Ninja Tune add Slugabed to their arsenal
It marks a significant moment in the career of Slugabed, known to familiars as 21 year-old Greg Fieldwick. Born and raised in Bath, the warped hip-hop/dubstep fusionist first made waves in Bristol’s infamous bass scene back in 2009. His fame soon spread worldwide with the release of stand-out 12s on Ramp, M.Y.O.R and, more recently, Planet Mu – not to mention a sublime, smacked-out remake of Rick James’ “Superfreak” that recast the electro-disco anthem as an intergalactic, next-level bass anthem.
It was, though, last year’s move to Brighton that really saw Fieldwick step-up his production and DJing. He quickly became an integral part of the city’s Donky Pitch crew, becoming a resident DJ and releasing the first single on their vinyl-only label of the same name. Remix requests soon came flooding in – including a commission to rework Roots Manuva’s brit-hop classic “Witness” For Ninja Tune’s recent mammoth 20th anniversary project.
Clearly, the Ninja decision makers were impressed, Roots Manuva included, who reportedly asked for an instrumental to use in his live sets. A senior Ninja Tune employee had the following glowing words to say: “We’re very excited about this signing. Slugabed is a perfect Ninja – monstrous beats, brilliant musical skills and a strong sense of humour. One of the few producers capable of remixing Roots Manuva’s Witness and surviving. Expect some next level tunes.”
Fieldwick’s first Ninja Tune material will be released later in the year. Before then, you can get a taste of what’s to come by heading over to the Ninja Tune website. They’re offering a free MP3 download of a new Slugabed composition, “Sweet Baby Electric Fire”.