Although a veteran of the Manchester scene, with 10 years DJing under his belt and his Boxed Manchester brand an established local favourite, Ben Ikin is a relative newcomer to production. He has nevertheless set out an impressive stall with his first few releases, with subtle vocal manipulations, chugging grooves and rolling tech basslines very much the order of the day. That trend continues with Expectations – his latest release for the increasingly vital FXtion Records. Buy EP here.
Check out his housy mix for Heed The Sound above.
Dan Farserelli – Lemon & Limes (Tom Elis mix)
James Dexter – Little Helper 133-3
Ian Pooley – Turakina
Nick Curly – Multiply
Ben Ikin – Expectations
Josh Butler – Sinawava
Skream & Dennis Ferrer – Old Yella
Steffen Deux & Nick Curly – Phasor (Christian Burkhardt mix)
Green Velvet & Alexis Raphael – Ikandi
Matthias Meyer & Christopher Groove – More or Less
Nick Curly – Green Blaize
Hauswerks – Touch the Ground
Paco Wegmann – Yakuza
Josh Butler – Rabbit Hole