Wednesday 2 October 2013

MTV IGGY: South London Ordnance’s Nu-Techno Sets The Mood

By Joseph 'JP' Patterson

Name: South London Ordnance

Where He’s From: South London (duh!)

When He Started: 2012

Genre: Nu-techno

For Fans Of: Underground Ibiza

Sound Like: Music for the after, after-party.

He’s from the Southside of London and his avant-techno beats are like grenades, ready to go off after any given drop; 23-year-old South London Ordnance is the truth. "I’m into stacks of different stuff, but notably the more industrial, sparse end of drum & bass: Commix, D Bridge, Data, Instra:Mental, etc.," says the producer of his influences. "The eerie, cinematic atmosphere and rugged, industrial percussion really appealed to me when I was growing up and first going out and, to be honest, I still listen to a lot of the tracks on a daily basis. I touched on loads of other bits and pieces in the past, too, like UK garage and some house, but I’ve always been more interested in the moodier, darker stuff."

South London Ordnance dropped his first full EP, Big Boss Theme, last year via Audio Culture, which led to co-signs from a leading cast of fans: Mary Anne Hobbs, Jamie XX, Benji B, and Richie Hawtin, to name a few. And while 2012 was, without a doubt, a great twelve months for him in terms of critical acclaim and earning himself DJ spots at The Camden Crawl, The Warehouse Project, FWD et al, the top of 2013 brought with it longed-for remix commissions from the likes of Rinse Recordings and Warp Records, plus a cushy deal with Scuba’s Hotflush Recordings. More recently, SLO released He Do The Police In Different Voices, an EP he chose to distribute through his very own record label, Aery Metals. The lead track, “Black Acre,” is free and unconfined from all structure and is, perhaps, how best to depict its creator.

How things are currently looking, give it another six months or so and you won’t be able to check your favourite "EDM" blog without seeing South London Ordnance’s name plastered across the screen every few posts. In the meantime, though, catch him spinning discs in a town and country near you soon: "I’ll be announcing my full UK and European dates in a week or so, but it includes a Room 1 slot at Fabric on my birthday in November, as well as a great show at Nitsa in Barcelona – which is one of my favorite clubs to play at."

But that’s not all. "I’m also going to Asia for the first time this year!" he adds excitedly. "I’ll be playing in Hong Kong and Singapore during the same month! Aside from that, I’m working on loads of new music at the moment; changing my workflow and experimenting with some new gear and different tempos. I’m making some more tracks with other people, too. Interesting times ahead, man."

This also appeared over at MTV IGGY: H E R E