What’s all that malarkey?


Malarkey in the UK can be yelled out in anger, dismay, heartbreak or even as the scent of burnt breakfast seeps into the hungover living rooms of Sunday morning… But in the world of British music, Malarkey is one man, with one vision: to conquer change and take over the new EDM movement our generation is currently watching unfold.

This is well and truly music I have NEVER heard before.

At first, I felt like I was trying to solve a Rubix cube, there was no friendly ballad here to quench my usual tastes. No familiar bass line or guitar rhythm, no lyrics, just pure sound.

And it’s revolutionary.

To be more analytical on things, we now live lives that don’t stop; due to social media, the internet and the impending pressure to do something ‘instaworthy’. We wake up connected to over 600 people (on average). Even 50 years ago you might not have seen that many faces in a year. As we become more connected our need of instant satisfaction grows. We can’t wait to speak so we direct message and slander emails as a statement of the past.

So where does music fit into all this moving forward? My answer is Malarkey.

The music he creates isn’t a casual listen but nor is it a foot long poem of complex metaphors that require in excess of two bottles of wine to decipher. His music sounds like life.

It sounds like waking up at 7am and rushing to get the tube or running into Sainsbury’s for the three-pound meal deal in your lunch break… It sounds like a relationship, it sounds like right now.

What he is doing is bringing together two opposite themes of two opposite worlds and forming something new. In equalising the balance between the bass and melodic content Malarkey creates a new sound, that bears the face of a familiar stranger. He marries the pulsating ecstasy that runs through your body that comes with heavy EDM to the softer harmonies of other genres: Future Funk.

So who is this master of the sounds? He started his journey in production at only 13 years old matching beats in ‘Audacity’ and taking inspiration from Dubstep (and good old D&B). Now at 19 years old, he finds himself with a credible following, lots of plays and a multiplying crowd craving more (no pressure).

If you haven’t already seen his name floating around on the web then allow me to clue you in, as this particular artist is currently being supported by Kiss FM and Sirius XM radio stations to name a few. He’s even got DJ’s such as Martin Garrix and Mr Oliver Heldens himself liking, listening and sharing his tunes. His recent single “To You” charted on Spotify in the UK, U.S.A and the Global Viral 50 chart, this tuuuuune has over 275,000 plays! And it’s no surprise as this banger can carry an evening, sunny afternoon or long drive home.

Listen to those jazzy piano chords, followed by catchy down to earth RnB vocals. We get the trumpets and the synths come in and before you know it you are bobbing your head like a long time hip-hop fan. There are gorgeous sounds in this, and the breakdowns and build ups arrive exactly where you want them to without losing the element of surprise. Not to mention the expertly smooth production that gives it a glossy finish like a good issue of Vogue.

https://soundcloud.com/fatedrecords/toyou listen to da song!

Another fave has to be ‘Made of Something’ featuring Will Heggadon on vocals. The contrast of the vocal to the production works really well, and it sounds like someone slowly falling into a wicked explosion of something. Everything that goes on around the clean vocal is busy and punchy but never overpowering, and the drop after “I think we’re made of something”  is just awesome. https://soundcloud.com/athan-cruz-662281143/malarkey-butler-bvd-kult-made-of-something you can listen to that one there.

Being a British producer in the world of EDM, however, is a relatively new concept, these genres didn’t start here. After all, we go abroad for Ibiza Beats, don’t we? Amsterdam is hailed as capital and is home to many of the major record label offices such as “Spinnin” or “Armada” records. Although having history might not seem important, ask yourself some questions on your own taste to see that in fact, it does. It’s undeniable that the majority of British bands will feel some connection to the greats that were exported from our island. And a degree of comfort in starting into something that has already been for one proved successful and for two, to have respect, honour and prestige around it.

British rock and punk are considered second to none around the world because we did it best. EDM, however, is something that has been brought to us relatively recently and although our house is pretty good, this is something slightly different. When done well, excellent, but a quarter inch to the wrong side of the table and suddenly you’ve got something that only belongs at drug induced meetings in hilltop mountains with colourful balloons and a strict school uniform policy.

Malarkey’s work faces the challenge of prejudice and scepticism from the eyes of the Scandinavian masters, as he does not dance on home turf so to speak. We proved Britain could do Rock with the Beatles, we proved Britain could do Rap with MF Doom, we have proved pretty consistently throughout history that Britain does music pretty well. Is Malarkey going to be the undeniable proof that Great Britain can dance?

Watch. This. Space.

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