Pete Hazell AKA Titus 12 is a shadowy Bristol-based beatsmith, a producer of experimental dubwise dance music influenced by “smoked out hip hop, sound system culture, and field recordings.” Hazell says all of these influences came together in these tracks “cooked up while under the influence of Melbourne’s incredible beat scene.” Host of Ujima 98 FM’s weekly Subsession radio show, he is well known in the city as a purveyor of deep, eclectic, bass-centric music of all stripes & hues – beats without borders. We are very pleased to be releasing Titus 12’s first physical release.
‘Bury Dem’ marries a lurching 140-ish dub-hop riddim to a buzzing analog bassline, 8-bit skanks, haunting melodica – pure propulsive nod-factor dubwise, a molasses-soaked, ganja-infused confection that sounds like Lee Perry busting out some chopped & screwed. Titus 12 shows that an ‘eyes-down’ tune needn’t be dark or bitter.
‘Everyone Should (Wake Me Up)’ simply has to be skanked to to be grasped. Like the Skatalites with Todd Edwards on vocal duties, Madlib on the MPC and Zomby on bass, this one is for the 2-Tone 2-Step revival that is already in full swing on some glorious alternate Earth. If you, like us, weary of rigid genre-boundaries and want to be surprised again – trust.