It’s written in music history that dubstep was invented in South London, when Mala, Coki and Loefah first launched their own sub-driven DMZ imprint and hosted their groundbreaking nights of the same name across the river from us in Brixton. It wasn’t until 2010 that Loefah then launched his own offshoot label, with a sound that became more informed by house than any other bass music that was coming out of the UK at the time.
Calum Lee, better known as Paleman, has been at the centre of this movement for several years – as well as having a string of releases on Swamp81 and sublabel 81, he’s also been playing on Rinse FM every month since 2014. There's also the music he does outside of the bass music world too - as well as working under his Paleman alias, Lee also holds a degree in jazz drums (just listen to anything from his back catalogue to hear the breadth of his percussive palette).
It’s with the man’s diligence in mind that we feel privileged to present his promo mix before the EC1 debut of Paleman Presents, where Room One will host sets from our homegrown Special Request, Bristolian visionary Headhunter, and of course the man himself. A flurry of tribal drum sounds and rhythms laced with minimal bass, sit back and get an insight into the percussive side of this key producer's mind, as well as an idea of what to expect next Friday.