Young producer Murlo mixes up soca, grime and UK funky with a deftness of touch unlike no other. Look out for his forthcoming Odyssey EP…

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 12 Oct 2015
  • min read
Who? Murlo, aka young producer Chris Pell.

What? Intricate, innovative club music stretching grime and UK funky into weird and wonderful new sonic otherworlds.

From where? Formed in the east midlands, now down in London.

What’s the story? Murlo is a producer making uncompromising sounding dance music redefining notions of how one can dance.

Now based in London, this young innovator has really come to the fore over the last 18 months. 2013 saw EPs on Unknown to the Unknown (Adder) and Glacial Sound (Last Dance), as well as an ace collaboration with Famous Eno, Ariel.

Following a US tour, shows on BBC 1Xtra, he’s now gearing up to release Odyssey, an eight track EP and follow up his vocal EP, Jasmine, released on Mixpak earlier this year.

As Murlo says the EP has a 'loose story, involving a group of people leaving a planet.’ It’s certainly both light fingered and contemporary blending an array of styles, melodies and action to make your ears stand up and pay some serious attention. Check out lead track Cascades below…

Sounds like? No one else. His take on instrumental grime is organic, flexible and draws on r’n’b, techno as well as more symphonic, dreamy moments… It’s like he’s time travelled to the Notting Hill carnival of 2085 and brought back those future rhythms…

Predicted to? As one sage notes on Murlo’s SoundCloud page, he’s redefining instrumental grime in the same way that Rustie tears apart hip hop.

Must hear? Forthcoming Odyssey EP is perhaps his most complete and exciting work to date…