(Whities, Trilogy Tapes)
Minor Science has come a long way in his 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, “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.
Three 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 as a clubber in London’s dubstep scene and a longterm fascination with the UK’s dance heritage. 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.” His biggest track yet, 2017’s “Volumes”, featured on end of year lists from FACT, Mixmag, Crack Magazine, XLR8R and Resident Advisor.
Beyond his solo records, he has recently shown his versatility with curveball remixes (his cubist jungle version of Special Request’s “Stairfoot Lane Bunker”, which racked up hundreds of thousands of streams), ambient mixtapes (Absent Friends Vol II, dubbed one of 2017’s best DJ mixes by Pitchfork) and the odd bit of singing (his DEEK-released cover of The Blue Nile’s “Heatwave”).
The producer’s hybrid vision is reflected in his precise, frenetic DJ sets, which enact striking collisions of techno, electro and UK sounds. His recorded mixes have routinely featured in best-of roundups from Pitchfork, Crack Magazine and FACT.
photo credit: Miley Vainey