The UK has a distinct knack for breeding super talented and super young producers and Inspected Records seems to have the flair to snap them up while in the blossoming stages of their careers. Joe Ford is a prime example of the process and has just demonstrated this with his Culture EP.
Moving away from his primarily drum and bass orientated catalogue, Joe Ford delivers five very different tracks, ranging from obscenely physical glitch-hop to deep textured garage/grime as well as great dubstep and weirder experimentally tempoed tracks.
The highlights of Culture have to be the opening tracks Villain and Real Talk. Villain manages to tastefully combine hard-hitting jazz-prog drum patterns and fat moving bass sounds à la label-mates and clear influences Koan Sound and Culprate whilst bringing glitch-hop into a new syncopated shoulder-jittering direction, away from the usual hip-hop bounciness associated to the genre. The second track Real Talk, produced with emotionally driven post-dubstep/grime champion Asa (who has very recently released his Sanctuary EP with Koan Sound on OWSLA and Inspected), showcases a very fresh take on garage and grime, with a lovely smooth bassline and glitchy drums, with vocal samples taking the back-seat and adding light ambient elements to a quite simply beautiful tune.
Throughout the rest of the EP, Joe Ford showcases a wealth of talent, ideas and an astute ear for producing cooler than cool sounds and it’s no wonder why in the past year, the 21 year-old has seen his music being released by some of the most established and forward-thinking labels in the UK (Hospital Records, Caliber Music, Shogun Audio and now Inspected). To quote the sample used in Real Talk: “if shit’s gonna happen, then it’s gonna happen innit” and if Joe Ford continues down that path, shit is going to happen very fast.