“As always, I’m keeping open to the influences around me. There’s no strict path that I’m on.” Drawing from a number of evolving scenes, Kahn’s dread dub vibes and growling grime notes have gripped ears and decks alike.
Bass music’s Mecca has long-since been cradled in the South West of England. A city steeped in sound system heritage, Bristol has dedicated itself to dubplate and vinyl pressing for years - hatching the Young Echo collective in the process. Vessel, El Kid, Zhou, Jabu, Kahn and Ishan Sound made their first radio broadcast from Vessel’s bedroom in 2010 and have been working together ever since. “Certainly in Bristol there is a strong sense of community, not just amongst the musicians but between all artists. We all want to see each other do well,” Kahn explains.
The producer’s Gorgon Sound system project with Neek is a dread-bass outfit to be reckoned with. Joint effort ‘Percy’ spawned yells of ‘every soundbwoy shut up!!!’ in the gulliest of grime circles, and their imprint, Bandulu Records, has releases stacked up for the coming months. And now, Kahn’s self-titled EP has just landed on Black Box, featuring cameos from Flowdan, Rider Shafique, Jabu, as well as vocals from the badman himself.
Essential listening for bass heads and newcomers alike, Kahn’s tracks hark back to the raw, golden eras of grime and dubstep. But he recognises that things are in a state of flux - “If anything, we feel that our Young Echo Sound shows are a means of capturing a moment in Bristol's musical history and archiving it.”
‘DREAD’ (DEEP MEDI)
‘BADMAN CITY’ FT. FLOWDAN (BLACK BOX)
Words by Felicity Martin