Thursday 28th February 2013
DJ Dread D has come a long way since turning his back on an ailing grime scene in 2006. The London producer refused to hang up the headphones for the nine to five, and dived straight back in. After several years away from the production game, well-spent immersed in the emergent UK funky and evolving UK house scenes, he surfaced with a new agenda and a new moniker – T Williams was born. He is now variously labelled as a foundation, an innovator and a saviour of UK house; either way, he is a big deal.
His painstaking preparation paid dividends; early releases ‘Flooring’ and ‘Anthem’ swaggered onto the scene, making an immediate impression and sounding scarily assured. If you didn’t know otherwise, you would easily assume that they were straight from the decks of a battle-hardened house warrior, not the first tunes of a producer who cut his teeth on grime instrumentals.
After helping to set up Deep Teknologi, Williams went on to unleash a trio of releases through the Local Action imprint, including the spacy, vocal-driven ‘Heartbeat’ and the dynamic rough-and-tumble of ‘Break Broke’. With every passing day, the hype was growing.
His debut EP ‘Pain and Love’ met with widespread acclaim upon its release in 2012. Perfectly showcasing in one place the uniquely diverse approach to the genre that characterises his entire back catalogue, a heady brew of house, filtered through funky and garage, is presided over by the ghost of grime. The crunchy breakbeat of ‘Quote on Quote Bass’ contrasts with the utter chillout of ‘Think of You’ to make one of the more intelligent house releases of the year.
Williams refused to rest on his laurels, hitting the decks to record a mix for Rinse FM, where he also holds down a weekly show. This mixtape, ‘Rinse 21’, was heralded for its on-point selection of some of the freshest tracks in UK house and funky, and, if it is anything to go by, his upcoming set at Detour (Tuesday February 5th) is absolutely not to be missed.
Check out the man himself doing what he does best: