Damu is back on form with his new release ‘If You’ve Got Nothing to Hide / You’ve Got Nothing To Fear’, shying away from the softer side we saw on tracks from his 2011 release, Unity, here we explore a darker side to the Manchester producer.
“After a 2011 that saw him release several EPs – Mermaid and Ridin’, on Local Action and Keysound respectively – and his debut album Unity, as well as provide official remixes for Mike Skinner and Rob Harvey’s The D.O.T. and labels Tri Angle, Weird World and Hippos in Tanks, Manchester producer Damu has spent the majority of 2012 regrouping.
Of course, that’s not to say Damu’s been dormant: he’s remixed Spector, Becoming Real, Post War Years and more, launched his record label Fulcrum (home of Paleman and Thefft) and produced the smouldering ‘Blind’ for rising vocalist Py. A host of further vocal collaborations with artists both major label and underground are in the pipeline, but we all know how slow these things move, so while we wait, here’s a new 12” single by Damu, the first in a new series distributed by Cargo.
Most of the press that followed Unity referred to the colour in Damu’s music, and that’s going nowhere, but ‘If There’s Nothing to Hide’ and ‘There’s Nothing to Fear’ showcase the progress that he’s made as a technical producer since that record – these tracks bump in a way that his past material didn’t, with a combination of grime’s roughness, techno’s precision and a healthy dose of distinctive Damu weirdness.”
By Ian Massoth