptic, face melting bass.

Daze Prism – ‘2005’ is out on 16/3/18 and you can stream the Nixon remix in full below.

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Pressa releases more new music in the form of the brilliant ‘Canopy’ EP

Pressa - Canopy EP

The London based producer continues his monthly release series in fine form

Breaks producer Pressa has picked up some momentum since the turn of the year, releasing an EP every month, the latest of which comes in the form of ‘Canopy’.

Released on 1st March, Pressa has seen ‘Canopy’ pick up heavyweight support, notably scoring a massive 9.0 in DJ Mag – a rating that is unsurprising considering the quality of the productions.

‘Canopy’ itself is dreamy affair at 135bpm; lush, fluttering pads weave in between a heavy, pulsing sub and immaculate drums. Every sound is perfectly placed and the little rolls throughout are like subtle ear porn to us. There’s an element of underlying grit to ‘Spiralling Out’, which has a sense of UK Funky influence in the drums. The bassline is more frantic than the title track, as it bubbles away under yet more sumptuous pads and reverb smothered, crunchy hats.

If this is the standard of his monthly output, we’re going to be keeping a sharp eye on Pressa – his music is fresh and exciting and he’s clearly a talented producer. You can listen to, and buy, Pressa – ‘Canopy’ EP below:

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KXVU – Empire EP [Southpoint] [Review]


Eighteen months since his last Southpoint release, KXVU returns back to his proverbial home. Keeping himself in shape with a series of remixes and releases on compilations, KXVU has been using the time away from the STPT family to further progress his production skills and work hard on his sound. ‘Empire’ is the result of that work, with 5 originals and 2 remixes on the EP.


From the very first second, you know the title track is going to be a heavy hitter. Epic stabs of choir set the tone as hats and percussion wriggle away underneath, before crisp breaks and sinister horns push their way to the forefront. We can 99.99% guarantee the drop is not what you’re expecting – a huge, rasping Reese that could straight up take your head off leads the way, teaming up with a deeper pulsing bass hit. The drums sit immaculately in the mix; anchored by a weighty kick, the aforementioned breaks and percussion work together to create the underlying momentum that pushes ‘Empire’ along. How satisfying is that cowbell too? If KXVU was hoping to kick things off strongly, he couldn’t do a much better job than this!

Tekki (feat Writz)

Even though it starts with flowing influences from the East, don’t expect ‘Tekki’ to be a subtle mover – the vibe is quickly flipped into a Trap inspired, 808 rinse out.  Writz glides effortlessly over the rolling kick / bass combos, scattershot claps and snares, triplet hats and flourishes of breaks, with gritty, hi passed Reeses haunting in the background. The breakdown is perfectly placed, allowing listeners to catch their breath before dropping into more of the same, making ‘Tekki’ 3 minutes and 30 seconds of high energy bass driven madness, suitable for any kind of rave centred around Bass music.

Hex (ft Shana Stuart)

‘Hex’ sees KXVU team up with another vocalist, though this time it’s the gorgeously pure, floating tones of Shana Stuart. A sparse intro builds tension as atmospherics covered in reverb and subtle percussion echoes and pans. Another flute riff inspired by the East is the main motif,  twisting around more thumping 808s, though the percussion in ‘Hex’ is definitely more Breaks focused than that in ‘Tekki’ with the tribal drums creating a brilliant, natural rolling rhythm. Regular intervals really allow for the track to breathe and help to achieve maximum impact as everything comes back in at once, and means Shana’s brilliant vocal gets full focus. Again, credit to KXVU on his drums – from the silenced gunshot to the ride cymbal, everything sounds incredible.


If you weren’t already impressed by KXVU’s drum work and sense of space, then Koya should definitely win you over. The intro is wide open as vinyl crackles, sound effects and a thin square lead, all absolutely soaked in reverb, bounce off each other before rapid fire breaks add a sense of drive and direction. As soon as ‘Koya’ drops, the previously mentioned breaks cut through everything else, backed now by a punchy kick and rumbling bassline with some very slick fills. There is still background atmospherics, but now the space seems to be much smaller; at least until the breakdowns anyway. If there was a track on this EP that indicated that KXVU has been working on his production, as far as we’re concerned, this is it.


