‘I make a bunch of different kinds of music’ reads the description on Doctor Jeep’s SoundCloud page, and that pretty much hits the nail on the head. Real name: Andre Lira, the New Yorker works within the bassier end of the club music spectrum, but is hard to pin down to a particular sound.
Fixate offers up a typically atypical blend of rowdy half-time, rolling jungle and more for our Fresh Kicks mix series.
The past few years have seen Fixate, aka Declan Curran, define his sound through two superb EPs for dBridge's Exit Records, plus work on Diffrent Music and 20/20 LDN.
Predominantly known for his unique take on half-time drum & bass, Curran's tracks often feature chunky, organic percussion arranged in cryptic patterns around hefty basslines — however, he's far from pigeonholed in that end of the spectrum.
Fixate is back with another slice of half-time gold, this time remixing Doctor Jeep's 'Laff Trak' for Aufect Recordings, the label headed up by Canadian duo Greazus.
Taken from the new 'Jawbreaker' EP by Doctor Jeep, 'Laff Trak' is a moody, minimalist march, but in the hands of London's Fixate it becomes a homage to Skream, Benga and the like, drawing on the quickfire wobbing bass of late noughties dubstep.