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ZED BIAS

数知れずの謎めいた変名を駆使する90年代後半を引率した、 Zed Bias aka DAVE JONESの活動履歴はそのままUKのダンスカルチャーそのものといえる。 2000年にUKチャートに送り込んだ2STEPの金字塔を打ち立てた彼の作品が 世代をこえてその重要性を再定義したROSKAにリミックスで去年再リリースまでされた。そんなアンダーグラウンドダンスミュージックの先駆者は常に動きを止めない、自宅スタジオで作られたあらゆる名義のサウンドは常にBBC1のスターDJによりプレイリストに加えられ、KODE9ONEMANBENGAPlastician、そしてSkreamによって瞬く間に広がっていった。 2002年に、より実験性をもったサウンドを目指すMaddslinky名義アルバムではWill WhitePropellerheadsKaidi Tathem,Luca Roccatagliati等をフューチャーしたDUBSTEPの礎を築くサウンドを展開、また2010年にはMr ScruffSkreamGenna GOmar等をゲストに”Make a Change”を発表。ジャイルスピーターソンが選ぶワールドワイドアワードで”Further Away”3位に入るなど、常に実験性を保ちながらも、UKチャートに食い込むようなビッグチューンを送り込むバランス感覚の優れたプロデューサーである。

 そして、その中でも最も影響を強く受けたDUBSTEP DJであるSkreamのインタビューを含めたTru Thoughtsの傑作であり、初EPであるMaddslinky名義アルバム”Make your Peace”が再発されたことで、若い世代にも飛び火して初期レイブを彷彿とさせる興奮が蘇ったのである。

 そしてEPをリリースしていたSWAMP81から衝撃的にアルバム”BOSS”を発表し 全世代に渡って支持を得たまさに”BOSS”FablicからのMIXリリースも含め ブロークンビーツの初期からUKGの全盛、そしてその後のダブステップ、グライムにまで 影響をおよぼしたトップアンダーグランドという希有な存在を証明した。

 そんなベース・ミュージックのパイオニアであり、現在でもBOSSの名にふさわしいリリースを連打、時代を作り、時代を駆け抜け、時代の子孫を量産するUK最高の アンダーグラウンド・ダンスミュージック・プロデューサー Zed Bias待望の来日をOUTLOOK JAPAN LAUNCH2015で実現!

 

One of the pioneers of breakbeat garage, his pseudonyms include Zed Bias, Phuturistix, Henchmen, Daluq, Talissman, Ruffcut Bias, Nu Design, 7 Wonders, Dekata Project, Strontium Dog – just some of the names Maddslinky, aka Dave Jones, has recorded under in the last ten years as himself or in collaboration with others.

With a slew of seminal releases in 1999 on his own Sidewinder and Sidestepper imprints, Jones then hit the UK Charts as Zed Bias in 2000 with Neighbourhood, now widely regarded as one of the all time classic UK Garage tracks. So much so that with the recent resurgence in the 2-Step sound in the UK club scene it was re-released last year with a remix from Roska that fully redefined its importance to a younger generation of clubbers.

As a trailblazer of underground dance music, he is always moving with – or ahead of – the times and his productions grace the playlists of Radio 1 DJs Gilles Peterson and Mary Anne Hobbs, as well as making themselves at home in the record boxes of DJ/producers like Toddla T, Blame, Skream, Plastician, Oneman, Benga, Kode 9 and Martyn (who included new track ‘Lost on Tenori Street’ on his recent ‘Fabric 50’ mix). The first Maddslinky album, ‘Make Your Peace’, dropped in 2002, featuring collaborations with Will White (Propellerheads), Kaidi Tatham (Bugz in the attic), Luca Roccatagliati (Ajello/Daluq), Kevin Robinson, Kayo, Juiceman and Simba, and although not given a very wide release it proved to be a highly influential record in the early days of dubstep, with the likes of Skream citing it a major influence on his work. Newie ‘Make A Change’ is out in Ocotber 2010 featuring collabs with Mr Scruff, Skream, Tawiah, Jenna G, Omar, Nile Sugar, Ghost 1 and Mighty Moe. The album track “Further Away” feat Tawiah was voted No.3 track of the year in the 2010 Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards, despite not being out yet.

The first official single from ‘Make A Change’ is “Special” featuring UK soul legend Omar on vox. A full colour 12” sleeve housing a 5 track vinyl EP and a bonus CD insert, this amazing package boasts remixes by MJ Cole, Toddla T, Chimpo, At Jazz and Simbad, and a track co-written with Mr Scruff. 5 Star ‘Top Tune’ reviews greeted its release, in publications including iDJ and Mixmag.

The new album track “50 Shades Of Peng” featuring Skream is now out on an exclusive fluorescent yellow Serato 12”, much to the delight of DJs and collectors alike, and is being touted as a timely master-meets-protégé hook up amid the current dubstep fever.

 

On the same day as the new album, Tru Thoughts officially reissue ‘Make Your Peace’ to bring this seminal album the limelight it deserves, with new and incisive sleeve notes by Martin Clark aka Blackdown, featuring an interview with Skream in which he details the huge influence the album had on him. Upfront tastemaker promos of the new material have seen regular rotation from the likes of Benji B (1xtra), Gilles Peterson (Radio 1), Alex Nut (Rinse FM), Mary Anne Hobbs (Radio 1), Toddla T (Radio 1), Annie Mac (Radio 1) and more. Features and rave reviews are stacking up across the dance music press and beyond, including DJ Mag, iDJ, XLR8R, Fact, Vice, Clash and many more, with the album being hailed as a triumphant comeback for the man who never really went away, but has been busily toiling underground while the scene he helped to shape has taken the music world by storm.