Tastemakers: What's 1Xtra's Jamz Supernova listening to this week?

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BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Jamz Supernova on Melle Brown's Intersection EP.

I haven’t just been listening to Melle Brown this week, I’ve been listening to her for over a year now! We’ve been working together on her Intersection EP.

Melle Brown is a 22-year-old producer, DJ and presenter on youth station Reprezent Radio. I signed her to my Future Bounce label after we played on the same line-up. After I tried to sneak a peek at what she was playing, she revealed they were her own productions. Soulful house music with jazz elements: think Kaytranada and Tom Misch’s lovechild.

When we met, the only music she had online was a project she’d made at university. I did think it may be a risk to sign someone at that stage, but then I thought back to what I started the label for – to nurture and develop new talent. Who better than this young producer with bags of potential?

I’ve learnt that Melle is a brilliant producer. She has a distinct ear for creating pockets of vibes in her records through live instrumentation. Bringing together and conducting young musicians to create the sounds and riffs she wants to hear, she’s able to direct vocalists – while letting them be themselves – to get the record right. Melle is a joy to work with, but even more of a joy to listen to!

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