Myro & Dodge’s Disciple family develops once again. All welcome a true OG to the LA/Bristol fold – The Others.
No introductions necessary: having emerged as one of the integral acts in Caspa’s Dub Police fold in 2007, Alex Crawford has kept our knees afloat in the dance for 10 years. Never one to hammer out the releases, every dispatch (including his noteworthy Red Planet album) has attracted attention across the board thanks to the London artist’s ability to cover the whole gully gamut at 140 and never re-tread old tracks.
Last time we spoke to him he’d dropped the long-awaited Lions & Tigers & Snares on Subway after a break working on other projects. He spoke to dubstep needing to come back together and stop being so fragmented… Turns out he was speaking to Disciple about the matters too.
His debut release on the label is the War EP, out April 3. Four tracks in total, including a cheeky collab with Disciple’s perennial prince Virtual Riot, it’s classic The Others… And we wouldn’t have it any other way. Neither would Disciple by the sounds of things.
Get to know:
The Others on Disciple… When did this start shaping up?
We spoke last summer. They had a few ideas and wanted to work with me on some EPs. I’d been approached by other labels but wasn’t really sure whether they were for me or not. The thing about Disciple was that thjey didn’t want me to change in any way – they wanted me to stick to my guns and do what I wanted to do. Disciple isn’t known for what I do. Their sound isn’t associated with my sound. So when they approached me it all just made sense and we clicked.
Disciple is known for one particular sound… Everyone has a different sound on the label.
Totally. I think that’s where a lot of people go wrong – new guys and older more established people alike. They think they fit in because they sound like the other people there. But why have direct competition in the same camp? A good label is like a puzzle with all the artists filling in a larger picture. Like how Dub Police was years ago – Caspa, me, Trolley, Emalkay and Subscape doing different things, coming together to create a much larger sound. I think Disciple is doing that really well now.
It’s what you spoke about last time – things being too fragmented…
Yeah I was speaking to Disciple about the same thing at the same time. Everything clicked after that Lions & Tigers & Snares EP – they understood where I was going and what I wanted to do. I didn’t have think twice about signing with them. Since then it’s been about getting the music together. And that’s where we’re at with the first EP on the label.
The EP covers a lot of ground… Was this a happy accident or planned?
A little planned but that’s what happens with a lot of EPs I do. I sit down with an idea and more ideas spring off it and it kinda comes together. But of course I wanted to show different sides to my sound and, more importantly, I had a lot of fun exploring different sounds, knowing the label wanted me to do just that. It’s also a good representation of my sets, too – covering a much wider ground than any one sound and no fillers. There’s Listen with Virtual Riot which is the harder sound, there’s War which is the sound I feel I’m known for and Barbarian and What are both what I would describe as a proper dancefloor tracks. I feel there’s a real thirst for the classic knees up bassy stuff at the moment.
Who, for you, is excelling that classic knees up bassy stuff? I know Myro really pushed that last year
Yeah definitely. Well Virtual Riot is just excelling full stop. He’s insanely talented and inspiring to work with. Our paths are so different – I’ve come from the UKG/jungle route while he’s come from metal and all kinds of different sounds. He represents the next generation but totally gets and loves the roots of what dubstep is and how it should be. He’s killing it in every style he touches.
Another one for me is Rusko – he’s totally stripped his sound down and really brought it back to the roots and all my sets have had his new tracks in. Trolley Snatcha and Funtcase’s latest collab is killing it on the back to basics tip. Space Laces’ Bugbass was massive for me last year too. That track represents a lot; you can hear elements of original guys like Joker or that classic Skream simple bassy sound but a whole updated twist on it. I really feel things have come back round – the dust has settled from the whole EDM thing and everyone’s gone back to the roots a bit and there’s no expectations or boundaries, just pockets of collectives working towards the same goal but in totally different directions. It’s an exciting time.
How about an exciting future? What’s next?
Yeah it is really exciting… The EP is out at the end of the month, there’s a remix of Dodge & Fuski and then after that another EP. Busy busy with a lot of new music. Keep listening!