October saw more music trickling down from the North, this time in the form of Breakbeat and Afro House cuts from grassroots label, Bump Machine. Bump Machine is a small Manchester based label that has quickly found it’s way into the hands of Gilles Peterson’s sets and radio shows despite having only released two tracks so far.
Lucian O’Neill has been releasing music under his ‘The Colonel’ moniker for around 10 years, producing mostly UKG, grime and broken beat influenced tracks. Tru Thoughts and Tipping Point (First Word sister label) are a couple of the numerous imprints who have overseen his releases up until now, with the birth of Bump Machine homing his future releases as well as the music of his close friends.
‘The Label really came about as a result of wanting to get my own stuff released but not finding anyone who would do it, as I’m sure many labels do these days!’. O’Neill’s first bits of success as a producer came in 2007/9 with radio support and great labels pushing his music; the idea for Bump Machine was sparked by a conversation with Toddla T who suggested he start his own label.
‘I struggled to find anything that was in the same vein – house music that’s funky without being too cheesy..clubby without being too formulaic or tied to a specific genre. I realised I have tonnes of stuff to release myself, lots of which with collaborators, so now I’m trying to push all of my collaborators as well as myself, to try and help everyone out with their careers. There’s a lot of varied stuff to come’.
The label and its initial concept breeds a real sense of humility, something that Manchester is becoming more and more known for with a number of collectives and artists pushing out their own projects independently in recent years. Check out The Colonel & Mr.Bailey – Just A Lil’ Bit below.
Words by @rhimarilou