London is hot. Very hot. So after having already featured the fresh London-sounds of artists like Jamie XX, SBTRKT and Bok Bok, there’s still one important name that is missing in this Mixtape Monday series: Ramadanman aka Pearson Sound. Having just released a splendid FabricLive mix and with dancefloor-hits like Glut still ringing in everybody’s ears, it’s time to check out one of my favorite mixes by Ramadanman, yet another great artist from London.
Behind the alter ego’s Ramadanman and Pearson Sound is David Kennedy. Although he has been releasing music since 2006, I first heard from him when he released the Humber EP on Apple Pips early 2009 (which had a nice Sven Weisemann remix on it by the way). After this release he admittedly disappeared from my radar for a while. It was because of a string of influential and widely supported EPs that he came back on my radar a year later. A year that was very successful for Kennedy, with releases on Swamp 81 and his own label Hessle Audio.
Ramadanman’s music is known and praised for the attention that is paid to drum programming. As FACT remarked a while ago, in the year (2010) that the drummachine returned to UK dance music, “Kennedy found a bountiful niche for himself in amongst the circuitry of 808s and 909s”. Although always featuring surprising drum patterns, Kennedy’s productions and DJ-sets range from spheric deephouse to bass-heavy dubstep. Arising from this wide spectrum of sounds is also the support for his music and big names like Ricardo Villalobos and Gilles Peterson are known to be big fans of Kennedy’s sounds.
With the big year 2010 behind him, 2011 seems to become another great year for Kennedy. He just released a mix-cd in the acclaimed FabricLive series, did several interviews and this summer he undoubtedly has a busy schedule, playing on many festivals around the world. With beats that flow just as fluid as the name Ramadanman, this mix is definitly one to check out. Hope you like it just as much as I do!