‘Ratisu’ is the last original track on the release, and is the piece that relates most to Dubstep. Centred around eerie, plucked strings and a haunting vocal, half time claps and a bumpy, rolling sub/kick combo make up the bulk of the rest of the track. This allows everything else to have a heap of space and, as you’d expect, means there’s heaps of reverb. ‘Ratisu’ shows that there’s more to KXVU than frenetic breaks and attention grabbing basslines; he’s also perfectly adept at working with the bare minimum.

Hex (ft Shana Stuart) [Mr B Remix]

First up on remix duties is Mr B, who flips the flute motif and Shana Stuart’s vocals from  ‘Hex’ into pulsing Dubstep territory. There’s almost a Funky rhythm to the way the snares have been programmed, and the tribal percussion adds to that vibe. A metallic hit adds interest as the drums switch between stripped back half time and moody carnival and Shana’s vocal teases and pans in the background. The bass line is a simple pulse, adding some low end rhythm too. Classily done, and very effective.

Ratisu [JFO Remix]

Continuing on the Dubstep theme is JFO who has grabbed ‘Ratisu’ by the balls and helped it realise it’s full potential as a Dubstep track. The drums are on point (the snare is as crisp as it gets) and there’s plenty of tension created by reverb tails and atmospherics but the real draw is the intense, fluttering sub that pairs up perfectly with the triplet hat pattern as the original string plucks act once more as a lead line.

Selecta’s Favourite Track: Koya

Overall: 9/10

KXVU’s journey since his last Southpoint release has clearly seen him take in a heap of different influences and they’ve translated brilliantly in to his music. He said in a recent interview with us that he wanted to use this EP to show off not only the sheer amount of variety in his own productions but also that of Southpoint’s output and we think he’s succeeded. Every track on ‘Empire’ has an immediate genre you can place it in, but listen deeper to the different rhythmic elements and the sounds being used and you start to realise there’s so many different genres in play; we heard elements of Dubstep, Grime, UK Funky, Jungle and Breaks. To be able to hint at such a huge amount of diversity and still reach the end of the project with 5 cohesive, original pieces of music is incredible – let alone also having 2 remixers on board who seem to fully grasp the idea of the EP. We can’t help but feel ‘Empire’ will go on to be a seminal release in KXVU’s career. 

You can buy Kxvu – ‘Empire’ here.

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Premiere: Zemon – Atoms [Forthcoming Raw Tactics Records

Zemon Atoms cover

Zemon continues his hot streak with 3 huge new tunes as Raw Tactic’s resurgence continues.

Just over a month has passed since Zemon’s brilliant ‘Bosh, Dinner!’ EP and he’s back again with some more gritty Garage, this time on Raw Tactic’s – who themselves are on good form after Tigs’ ‘Don’t Get Rude’ EP. 

The title track (premiered by ourselves) opens with tense, rumbling basses, sketchy percussion and a sampled vocal as a simple lead filters out ahead of the drop. Choppy drums and really dark, dangerous basses provide the main section meaning you can’t help but skank out and screw your face up. The second drop is similar, bar the addition of bigger, fatter bass to the mix. Extra credit to Zemon for the pitched Timpani drums too – they sound sick!

On the rest of the EP, ‘Rough Sea’ sees Zemon opt for a pounding 4×4 drum pattern and a combination of rattling chainsaw basses whilst ‘Stroll’ is made up of a chunky rolling bassline, scattershot snares and a haunting, soulful flash of vocal.

Zemon – ‘Atoms’ EP is out on Raw Tactics Records, 5/3/18. Listen to the premiere of the title track below:

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The freedom of Battle Rap, developing his production style and the sheer importance of rhythm; catching up with KXVU [Interview]


After a year and a half since his last outing on Southpoint, KXVU is back with an EP due out on home turf. He’s not been slacking in those 18 months, with a string of remixes and compilation features, gradually mutating his sound and drawing inspiration from the many roles he has within various scenes. We thought we’d mark his return to the label he co-founded with an quick interview.

You’ve been active in a load of different areas within the industry for a while now but when was it you first realised you had a connection with music?

The first time I found any interest at all in music in all honesty was when my friend Ntokozo showed me a JME track called ‘Deadout’. The vocal wasn’t what got me it was the instrumental, which Davinche had produced. There was something about the rawness of the horns and the layout that instantly hit me with inspiration and made me say “I want to do this”. From there I went to Mcing with friends and learning to produce instrumentals on FL and it’s all come as a progression from that really. 

As someone who is active in both the UK Battle Rap community and the dance music side of things, what were your biggest influences early on?

