IQ-04 'Magnetic Sense' b/w 'Screamin Paris' 12"

Serpico (known to his friends as K.Ce.) of Manchester, UK produced and mixed others’ tracks for years in his Didsbury neighborhood studio on the outskirts of Manchester, England. At the time of our meeting, his 300-year old dwelling hosted three drum ‘n’ bass producers, one on each floor. A collective, or fraternity if you will, of friends manic about swift breakbeats and fierce basslines.

Amidst the smell of freshly brewed coffee and recently extinguished weed, Kevin moved like a cat from his futon across the studio to the kitchen. He failed to find it odd that he made his home in the tight space between a mixing desk and a Cubase-equipped Atari. Scattered piles of dubplates, white labels and turntable stylli decoratde a floor atop a layer of empty beer bottles, electronic gear and party flyers.

By the time of our meeting, Kevin’s remixes for Denise Johnson ('Inner Peace' Cat Danger Mix on Hologram) and Smallstone Disciple ('Cyberfunk' Science Mix on Lo-Fi Recordings) under the moniker K.Ce. had garnered rave reviews from producers, labels and DJs. His minimalist, dark drum ‘n’ bass reversioning of others’ ideas continued to snap the breaths from listeners’ lungs. While sidestepping the metallic sounds of post-apocalyptic tech-step, Kevin was transfixed on creating an environment enveloping the DJ and dancer alike in stabbing distorted bass and crashing quicksilver breaks as Serpico.

Serpico’s production assistance for Utopian was released as IQ-005 HERE.

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