- Wed, 2010-10-27 17:10
Croydon recently staked its place in the history books of dance music as the birthplace of dubstep. Instead of loosing his head among the slow concrete rumblings of the stark grey and broodish surroundings, local resident, one 22-year-old Ash Hamilton, found himself tripping into and tripping out over the neon swirl of the central London rave scene. Influenced by big players Annie Mac and Zane Lowe, and their nod toward the steppers but ultimate focus on the big room, late night party atmosphere, the debut album from Ash aka BYOB refuses to take itself seriously.
Everything In Moderation is full of bright party tunes, full-on breakbeats and jump up madness. Featuring his version of The Stranglers' Peaches, the majority of tracks focus on the dancefloor - 'I live my life how I like, fuck yeah a winner, too much fun don't make me a sinner, and too many drinks don't make me an alcoholic....
Though a little disjointed, throwing up irregular darker sounds and suggestions, amongst a sentiment that seems to celebrate party madness and rainbow coloured expression, BYOB certainly widens the spectrum of Croydon-born bass. Probably one for the under 18 nights....though there's nothing wrong with that. Stay tuned in: www.byobmusic.com.