Ed West & Daddy Nature Interview

After the success of Stivs & Katch Pyro’s dance floor ripper ‘Yuh No Badman’, Born On Road return with another vocal driven, amen-tastic stomper just in time for festival season. While Ed West may be a new name for the Born On Road catalogue, he is by no means a name to be reckoned with. As well as his success as the funky drummer in the well established 9 piece reggae band ’The Drop’ he is also a master of production spanning across multiple genres including reggae, jungle, hip hop, soul, grime & Dancehall.

For this single Ed teams up with the Reggae Shack and Urban Nerds genius that is Daddy Nature (AKA Rompa), who has been making waves recently collaborating with Chris Lorenzo, Adam Prescott and one of Born On Road’s founders Aries.

The duo team up with vocalist Bahia to unleash their long awaited ‘Morgans Rain’. The track kicks off with an air of tension before the sound of chopped up amens begin to build in the background along with some great vocal harmonies before dropping seamlessly into a nice 140bpm jungle roller. Bubbling with the sound of the bass growing until the ever favourite sound of the Dead Dred inspired warp bass kicks in with a half time drum track and more splashes of the airy vocal. While the vocal is a strong line in this track it is by no means the driving force. The ever changing drum beat and bubbling bass line keep this as fresh as ever and is some great ammunition for any dance floor!

As if that wasn’t enough the guys at HQ have also commissioned remixes from Jungle veteran and Dread Recordings finest Bladerunner as well as a great summer reggae bubbler from label favourite Max Powa!

We caught up with the guys to get the low down…

When did you guys first meet?

Circa 2006 at ‘Rebel Skanking’ Dubstep nights in Reading through mutual friends.

Are there any similarities between the both of you, in the way that you produce tracks?

There are similarities in our music tastes and the way that we DJ. We play out together quite a lot at Rompa’s Reggae Shack where we play a mixed bag including some Jungle. I spend more more time producing music that Daddy Nature, who tend’s to be more of a DJ, but we’d been meaning to make some music together, and this was the second track we did.

How did this release come about?

We posted the tune on Soundcloud, and Kelvin 373 got in touch saying he wanted to sign it. We knew Kelvin and Aries anyway through bristol movements, and the Jungle scene in general so it made a lot of sense as we were into what they want to do with Born On Road.

What can we expect from the both of you in the future?

From my self (Ed) you can expect an EP dropping later on this year that I’ve made with Birmingham MC RTkal, its a mixture of styles with a forward thinking sound and a couple of cool features. Daddy Nature is continuing to run his Rompa’s Reggae Shack events all around town, and you’ll be seeing his name on plenty more flyers as he’s out DJing most weekends.

What are your top 5 feel good summer tracks?

Ed West:
Protoje ft. Chronixx – Who Knows
Skream – Sub Island
Black Twang – So Rotten

Daddy Nature:
Sun Is Shining / Bob / Dub Version
Melody (Tell Me How Me Sound) Warrior King
Sweet Jamaica Feat Shaggy Jose Wales

Morgans Rain is OUT NOW


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