Starting off our finds from Brainchild is a producer by the name of Footshooter, aka Barney Whittaker. He brought the Steez Cafe to life on the Saturday, joined on stage by Vels Trio's Jack Stephenson-Oliver on keys, guitarist Da Rico, and guest spots on the microphone from Slam the Poet, Brother Portrait and Izzy Risk. Together they were performing a live rework of music from Whittaker's forthcoming EP. What ensued was a blissful blend of words, beats, jazz-infused chords and smooth guitar.
Based in Brighton, Footshooter's productions combine samples and beats to create a sound with nods to 2-step, dub, house, hip-hop and broken beat. The result is genuinely refreshing. It's music that spans both home-listening head bobbers and dance floor steppers. The tunes are heavy on the features as well, with his latest release, Chimes EP, including guestspots from Slam the Poet, Tommy Sissons, Cecil B Demented and Izzy Risk.
Whittaker's mixes and DJ sets paint a clear picture of his influences, selecting records that seriously go deep - featuring everything from tunes out of South London's vibrant scene to rare groove from across the globe.
Beyond his beats, he also reps the Mad Vibes Collective, featuring some of the finest poets, producers and creatives out of Brighton and SE London. With a four track 12" due out on Famous Friends later this year, make sure you keep this one on your radar.
This Ear to the Ground is part a series of discoveries we made at Brainchild festival.
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