(Whities, Trilogy Tapes)
Minor Science has come a long way in his three year career, transforming from a leftfield house explorer into an engineer of hybrid, hi-tech music which doesn’t quite sound like anything else out there. His debut, 2014’s Noble Gas EP for connoisseur label The Trilogy Tapes, showed promise: its lead track, the glittering, weird “Hapless”, was played extensively by DJs like Ben UFO, and was described by The Wire as, “a pleasing clip round the ear.” The British producer has since become a key figure on Nic Tasker’s fast-rising Whities label, reflecting the label’s preference for unique artists with a bold sonic direction.
Two records for the label have seen Minor Science move both forwards — his music has become crisper, richer and more distinctive — and backwards, drawing on his formative experiences in London’s dubstep scene and a longterm fascination with the UK’s dance heritage. His biggest track yet, 2016’s “Naturally Spineless”, was described by The Quietus as, “mixing up all the best elements of dubstep and dark garage from the early half of the last decade in a way that is wholly new.” The track made it onto several year-end lists and was nominated for Track of the Year at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards.
Minor Science has also shown himself to be a bold and versatile remixer, reworking music from Chevel, Cosmin TRG, and Special Request into vivid hybrid forms across the spectrum of style. These tracks show how his vision can resonate in unexpected quarters. For instance, his psychedelic discoid dub of Makeness’ “Other Life”, released as a limited dubplate on Whities under the name MxMS, got props and play from the likes of Jamie XX and Mano Le Tough.
The producer’s hybrid vision is reflected in his precise, frenetic DJ sets, which enact striking collisions of techno, electro, and UK sounds.
photo credit: Kasia Zacharko