In recent years, the predominant tendency on UK dancefloors has been to defy genre, instead drawing for music with a common sense of adventure or experimentation. Loefah has been one of the key and most successful figures in that movement. Having started his career as one of early dubstep’s pioneering producers and part of the Digital Mystikz collective, he became frustrated with the genre’s limitations, so began playing and releasing (through his label Swamp81) tracks that stripped away all excess fat to leave only bass and itchy drum machine rhythms.
“It’s almost like it was a back to basics sound – everything went back to the original traditions of electronic music,” Loefah says of the Swamp81 aesthetic. “People are exploring the roots of dance music and putting a new twist on it, and through that, it’s gone through different tempos and categories – house, techno and electro. It’s been quite exploratory I think.” He likens the openness and energy of the music he plays now to the early days of dubstep, when “it wasn’t really a genre – it was more about fresh, cutting edge music.”