Bass Intrusion Presents: Sleeper [UK, Crucial Recordings]
. Fifty Gorillas, Dunedin
++HEAVILY BOOSTED SOUND++
Widely regarded as one of the best dubstep producers in the world, Sleeper (Alex Fox) has been one of the leaders of dubstep’s creative revival.
Growing up in the UK, Sleeper became a regular at the DMZ and Subdub nights in Leeds, shifting his production focus from drum n bass to dubstep. “Coming from drum n bass and jungle, it was eye opening to see so much space in the sound. I felt like there was so much potential to grow.”
The first incarnation of Sleeper was endorsed by DJ Distance from the jump. Released by Chestplate in 2011, “Zombies” helped usher in an era of dark techno inspired dubstep that was
marked by its movie quality sound design. Along with artists like Kryptic Minds, District, and Biome, Sleeper’s output continually improved and shaped dubstep’s darker side. Releases with J:Kenzo’s Artikal Music, Moving Ninja’s Aquatic Lab, and Simon Shreeve’s (Kryptic Minds) Osiris Music, followed.
“I love making that sound because I learned so much making it,” says Sleeper when he speaks of his original sound. “I still love techno and try to get that influence into my stuff, but I have
always loved dub music and am now using more dub techniques in my sound.”
With a shift in sound comes a brand new label, this one owned and operated by Sleeper himself. Crucial Recordings has seen two releases, the first of which sold out in a few days, the
second of which is already moving, and the third of which features Sleeper’s first signing, UK dubstep upstart Foamplate. “I just wanted a platform of my own to release music whenever I
want, but I’ve been sent a lot of great unsigned music since the label started so now I can release other people’s music as well.”