DNCN is a Manchester techno legend who has bootstrapped himself into prominence through a dazzling selection of live performances, some acclaimed releases, and some particularly interesting remix collaborations. Best known for remixing Mercury Music Prize nominees Elbow he claims to have persuaded the band that they needed some “next level shit on the flip”, an ambition he fulfilled with their Fallen Angel single.
However, DNCN’s first remix back in 2002, is a better indicator of his talents and direction; it was of Jello, better known as Bola, whose track O’Verb appeared on the Lungbone EP on seminal Chicago label Peacefrog. In return, Bola mastered DNCN’s debut 12″ “the Dubby Crayons EP”, released on manager and collaborator Xander’s Phush Consumables imprint. DNCN cemented his reputation with releases on Manchester digital label Hippocamp as well as releasing his “K-holes and Middle Management” EP on the www.clevermusic.net label. These releases were picked up by John Peel, Craig Richards and DJ Fra among others. Since then he has become a regular on the techno circuit, playing in Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, London and Amsterdam.
Melodic, whom the NME dubbed “the uk’s coolest label”, selected his minimal, sex education track, “Eeram”, for both their compilation album “Melodic Today” and its 12″ sampler. He also scored a headline slot on Mary-Anne Hobbs’ Breezeblock Radio 1 show, playing live. DNCN’s brand of deep, hypnotic 4×4 pulses is now fully mature and his new material will amaze techno and minimal house fans.