I’d say my early influences that have stayed with me are definitely producers like Wiley, Davinche, PJam, Terror Danjah etc. Essentially the grime producers that knew how to bring original flavour and sound design without compromising rhythmic energy. To this day for me it’s all about energetic rhythm over everything else. Later on, producers such as early Redlight, Toddla T on the funkier, carnival side of things and people like Ben Verse and Kryptic Minds became the influences I followed.  

You DJ for most of the big Battle Rap events these days – how did that come about and is there a crossover with your other work?

I’d been following the UK battle culture for a hot minute before I ever got involved. I found it really interesting how innovative and original people could be in their writing. Eventually I ended up trying out and battling myself for a few years. At an event called Sunburn 2 at Brixton Jamm, one of the DJ’s pulled out last minute and my name got thrown into the conversation by a friend of mine called Callum who was very involved with running the events at this point. From there people seemed to enjoy what I did with it and it’s just kind of stuck. I find the battle events, DJ wise, are the only time I’m able to play everything I want. Obviously radio stations have certain rules on swearing and in the dance it’s got to stay high energy so it’s quite refreshing. 

With so many different interests – Southpoint, producing, DJing, and Battle Rap – what tips can you give for staying organised and maintain a consistent work rate?

Get a calendar and put everything in it as soon as you find out with no exceptions. I’ve always liked to stay busy and I’ve found that having one location where I can see everything I need to do and everything I have done already keeps me motivated. I find being able to look back and say “I did all of that today” genuinely inspires you to want to beat that level of output the next day. 

 Since we were first made aware of your productions when discovering Southpoint back at the end of 2016, you’ve released a fairly varied catalogue of music including Dubstep, Grime, Breaks, UK Funky and even some Trap-ier sounds. When you sit down to make a tune do you have an idea in your head of the direction you want it to take or is it a more natural process?

In 100% honesty, I tend to find that when I sit down to make a tune I have a rough idea of the vibe I’m going for. I never have any clue on melody or musical ideas, but I always have a rough idea of the rhythm I’m going to be working with. I think this is why a lot of my stuff would fall outside a typical genre bracket because I like to experiment and play with sounds. 

How has your production style developed since you first started out?

I think everything has got a lot cleaner overall. I think also that the addition of breaksy drum patterns as either sprinkles or leads into most of my tunes tends to add an extra layer of rhythm. It’s all about rhythm. 

Your next EP, ‘Empire’, is wide open in terms of genre but is really cohesive as a body of work. Could you explain the process a little bit behind writing it?

Whenever I build a project I try to work to an overall theme. As this was my first solo project on Southpoint since my album I felt it was a good idea to express the overall journey of what I’ve been inspired by across multi genre influences. The two things that have mainly been inspiring me recently have been breaks and dubstep, so I think the fusion of those two styles became the spine of the project with everything else trickling off in different tangents. I like to think that Southpoint as a label is very multi directional in regards to the music we release, so it was also a homage to that ideal. 

As co-founder of Southpoint, things must be pretty intense but motivating right now! What’s your role within the label?

It’s super motivating, pretty much all of the producers we work with inspire me musically every time we are working on a release. My roles within the label vary but primarily I’m the content manager and lead A&R. This essentially means I tend to organise the release process, working closely with the producers with both feedback and as a mastering engineer to get the best product possible. I also tend to handle the promotional material such as written content and promotional video animations. Myself and Josh tend to find ourselves crossing over a fair bit especially on the promotional campaigns as we tend to work best when bouncing ideas around. 

What do you think it is about Brighton at the moment that has caused this huge, exciting scene to explode there?

I think a lot of clubs and venues have wised up to the fact that there was an entire scene that wasn’t being tapped into. Brighton is a super student heavy city so we rely on staying ahead of the curve. I also think the musical community has reforged over the last 2/3 years which makes so much difference to how the scene is perceived. 

Finally, what’s next for yourself and for Southpoint? Any big news you’re able to lift the lid on?

I can give you a little exclusive right here. From March, the Southpoint: Introducing series will also be available to stream exclusively via Spotify as well as SoundCloud free downloads! We’re very much looking forward to having the material available to as many people as possible! 

You can pre-order KXVU’s forthcoming EP, ‘Empire’, here; it drops on Southpoint on 2/3/18. Also be sure to listen to the very first mix in our brand new ‘In The Mix’ series, mixed by KXVU, below:

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