Graphics is the fresh as a daisy music maker signed to skyward new imprint GETME, provoking approving nods from industry heavyweights.
If there’s one thing the UK music scene’s not short on it’s fresh-faced, heavily-hyped music producers barely old enough to buy cigarettes. Assuming this is your cup of tea, that’s great news. But if you’re a bit pickier when it comes to sound-tracking your weekend then it can be tough separating the wheat from the chaff. One individual quickly earning his ‘wheat’ stripes is London-via-Oxford based producer, Graphics. He hasn’t been around for long but he’s already frequenting the playlists of radio heavyweights like Mary Ann Hobbs, and his debut EP Wiping the Eye garnered praise from the likes of FourTet and Gilles Peterson. All the while still being a measly 18 years old!
Performing an impressive balancing act that lies somewhere between the precise percussion of rock/dance ensembles like Battles and a Jamie xx-esque solid bass line with a hearty sprinkle of Berlin techno, it’s his latest track, ‘There’s a Way Back’, that’s getting music bloggers all flustered and spilling soy lattes on their Macbooks in feverish excitement. A simple arrangement of haunting, distorted chants alongside an echoing, futuristic drumbeat form the spine of a track that’s hard not to get sucked into. It’s refreshingly minimal and stripped back without sounding like it’s lacking anything – the kind of ‘wise-beyond-his-years’ production style that has his more established peers looking over their shoulders and picking apart his setlists.
Click through to SoundCloud for Graphics’ i-D mix track-listing and get your hands on his EP featuring a charming remix by label mates Dam Mantle, on December the 12th. Oh, and see more from our i-Ntroducing series here.
Text: Joe Illey