‘Big Bad Wolf’ is low-slung, lo-fi bass music made jittery with rave-recalling squeals and sirens, and Cute Banana’s dispassionate girl-next-door delivery bringing to mind both Katy B and Coco Solid – it’s a hypnotic, arresting hybrid unlike anything else in the country. An alias of Thom Burton (Wilberforces et. al), Moppy has been making tracks for years, but 2011 finally saw the an album surface, Mokai - released both digitally and on cassette via Arcade Recordings. ‘Big Bad Wolf’ is both the poppiest and most club-friendly track on the album, which recalls UK artists like Hype Williams and the Hyperdub label – the way “they don’t treat 8-bit and lo-fi sounds in a tinny way – they’re massive,” comparing it to the way Siltbreeze bands deploy guitars. Suspicious of the stranglehold production/engineering-focused aesthetics have on local electronic music, and raising middle finger to staunch brostep humourlessness, Moppy is currently working on a music video and a new album to release later in 2011; happy to play parties, but open to seeing if clubs are ready for his sort of sound.
From 2007, Real Groove magazine released four Awesome Feeling compilations, showcasing a diverse and exciting range of underground local talent. Real Groove may be gone, but we think there’s just as many exciting local acts worth a listen, so The Corner is putting out a fifth volume of Awesome Feeling with the support of Groove Guide. We’ll be revealing one new artist/track every weekday throughout May, and posting the entire compilation for download at the end of the month.