Back with a boom (and a bang!), veteran breakbeat DJ and producer Krafty Kuts dropped his new album All 4 Corners last month. Produced alongside Bristol drum and bass hero and wordsmith extraordinaire Dynamite MC, the album is gathering rapid momentum and exploding onto the club scene with some booty-popping beats and some red hot collaborations, including Chali 2na, Example Erb N Dub, Harry Shotta, Rodney P and Foreign Beggars’ Pavan.
Setting the tone for a summer of waist-winding, funky bass vibes with a definite ode to old school hip hop, Nitelife caught up with Krafty to chat about the new album ahead of his set at Bristol Volksfest this weekend in their brand new arena, The Forgotten Circus Bigtop.
The album is a collaboration with Bristol’s Dynamite MC. How was it working one of the pioneers of Bristol’s underground dance music sound?
Dom is a pioneer and is so talented in the sense that he can rhyme and deliver over so many styles and beats, and I think that’s why he’s so respected. His voice is so memorable and everyone seems to love a Dyna tune, whether it’s with me, The Nextmen or Roni Size, he just nails it. He is one of DnB’s best MCs – we all know this – and most DnB DJs are glad when they know that Dyna is on the mic. I think his sound has definitely helped shape the Bristol scene in one way or another, for sure.
DnB DJs are glad when they know that Dyna is on the mic. I think his sound has definitely helped shape the Bristol scene in one way or another
Tell us about the concept behind All 4 Corners. How does it differ from your previous LPs?
We both travel the globe constantly and we hear so much music from all over the planet that inspires us, so we thought why not write an LP together and call it All 4 Corners.
We both love so many styles and genres of music, like reggae, hip hop, DnB, breaks and funk, so we tried to combine those flavours in our first ever LP together.
It doesn’t really differ from my personal LPs musically, but I feel that technically the product has got better
It doesn’t really differ from my personal LPs musically, but I feel that technically the product has got better. With Dynamite’s vocal talents layered over some funky beats, I feel very proud and happy with the results.
The album touches on many different styles – what were some of the inspirations behind the tracks?
When we perform we like to cover a range of styles we feel fits the place we are playing. Sometimes more hip hop or a little more breaks, so we like to switch things up. I think this works really well for both of us, as we have been doing it for a while now. We are both versatile and love what we do, so after some careful planning and a huge amount of backing tracks, All 4 Corners was born and we both feel the result is positive – lots of new styles with a nice collection of Krafty/Dyna flavours.
The inspiration is the love for what we do and searching for the perfect beat, whether to scratch over or rap to. Also the fact that we both have massive mutual respect for each other.
we both have massive mutual respect for each other
Tell us about the collaborations on the album. Any moments when things just clicked instantly?
There are some great moments like when Chali 2na recorded his vocals on It Aint my Fault – we were like ‘wow, this fits like a glove’. Chali is such a pro to work with and he wrote his lyrics while in the studio, taking in the environment and grasping the moment.
Example is one of the most organised and intelligent guys I have met – so forward thinking, honest, hardworking and funny. He came up with so many ideas and also put his directing skills to good use on the War Is Over video. To be honest, everyone who worked on the LP delivers the goods and came through with some great vocals and hooks. It was a pleasure to work with so many talented artists.
How did you come to feature Pavan on your new single Boom Banging? Have you always been a fan of Foreign Beggars?
Big fan – love those guys and we have played on so many stages together, we thought it was about time we wrote a track. I love Boom Banging, it’s so different and energetic, but yet so hooky – Pav smashed it! I love his tunes. It took a while, as his schedule is super busy and he is based in Dubai, but eventually we got the vocals and, again, it just worked without any need to re-record more.
Describe to us the perfect party environment to drop your new single Boom Banging this summer.
I reckon in a small club where the vibe is crazy. When this track came on, people would be bouncing. It has such crazy energy and wicked hooks that it gets in your head with their sharp lyrics and mad styles.