‘Biasonic Hotsauce – Birth Of The Nanocloud’ heralds the emphatic return of UK club maestro Zed Bias (also known for his more underground Maddslinky name). Out on 26th September on Tru Thoughts, the new album features collaborations with Skream (Magnetic Man), Mark Pritchard, Toddla T, Falty DL, Sam Frank, MdCL, Dynamite MC and more; preceded on 29th August by the double A-side single “Fairplay” / “Phoneline”, featuring Jenna G (Chase & Status) and Rosco Trim (Dawn Raid), respectively.
The man behind the sound of Zed Bias is Manchester based Dave Jones, a prolific and hugely influential producer/DJ for whom the ‘all killer, no filler’ approach is the only one worth getting out of bed for. On the new LP he distils and reworks a wide spectrum of club styles, from house to R’n’B, dancehall to dubstep to UK Bass/Funky. You’ll also find on the LP the new ‘Biasonic Version’ of UK Garage anthem “Neighbourhood” feat. MC Rumpus and Nicky Prince – the track that saw Zed Bias storm the official UK singles charts in 2000, and was more recently back in vogue with a Roska remix in 2009 that redefined its importance for a new generation of clubbers.
The most recent release from the Zed Bias cannon is “Dancing”, the song with UK soul star Omar which has been on heavy rotation on the BBC 1Xtra Playlist, also gaining repeated BBC Radio 1 support from Annie Mac, Mista Jam, Benji B, Gilles Peterson, Rob Da Bank, Trevor Nelson and Pete Tong; and all across Choice and Kiss FM, with further national radio playlisting in France and elsewhere. The video has had 110,000+ YouTube hits, as well as playlisting on MTV and other networks. With the Summer anthem of 2011 under his belt, anticipation for the new Zed Bias record is riding high.
The opening skit on ‘Biasonic Hotsauce – Birth Of The Nanocloud’ sets the scene, sci-fi movie style. Ghost 1 is the voice of Professor Bias; a regular collaborator, he has played this character before, in podcasts and on the first Zed Bias LP ‘Experiments With Biasonics’ in 2007. The skits, which pepper the album, are part of a longer story, ‘Biasonic Hotsauce’, a concept upon which the next 3 Zed Bias LPs will be based.
Once it’s got you, the album does not let go. “Yagga” is an uptempo, bumpy and bouncy ride, with a killer bassline that complements the vocals of Serocee, whom many will know from his work with Basement Jaxx and MJ Cole. “Do It” brings a skanky dancehall vibe, with Reprazent collaborator Dynamite MC; followed by “Phoneline” – jacking soulful house with a UK funky edge, with vocals from Rosco Trim as you’ve never heard him before – his voice has been run through a pitch-shifter for an “alien” sound. Straight on into “Fairplay”. To his cover of the Soul II Soul classic, Zed Bias brings an upbeat, singalong quality, inspired by the vibe of school discos, with Jenna G smashing the vocal out of the park in characteristically uplifting style. It has already been played by BBC Radio 1 DJs including Annie Mac, Benji B and Gilles Peterson.
Elsewhere, the 21st century disco boogie style of “Koolade” comes from stems supplied by Toddla T, with virtuoso synth playing from :Mark de Clive-Lowe”:http://www.tru-thoughts.co.uk/artists/mark-de-clive-lowe (who also provided his magic touch on “Fairplay” and who Jones describes as “a bit of a musical genius”). Warp artist Mark Pritchard contributes to the filmic “Trouble In The Streets”, edgy and dark yet full of energy; having worked together before, on a project with Steve Spacek, the two producers found they had a similarly fiendish work ethic and pace, so it was always going to be exciting to see what they would create when they took turns to sit in the chair. “Koolnaman” featuring Specialist Moss unleashes a wake-up dose of hard, pumping ragga-house, which segues into the fluid, organic 2-Step of “Lucid Dreams”, for which Falty DL conceived his parts in San Francisco. Wonky, vocoder funk is the order of the day on Sam Frank collaboration “Night Lovers, while on their second collaboration in a year, Jones and Skream come together for the cheekily menacing “Badness”. Many will be familiar with “Salsa Funk”, which was premiered exclusively by Annie Mac on her blog earlier in the year.
The last year has been a big one for Jones, with high acclaim for the ‘Make A Change’ album from his deeper, dubstep-influencing Maddslinky alter ego (including big singles featuring Omar and Warners signing Tawiah, who recently featured in a BBC documentary). He was then picked to co-host BBC Radio 1’s Dubstep Soundclash alongside Mista Jam, and was also heavily referenced in the station’s ‘Story Of Dubstep’ documentary; his DJ exploits included Coachella festival and a US tour, a double-header with Pearson Sound.