For anyone following London dancefloor sounds over the last decade or so, Marcus Nasty’s name will be instantly familiar. He originally cut his teeth in grime as a member of the NASTY Crew, before later becoming known as one of the pioneers of funky – although he insists he still prefers the term “underground UK house”.
Since then, he has continued to represent its newer descendants on his Rinse FM show and in his vibrant club sets. “At the minute, that’s what I perceive myself as,” he nods. “At the forefront of the UK underground, bass-driven house movement.”
Reflecting the gleefully cannibalistic nature of UK dance music, where other sounds are chewed up and spat out in new and entirely ruder shapes, Marcus’ shows are riotous blurs of colour and energy. He’s at hand on the mic, shouting out to listeners, introducing tracks and MCing, while beneath the music flows as an infectious whirl of kicks, snares, fluorescent synths and warped sub-bass.
It’s that rawness and upfront energy that continues to draws him, again and again, to these new hybrid forms of house music. “It’s different,” he enthuses. “It’s got that nice calm house vibe, but it’s got those big thumping basslines that come from all the sounds we were into before. It’s got different sounds from different genres, and it’s made the ravers unite. That’s where I’ve come from and that’s what I’ve been trying to push, and explain ‘Look, we came from all these scenes, and this is now our music.’ And it’s growing on a worldwide scale. I wanted this thing to be big, but I could never have foreseen it being as big as it is now.”
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11th February - Wire, Leeds
14th February - Fire, London
21st February - Underland, Manchester
1st March - Club Karma, Dover
29th March - Great Suffolk Street, London
23rd May - Liquid & Envy, Ashford