For their second release of the year, Josiah Hartley’s Phuture Shock label welcome up-and-coming Manchester producer Szajna to the ranks; armed with his debut solo 12” ‘M41’ EP.
Already bubbling under the surface of Manchester’s diverse music scene for some time, Szajna has been carving out a name for himself far beyond the city of late - as a producer and DJ with a certain penchant for the broken beat genre. In recent years his productions – largely in the form of unreleased dubs and re-edits - have been making waves on the underground; garnering support from DJ’s across the board, including bruk forefather IG Culture and various members of the Selectors Assemble crew. While last summer saw the Manc resident score a V/A appearance on EVM 128 and James Rudie’s Dance Regular imprint.
Picking up from where he left off in 2019, here Szajna steps aboard the Phuture Shock mothership for his maiden voyage flying solo. Titled after the district postcode of Urmston, where the producer was living at the time he wrote the material herein, ‘M41’ EP renders a snapshot of Szajna’s off-kilter production style within three original tracks; merging the funky rhythmic structures of broken beat and 2-step garage, coupled with a cheeky dose of avant-pop melodicism and altogether outlined by the heavy bass lineage of the UK underground to create a somewhat quirky, genre-bending sound. Alongside the trio of originals, the 12” also includes a remix of the title cut by Barcelona’s finest bruk export Karmasound, who returns to the Bristol label hot off the back of his highly praised debut album ‘La Búsqueda’.
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