Whilst it might be nestled in the mouth of the river Avon, set amongst scenic views that rival any in the world, Bristol is a vibrant and dense a place. Just last week the population rebelled against police treatment of squatters and big chain supermarkets wading in to the city’s cultural quarter, Stokes Croft. As a port town Bristol was built on slavery, and as a result it’s always been something of a cultural mish mash stoked by many races and walks of life, a fact that has always been evident in music that has stemmed from the city – a lot of which has been documented on these pages in the past.
Peverelist’s Punch Drunk label is as good a tide mark as any when it comes to Bristolian music, the imprint is dedicated to bringing fresh music made by people with a BS postcode, so when it uncovered a 12” from a hitherto unknown producer, Kahn, last month a lot of expectant eyes were cast in his direction. ‘Helter Skelter’ and ‘Like We Used To’ displayed a degree of measure fusing heavy, penetrative bass with a rolling 3rd beat of the bar snare and the kind of careering top end synthesizers that Shortstuff and Hyetal harnessed on their collaborative Punch Drunk 12”.
As a member of the Sure Skank collective, alongside players like Gemmy, Superisk and newcomer Vessel, Kahn’s roots go a little deeper in to the history of Bristol club nights. With an upcoming date at fabric under the guise of the Pinch curated ‘Bristol All Stars’ on the 6th May and a slew of new productions we asked him to contribute the 80th mix in our ongoing series so we could get a better grasp on his background and on his dancefloor outlook.
1. Kahn – Azalea
2. Kahn feat. Naomi Jeremy – Close
3. Kahn – Polar
4. Peverelist – Bluez
5. Zhou – I Remain
6. Kahn – Tehran Uprising
7. Superisk – Find Your Way (Kahn Remix)
8. Kahn – Fierce
9. Kahn – Rorschach Riddim
10. M.I.K – Do It (Kahn Remix)
11. Maddslinky feat. Tawiah – Further Away (Kahn Remix)
12. Sorrow – Escapades of Kami and Dyna