Artist —

Zed Bias


Biography —

Dubstep pioneer Maddslinky has signed to Tru Thoughts to release his long-awaited new album, ‘Make A Change’.

One of the pioneers of breakbeat garage, his pseudonyms include Zed Bias, Phuturistix, Henchmen, Daluq, Talissman, Ruffcut Bias, Nu Design, 7 Wonders, Dekata Project, Strontium Dog – just some of the names Maddslinky, aka Dave Jones, has recorded under in the last ten years as himself or in collaboration with others.

With a slew of seminal releases in 1999 on his own Sidewinder and Sidestepper imprints, Jones then hit the UK Charts as Zed Bias in 2000 with Neighbourhood, now widely regarded as one of the all time classic UK Garage tracks. So much so that with the recent resurgence in the 2-Step sound in the UK club scene it was re-released last year with a remix from Roska that fully redefined its importance to a younger generation of clubbers.

As a trailblazer of underground dance music, he is always moving with – or ahead of – the times and his productions grace the playlists of Radio 1 DJs Gilles Peterson and Mary Anne Hobbs, as well as making themselves at home in the record boxes of DJ/producers like Toddla T, Blame, Skream, Plastician, Oneman,…

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Dubstep pioneer Maddslinky has signed to Tru Thoughts to release his long-awaited new album, ‘Make A Change’.

One of the pioneers of breakbeat garage, his pseudonyms include Zed Bias, Phuturistix, Henchmen, Daluq, Talissman, Ruffcut Bias, Nu Design, 7 Wonders, Dekata Project, Strontium Dog – just some of the names Maddslinky, aka Dave Jones, has recorded under in the last ten years as himself or in collaboration with others.

With a slew of seminal releases in 1999 on his own Sidewinder and Sidestepper imprints, Jones then hit the UK Charts as Zed Bias in 2000 with Neighbourhood, now widely regarded as one of the all time classic UK Garage tracks. So much so that with the recent resurgence in the 2-Step sound in the UK club scene it was re-released last year with a remix from Roska that fully redefined its importance to a younger generation of clubbers.

As a trailblazer of underground dance music, he is always moving with – or ahead of – the times and his productions grace the playlists of Radio 1 DJs Gilles Peterson and Mary Anne Hobbs, as well as making themselves at home in the record boxes of DJ/producers like Toddla T, Blame, Skream, Plastician, Oneman, Benga, Kode 9 and Martyn (who included new track ‘Lost on Tenori Street’ on his recent ‘Fabric 50’ mix).

The first Maddslinky album, ‘Make Your Peace’, dropped in 2002, featuring collaborations with Will White (Propellerheads), Kaidi Tatham (Bugz in the attic), Luca Roccatagliati (Ajello/Daluq), Kevin Robinson, Kayo, Juiceman and Simba, and although not given a very wide release it proved to be a highly influential record in the early days of dubstep, with the likes of Skream citing it a major influence on his work.

Newie ‘Make A Change’ is out in Ocotber 2010 featuring collabs with Mr Scruff, Skream, Tawiah, Jenna G, Omar, Nile Sugar, Ghost 1 and Mighty Moe. The album track “Further Away” feat Tawiah was voted No.3 track of the year in the 2010 Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards, despite not being out yet.

The first official single from ‘Make A Change’ is “Special” featuring UK soul legend Omar on vox. A full colour 12” sleeve housing a 5 track vinyl EP and a bonus CD insert, this amazing package boasts remixes by MJ Cole, Toddla T, Chimpo, At Jazz and Simbad, and a track co-written with Mr Scruff. 5 Star ‘Top Tune’ reviews greeted its release, in publications including iDJ and Mixmag.

The new album track “50 Shades Of Peng” featuring Skream is now out on an exclusive fluorescent yellow Serato 12”, much to the delight of DJs and collectors alike, and is being touted as a timely master-meets-protégé hook up amid the current dubstep fever.

On the same day as the new album, Tru Thoughts officially reissue ‘Make Your Peace’ to bring this seminal album the limelight it deserves, with new and incisive sleeve notes by Martin Clark aka Blackdown, featuring an interview with Skream in which he details the huge influence the album had on him.

Upfront tastemaker promos of the new material have seen regular rotation from the likes of Benji B (1xtra), Gilles Peterson (Radio 1), Alex Nut (Rinse FM), Mary Anne Hobbs (Radio 1), Toddla T (Radio 1), Annie Mac (Radio 1) and more. Features and rave reviews are stacking up across the dance music press and beyond, including DJ Mag, iDJ, XLR8R, Fact, Vice, Clash and many more, with the album being hailed as a triumphant comeback for the man who never really went away, but has been busily toiling underground while the scene he helped to shape has taken the music world by storm.

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Dates —

8th August 2014
Boomtown Fair Ltd, Winchester (UK)

29th August 2014
Victoria Warehouse, Manchester (UK)

6th September 2014
Outlook Festival, Pula (Croatia)

7th September 2014
Outlook Festival, Pula (Croatia)

17th October 2014
Motion, Bristol (UK)


News —

Zed Bias and Disclosure dubplates, DJing and the sound of the suburbs —

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Disclosure and Zed Bias dubplates, DJing and the sound of the suburbs

Instrumental in the foundation of a whole new genre that would be come to be known as dubstep – Guardian Guide

GUARDIAN – Music – Dubstep

Source: Guardian 18th February 2013

Hear Zed Bias’ bubbling remix of Mala In Cuba’s ‘Noche Sueños’ —

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Zed Bias has remixed Mala on a new Mala In Cuba edit.

Read more about it and give it a listen too

Source: Fact Mag 17th January 2013

Voting is now open for Best of British 2012 —

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Voting is now open for Best of British 2012, educated by Point Blank. Help us celebrate the underground UK music scene by voting here and supporting the Elastic Artists crew:

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Source: DJ Mag 12th November 2012
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