For this week’s edition of FTR (the guys who takeover Room 2 at Voodoo Lounge on Fridays during Juiced) will be Bodhi, Cardiff 25 year olds Olly Howells and Luke Welsby. FTR focuses on bringing both new and established producers to Southampton, aiming to cover a broad selection of the bass & beats end of the electronic spectrum. The FTR residents are BITR8 and Dujy Fresh, so you’ll be able to catch them every week too.
Their name and musical ethos was taken from the Bodhi tree – an Indian symbol of spiritual enlightenment – but Howells and Welsby’s production career began at school and in the clubs of Cardiff. After years spent in guitar bands and experimenting with multiple instruments (between them taking instruction in piano, guitar and drums), the boys of Bodhi found common musical ground in exploring the stimulating new ground that electronic music had to offer.
Both Olly and Luke reveal a love of Motown, funk, blues and 90s RnB in their production that was handed down from their parents, combined with the exciting climate of sounds pushed forward by artists they admire. Their “feel-good music with grooves” takes an old school house sound and jacks it up with deep strummed funk rhythm basslines, producing tracks that sync with the wave of house and garage dominant bass music that is inspiring so many fresh UK electronic artists.
This time last year the duo turned in a mix for Mixmag and more recently, ahead of a new EP on the ever-excellent Ten Thousand Yen, they put out a free download via the magazine. Listen to both just below.
Bodhi will release a 3-track vinyl/digital EP via Ten Thousand Yen on February 24.