The Isle of Wight may not be the first place you think of when it comes to dancefloor-tearing drum & bass, but three-man crew Reaperz are looking to change all that.
Reaperz, Ricachet (Adam Flynn), N20 (Kyal Annis) and Taz (Tarran Foster), have been DJing and producing as a unit since 2008, and are responsible for club night Bass Jam on the Isle.
The group's success has been rapid, having released five tracks already, on labels such as Cyntax Error and Global Domination with around six more coming out soon. They were the recent winners of the Dope Ammo remix competition (Reaperz' version of Roots N Culture will be released imminently) and their track Dark Riddum will feature on the upcoming MC Fearless album.
Their sound is immediately obvious, with more drops than a plate-spinning contest, however, Drift Away shows they can expand their repertoire away from simply grind and grime. And their formula has proved popular - their first release Captain Kirk / Total Recall went to number one in the Nu Urban charts for three weeks, and every release since has also charted in the top 20 on Trackitdown and Nu Urban.
Next up will be It Wasn't Me / Afro Samurai (Cyntax Error) and Come Together (Dirty Digital), and with an impressive line-up of forthcoming releases, 2011 seems to be a big year for this young collective.
Words: Gideon Thomas
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