Sunday, September 05, 2010

Instra:mental - Live at Audioriver Festival 2010, Poland

The duo of Al Bleek and Kid Drama, Instra:mental, had their debut in the London drum & bass scene way back in the year 2000. After a break they really hit their stride with releases on Soul:r and Darkestral. Since then they've been steadily building momentum with a number of influential singles across labels such as dBridge's Exit and Naked Lunch and developing a sound uniquely their own. From their south London studio, 'The Zoo', they've been rewriting the template of what drum'n'bass can be, crossing over into dubstep and decreasing the bpm whenever they feel like it. All along there's been a steady flow of collaborators, from No-U Turn legend Nico to the likes of Skream, Burial and longtime mate dBridge. Most recently the duo has been creating waves with their halfstep robo ballad "Watching You". They've also been awarded as "best breakthrough producers" by DJ Mag and while their monthly Autonomic podcast has been gaining a massive following, showcasting fresh tracks alongside classics from Minneapolis to Detroit and back to London. And with a debut album and a Fabriclive session looming on the horizon the future looks bright for Instra:mental.