Over the last three years, celebrated UK imprint Black Butter Records has amassed an artist roster that reads like the main stage billing of a festival. From Rudimental and My Nu Leng to Gorgon City and Kidnap Kid, when it comes to A&R, Black Butter is ruthlessly competent. So when the label recently signed a teenaged producer from Bristol called Applebottom, there was little doubt that his musical capabilities were far beyond his years.
Leading up to signing with Black Butter, the young Brit had several notable releases throughout 2014 including Sex, Drugs, and Cash and Licked. However, it was his official remix of AlunaGeorge’s Bad Idea that caught fire over the wires, garnering almost 400k plays on SoundCloud.
Now, the Bristolian readies his first official release on Black Butter called Young Money–a minimalistic workout with a commanding groove that’s already getting support from the likes of Annie Mac, Mistajam, and B-Traits, to name a few. Young Money exceeds in capturing a familiar ’90s vibe with its filter-swept drum rolls and ravey chord stabs, but dives even deeper into the history of dance with its Moog-esque lead and stuttering, 19-style vocal edits. Truly a tune with cross-generational appeal.
Make sure to pick Young Money on Feb. 9 at the Black Butter shop.