CloudSourcing: Will Saul

By Darren Ressler

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British house music adventurer Will Saul has been in the mix for over 15 years, working as a DJ, producer, A&R man and label owner. Known for running two acclaimed indie imprints, Simple and Aus Music, he’s put the spotlight on acts like Joy Orbison, Bicep, Scuba and Pearson Sound long before they were global names. Today the focus is on Saul, who releases his elegant debut album, Getting Closer, issued under his alter ego, Close. On Getting Closer Saul intertwines his sublime house and bass pedigree with a fresh take on pop music (see lead track “Beam Me Up” feat. Charlene Soraia & Scuba for reference), propelling his music into a direction full of new possibilities. Always one to give a leg up to emerging artists, Saul shares five of his favorite artists on SoundCloud, many of whom he’s already in the process of working with.

Close’s Getting Closer is out now on !K7.

1. Supreems
Two super talented young guys from Belgium that I believe are set for big things in the future. I discovered them via my friends Andy and Matt (a.k.a. Bicep) who run the excellent Feel My Bicep blog which is a constant source of musical inspiration for me and actually where I discovered Bicep before going on to release two EPs with them on my label, Aus.

2. Youandewan
Ewan is a very gifted producer and DJ from Leeds. His What’s The Deal? EP has just been released on my label, Simple, and he’s recently released with Secretsundaze and Hypercolour. He’s a classically trained pianist and has one hell of an ear for melody. For me his productions sound a little like Moodyman if he’d been brought up in the UK. He has that dusty and rough yet somehow glimmering sound that very few people can pull off.

3. Sei A
Andy “Sei A” Graham is one of the most underrated producers out there in my opinion. He has a knack for producing irresistible grooves, and I play out at least two of his productions in every set. His latest release on his own label, Seinan Music, is sublime. Look out for an EP from him on Simple later this year with a remix from Breach.

4. Leon Vynehall
Boy can you hear this man is a drummer. Heavy, heavy drums and a killer swing on all his productions. I’ve had the pleasure of listening to a lot of his forthcoming/unreleased music, and I would bet my house on him being huge by this time next year. He certainly deserves it. He also has the knack of really teasing an arrangement out and building to a big drop in a way that doesn’t rely on the all the standard tricks. The master of building tension and then releasing the hook to a rapturous response from the crowd. One to watch for sure.

5. Komon
Not strictly an up-and-comer but he is in the process of reinventing himself as Komon (previously producing dubstep and drum ‘n’ bass as Komonazmuk) and is producing some of the freshest house and techno around at the moment. I think part of the reason that so many people coming from dubstep are making so much good house music is that they have no pre-conceptions about how a house record should sound so they approach it with fresh ears and ideas and this makes for some great results. He has a 12″ coming out in July on my label, Aus, called “Walk The Walk.”