EPM podcast #137 – Haider

EPM Podcast 137 comes from producer, DJ and Breaker Breaker label runner Haider. His healthy disregard for genre boundaries is reflected in both the house, bass, jazz, UK funky, breaks and techno cross pollination of both his DJ sets and label output. As equally at home releasing house, jazz or even indie shoegaze his DJ sets also come with a wide and varied palette as showcased here. From the deep house grooves of Moodymann and Derrick Carter & Chris Nazuka he takes in Detroit’s Terrence Parker and Berlin’s deep and dubby Tigerskin alongside techno / breaks legend Martyn, scuzzy electro lord Gesloten Cirkel and even the dubbed out pop of Mariah Carey. Full of deep grooves, triumphant party rockers and dark heads down moments, Haider’s mix never strays from the funk. Read the exclusive interview here: https://ift.tt/3paQH0J

Originally cutting teeth in his native Sheffield bassline scene, Haider kicked off his career with the release of his debut record, ‘The Lock Off EP’, in 2008 under his then moniker DS1.The following year, Haider was commissioned to remix grime don Tempa T’s single ‘Next Hype’ as DS1. In addition to delivering the remix, he also did a cheeky UK funky bootleg, which became a massive unofficial anthem.

Heavily inspired by the purple sound of artists such as Joker and Starkey, between 2010 and 2013 Haider turned his hand to grime. With early productions being championed by Plastician on Rinse FM and Starkey on BBC Radio 1, both artists went on to release DS1 tracks on their respective labels Terrorhythm (‘I DNT KNW’) and Slit Jockey (‘Emotions Colours and Spacefood’.)

In 2015 while studying at Goldsmiths, Haider discovered Ross From Friends’ music, and was so impressed by its potential that he released his debut EP ‘Alex Brown’. This marked the first release on Haider Masroor’s newly launched label Breaker Breaker, beginning what he describes as “a mission to push forward thinking music, regardless of genre and hype.”

Since then Breaker Breaker have released the debut EPs for a broad spectrum of artists, including jazz duo The Colours That Rise (who recently dropped an album on Rhythm Section), Japanese producer RGL and most recently, indie shoegaze trio Night Tapes.

Further displaying a knack for recognising promising musicians and helping quality people to connect, Haider also managed new jazz leaders Yussef Kamaal – helping to book their first tour and signing the now classic album ‘Black Focus’ to Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood imprint in 2016.

Turning his hand to production again, Haider released the first EP under his own name in 2018 with the highly acclaimed ‘Do What You Love’ EP. Catching the attention of AUS Music’s Will Saul, he then released the equally rated ‘10961’ EP on the label the following year.

His latest EP ‘Dance Now, Cry Later’, once again on AUS Music, followed the release of ‘Endless Clouds’ and ‘The Muses Come Out at Night’ which were released on Haider’s own Breaker Breaker Records and Mella Dee’s Warehouse Music in 2020.

EPM Podcast 137 – Tracklist

1. Derrick Carter & Chris Nazuka – Life Is Like A Circle
2. Moodymann – It’s 2 Late 4 U & Me
3. Terrence Parker – Your Love
4. Chez-N Trent – The Choice (Windy City Club)
5. Tigerskin – Non Chalant
6. Mr Ho + Mogwaa – Bail-E
7. DJ Qu – Mixing Room
8. Earth People – Dance (Club Mix)
9. Mariah Carey – Fantasy (Def Club Mix)
10. Gesloten Cirkel – Zombiemaschine Acid
11. Martyn – Vancouver
12. Anunaku & DJ Plead – Clap Clap
13. Millie & Andrea – Stay Ugly


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