Batu “Bleeper Feed”/”April These”
The Dnuos Ytivil imprint kicks off the year with two strong cuts from a Bristol upstart.
The Livity Sound camp starts off 2016 with with this strong two-tracker on its reverse-spelled imprint, Dnuos Ytivil, coming from the hands of Bristol, England’s Batu. The artist holds his own with the regulars of the parent label (Peverelist, Kowton, Hodge, etc.) by playing into the sort of backwards template that the collective is known for and tweaking it slightly towards his sensibilities with smirk-worthy tact. On “Bleeper Feed,” Batu takes his time to enter into the crux of the track title, making sure those bleeps come in subtly after a barrage of snare hits that set the tone for one of the more funk-laden additions in the Livity Sound catalog. The track also serves as a genre-bending conduit that exists between the bastions of big-room techno and dystopic U.K. funky—and that, in and of itself, is something that should be heralded as a dancefloor miracle.
The tonality of the b-side, “April These,” shares more in common with another of Batu’s outlets, Beneath offshoot Mistry, an imprint that prides itself on building cavernous soundscapes while jabbing at percussive strikes. Here, he gets close to the heaviness of last year’s “Dekalb”/”Collate” release, but veers off a bit—instead of brusque sub-bass enveloping the track, he lets the synth line tell the story by tiptoeing towards the climax of the track, carrying broken-beat rhythms that chug along with abandon till the very end.
This short-but-sweet twelve-inch sets a precedent for further Livity Sound releases in the near future. With an album by Kowton due in April, and a plethora of dubs on radio shows that will inevitably present themselves in the coming months as Dnuos Yvitil must-buys, Batu’s release firmly posits the producer as an artist whose career parallels the label’s growth into an unstoppable force.