Paul Boylan likes his music dark. A frequent collaborator with grime legends Slimzee and Spooky, he originally came up through Drum & Bass but had his head turned by Grime. Over the years his sound has twisted and morphed, ending up in that murky hinterland between Grime and Dubstep commonly known simply by its tempo – 140.
But there’s more to Boylan’s music than gloomy textures and pumping subs. He’s developed a reputation for monstrous edits (see his refix of Dizzee Rascal’s I Luv You) while two collaborations with Trends, the Psycho-sampling ‘Norman Bates’ and ‘Kruger’ conjured up a very filmic darkness with a twist of pitch black humour. That, and an experimental edge that’s seen his music played out at instrumental Grime spot Boxed or rinsed by figures as diverse as Kode9 or Mumdance.
2018’s been a busy one for Boylan. He’s already wrapped up an Australian tour, a performance at Outlook and forthcoming releases on Slimzos, Mean Streets and Nomine Sound are in the works.