Seemingly rising from nowhere, South Yorkshire-born producer and DJ Jamie Roberts aka, Blawan, first came to prominence with his debut release Fram on the forward-thinking dubstep label Hessle Audio. Standing apart from the crowd with his clanking, stepping percussive beats, Blawan inked a deal with legendary techno label R&S Records, and released his first EP for the label in 2011. Bohla’s mix of post-dubstep sounds and raw, techno-influenced beats saw the EP championed by DJs such as Surgeon and the Black Dog. What You Do with What You Have followed a few months later on R&S, and a remix of the Radiohead track “Bloom” — for their TKOL RMX 1234567 album — helped Blawan’s popularity grow throughout the years.
Sought after for his remix work and joining forces with fellow R&S producer Pariah — for their hardware-only project Karenn — 2012 saw Blawan’s own output slow. A performance on the internet streaming, club-based show Boiler Room brought fresh acclaim, with one track in particular — “Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage” His He She & She EP — gaining huge popularity. Later on, Blawan joined forces with early supporter Surgeon for a release on Blawan’s own vinyl-only label Works the Long Nights under the guise Trade.
Here are Jamie’s three tracks:
Aiken – Dominance (James Ruskin Remix) [non series]
Clubtrack of the moment: “This is a brand remix from James and has to be one of the most enjoyable and interesting techno tracks around. Somehow arcs back to the late 90’s but sounds blindingly fresh and modern with a tense structure that some how never fully lets loose. Ruskin can do no wrong.”
Round Five – Na Fe Throw Version [Main Street Records]
(Sunday) Evening listen track: “Its quite often hard for me to relax after the weekend and even harder to bother finding the right sort of music to listen to in between all the house and techno club records in my shelve. Like most people I am a huge fan of Main street records and basic channel I have a few in my collection but a recent Instagram post by Richard Devine made me rediscover this one.”
Miller Keane – Remnants [Audiosculpture]
“So I picked this record up like ten years ago as just a white label and haven’t stopped playing it in nearly every single set. For years I was oblivious as to who the producers were and only recently found out it was made back in 2004 by a good friend of mine Dave Miller who is now part of Abstract Division alongside Paul Boex, Check out all Dave Millers previous productions as was as the new AD stuff, you won’t be disappointed.”
Blawan is playing at Fuse on Saturday March 17th.
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