As a series, Charted is a perfect way for us to look into the selections and tastes of some of the most influential faces around the music scene of the UK. We are very excited to be welcoming in Koast for our next edition, one of Bristol’s most influential vocalists and forward thinkers within the bass scene.
Koast is involved with a number of different projects around Bristol’s fantastic musical landscape, the most notable of which is his work with the awesome Durkle Disco imprint, a label we have been massive fans of over the year. As well as this, He holds the role of programming manager at Bristol’s revolutionary SWU.FM, along with a residency at The Blast, a renowned live events series.
With all of this behind him, we can’t wait to get into his official top 10 listing, which we have collated for you below:
Kouslin & Logan – Bad – Durkle Disco
Whilst I may well be biased, as this came out on my label, it’s also definitely not a lie to say it’s been my most played tune of 2019… and I’m not likely to get bored of it any time soon. The combination of a banging beat at 130bpm, with strong nods to classic UK funky styles, and a strong, catchy vocal courtesy of one of grime’s best new gen MCs pretty much defines what I want to do with Durkle Disco. Kouslin & Logan killed it basically… they’re not bad on a set together either!
Murder He Wrote & Snowy – Honey Riddim – 1Forty
Motu feat. Nico Lindsay – Have To Know – Roska Kicks & Snares
Koffee – Rapture (High Class Filter funky edit)
Koffee’s ‘Rapture EP’ has probably been my favourite release of 2019 outside of music I play in sets, what a vibe! Remixes/edits of stuff outside the UK Funky/130 sphere that I already love tend to go one of two ways… either they should have been left well alone, or they absolutely do the original justice. And this High Class Filter edit is 100% in the latter camp. So good, can see this one getting battered in sets well into the summer – hasn’t failed to bring smiles across the dancefloor yet.
Ward21 – Cut Inna Face (Killjoy’s Pussyclart Stomp Bootleg)
Think this is actually a couple years old now, but only got my grubby hands on it recently – and it’s a proper heater! Ward21 acapellas are pretty much a cheat code anyway, but Killjoy’s production on this is also top notch. Straight up banger than never fails to go off.
Leda Stray/High Class Filter – Sphinx – Symbols
Mina – Security (feat. Gafacci) – Earth Kicks
The whole ‘Flight Paths’ album is brilliant – love the fact Mina is equally adept at slower afrobeats & dancehall type stuff as she is with the more gassy club/funky vibes, and her choice of vocalists is always on point too. But on a DJ tip, it’s this collab with Gafacci, a Ghanaian producer I rate highly (who is also sick across various BPMs), which is the standout on the album. Absolute banger. Very very honourable mentions to ‘Teng’ with Noire, and ‘One Leg’ with her regular collaborator and badman vocalist Bryte as well – either/both of them could easily have made this list too.
Novelist & Mumdance – 1 Sec (Ali McK & IYZ Hard re-Drum)
JLSXND7RS – You Ain’t Funky
WZ & Magugu – Movin Sharp (Lamont remix) – Eatmybeat
The whole WZ EP this is taken from is solid (original of this one, and ‘Tamagotchi’ are both great), but Lamont absolutely snapped with this remix and showed yet again why he’s been one of my favourite producers for a good few years now. Guy makes consistently genre-bending and sometimes challenging stuff that still works in a club, and there’s not many better when it comes to working with MC vocals. And what a vocal this is from Magugu – another artist I’ve been playing consistently for a while now, his ‘pidgin-rap’ style works so well with slightly experimental club beats.