There’s a strong history of the studio pioneers of British dance music becoming household names in this country; from Basement Jaxx to Groove Armada, Massive Attack to Chase & Status. The hottest new collective making their mark are the East London quartet Rudimental – and their mission – to bring soul to electronic music. With support spanning from Zane Lowe, The XX to Mistajam and Fearne Cotton, they’ve managed to dominate dancefloors and airwaves in the space of just a few month.
Comprising songwriters and producers Piers Agget, Kesi Dryden and Amir Amor, together with DJ Locksmith, the four men draw on their eclectic musical backgrounds and sense of teamwork to keep their finger firmly on the pulse of dance music. They grew up on everything from grime to jazz and blues; from hip-hop to house; one of Piers’ early musical memories was of pushing Locksmith off the decks at his older sister’s birthday party to play the ’90s speed garage he loved at the time, Todd Edwards and Armand van Helden in particular. The range of influences each brings to the table only enhances their work.
Responsible for the anthem of Summer 2012 in ‘Feel the Love’ their mission to bring soul and joy back to dance music is in full flow and working a treat and with their debut album about to drop Summer 2013 has the name Rudimental written all over it.