Bristol-based producer Artifact is little known even to the UK underground, and until now has struggled to mark himself out from an increasingly talented local pack. After a string of quietly confident dubplate releases, London label Deadplate Records plays host to Archaic Line, Artifact’s long overdue proper vinyl debut.
Those who know how Bristol sounds at the moment will feel right at home. Like his more well-known contemporaries Kowton and Kahn, Artifact’s music is all about squelching chords, jackhammer kicks and harsh, off-kilter rhythms. Archaic Line itself is the real gem here, while Artifact’s other original Deserted feels less dynamic if still brilliantly and aggressively produced. On the flip we’re treated to a mix from another talented young kid in Graphics, his take on Archaic Line plumbing the depths of violent technoid house to great effect.
As if you needed more reasons to pay attention, Knowledge Magazine recently included both Artifact and Graphics on their 10 Bass Producers To Watch In 2012 list. If the strength of these tracks is anything to go by, these guys won’t be languishing in obscurity for too much longer.