Spotlight on Shy FX

Thursday 28th February 2013

Shy FX may very well be the Original Nuttah. With more than 20 years at the top of the game, the London-based producer is rightly regarded as one of the most important d&b heads out there.

The infectious party vibes that come from his record bag hit just as hard today as they did when they tore up the fields and inner-city warehouses where Shy cut his teeth in the halcyon rave days of the ‘90s.

Over the years he has expanded his arsenal, and his 2005 album 'Diary of a Digital Soundboy' places the blissed-out jungle of certified anthem ‘Everyday’, with its killer sample from The Ethiopians' 'Train To Skaville', alongside polished soul influences and more straight-up d&b, to widespread adoration.

His penchant for a good vocal part persists with his more recent collaborations, with Yasmin and Ms Dynamite, as well as Kano, Donaeo and Roses Gabor, while his extensive back catalogue of remixes includes works for DJ Fresh, Plan B and Skream.

It is behind the decks where Shy FX is in his element, and the evergreen spinner is coming to Basslaced vs Digital Soundboy in support of the label he founded in 2005.

For DSB the onus is on quality music not genre nit-picking. Shy FX will be representing in Nottingham with bass music chameleon Breakage, the ever-funky B Traits and the man of the moment Dismantle, who came thundering out of Brighton with his genre-bending approach to dubstep, techno and house. Catapulted by his dancefloor-destroying tune ‘Computation’, the young producer quickly found his tunes picked up by the bass music elite, played out by Skream, Skrillex, Annie Mac and Diplo to name but a few.

With the rapturous response to last year’s ‘Warp EP’, Dismantle is planted firmly in the spotlight. Catch him at Basslaced vs Digital Soundboy and find out exactly why the prospect of an album to be released in the coming months has those in the know salivating already.

For the more Northerly-inclined of you, fear not; Shy FX and Dismantle are also getting in on the action at Hospitality Sheffield, joining forces with Hospital Records heavyweights like Danny Byrd and Fred V & Grafix.

Words: Joe Ponting