- David Pollock
- 11 August 2013
This article is from 2013.
The notorious DVA brings the bass to Sneaky Pete's
As usual there will be a procession of great DJs going through the Cowgate’s clubbing cavern Sneaky Pete’s this month, and in securing Scratcha DVA for this midweek date the venue has confirmed one of the UK’s most versatile names amongst their number. Typically associated with what you might refer to as ‘UK Bass’ and one of the nation’s most forward-thinking underground labels, Hyperdub, he’s the kind of DJ who can cram them in on a commercial dancefloor or provide late night listening for blunted lovers of a more textured sound. Just listen to his breakthrough track ‘Natty’ to get an idea - a smooth but uncategorisable fusion of acid house squelches, rattling quasi-African rhythms and a deep, burbling funky bassline.
A former grime producer who worked with Wiley and Terror Danjah amongst others, Leon Smart was also the breakfast DJ on Rinse FM for six years and the head of his own DVA Music label, which he uses to release the work of up and coming funky producers and his own collaborations with the likes of Cooly G. His debut album Pretty Ugly arrived last year on Hyperdub and it was a thing of inventive beauty, from simple, insistent vocal beats like ‘33rd Degree’ and ‘Fire Fly’ to the dark, bass-laden trip of ‘Polyphonic Dreams’. This club set promises to be like no other in Edinburgh this month.
Juice at Sneaky Pete’s, 15 Aug, 11pm,