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Omar McCutcheon, operating under his Batu alias, has been on the frontline of Bristol’s innovative electronic music scene since 2013. In 2015 he founded his record label Timedance, a platform for showcasing his tastes utilizing a close knit group of young producers and DJs.
Batu’s glistening broken techno productions are pushed through a deeply UK-sounding prism, one informed by Batu being brought up on a diet of dubstep and UK dance music from a young age. Trying to tie his sound to those genres however, would be a mistake. Having been earmarked already by The Guardian as an artist to watch for 2018, Batu’s sound is very much his own.
Batu’s "Rebuilt EP" marks his third release in just over a year. Not one for complacency, his debut release via XL Recordings shows Batu pushing his sound forward in every way possible, creating his most uniquely slippery sounding tracks to date. 'I wanted to try and challenge myself a bit for this EP. Every track represents a different phase of experimentation - and also different tempos, I wanted to push my processes further than I ever have done.'
From the sub-aquatic glide of opener, "Rebuilt" thru the footwork informed but xanax-laced shudder of "Pillars", the all out future-juke of "Flash React" and closing on the tectonic sway of "Tuff Cookie"; it's all very ear-catching and futuristic stuff and comes with massive props from us here in Picc HQ.
Matt says: Futuristic bass pressure from this rising star. I'm really feeling title track "Rebuilt" - a sturdy foundation on which to build an epic DJ construction.
3. Flash React
4. Tuff Cookie