DJ DEGO as part of MOVEMENT with DJs DEE JAY NAV, JOHN KONG, JASON PALMA, A MAN CALLED WARWICK and AKI at Roxy Blu (12 Brant), Friday (July 26). $10-$15.
4Hero co-chief Denis "Dego" McFarlane might be being cast as the high priest of broken beat, but the prolific producer's having none of it.
The past year has seen the broken beat sound, a deconstruction of jungle rhythms characterized by stuttering breaks, reach well beyond its roots in West London to become a global underground sound. Producers like IG Culture and Phil Asher have released landmark tunes in the style, and 4Hero's massive Hold It Down track has become something of an anthem for the scene, but McFarlane takes the attention in stride.
"We're just trying to get more people to hear the sounds of me and my boys from London and anyone else who's got the same vibe," he insists from L.A., prior to a Movement set here Friday. "There's always going to be an underground hardcore following of people who are going to catch onto these things quickly. It's the same with any new genre that comes out.
"It's a bit of rubbish to think that it came out of a specific place, though. A couple of us live in West London, and that's it. This sound can be created anywhere, including there in Toronto. Your man Moonstarr has got it locked down."
It's dangerous to try to pin McFarlane down on one specific sound, because the man usually has two or three completely different things ready to roll simultaneously. His 2000 Black label is backed up with more than a year's worth of records sitting waiting to roll, while the 4Hero project continues to move further and further out.
Last year's Creating Patterns disc was actually criticized by many for reaching too far from its drum 'n' bass roots, and McFarlane admits that should there be another 4Hero record, the script will have to be torn up and completely re-written.
"I think we've taken this sound as far as it can go," McFarlane concedes. "If there is another album, we're going to really have to do something special.
"It's hard, because we keep trying to do different things all the time. Other people can just do the same type of thing for five albums and no one would think anything of it. We've been silly enough to do this thing where we want to go and change all the time, and I don't know where that leaves us. It's a bit of a headache, to tell you the truth."