PALEMAN AT HAUS LIVERPOOL

Words: ROB SYME
May 13, 2013

If you haven’t heard of PALEMAN yet, get to know. One of the most exciting young producers to emerge from the UK underground over the last year or so, he has gained the support and recognition of scene luminaries such as Mary Anne Hobbs, Loefah and Zed Bias; an impressive pool of references for a […]


If you haven’t heard of PALEMAN yet, get to know. One of the most exciting young producers to emerge from the UK underground over the last year or so, he has gained the support and recognition of scene luminaries such as Mary Anne Hobbs, Loefah and Zed Bias; an impressive pool of references for a lad who is still only nineteen. Though his DJ sets have people talking, his productions alone are the reason why such scene legends hold him in high esteem. Tracks Etchand Chapel, both due for release on School Records later this month, are meant for deep, damp chasms, never mind the warehouses and darkened rooms he’s due to play. But it is perhaps Furrball – a collaborative effort with garage legend Zed Bias – that has had the biggest impact since he emerged. One of those tracks that calls for a sit-down/stand-up every time it’s played out, a go-to for DJs such as Boddika over the last year.

Like Blawan before him, there is just as much focus on the percussive elements of his material as there is on the melodic, so it’s no surprise that he is currently studying Jazz Drumming in London. Whereas Blawan has cemented his reputation as a producer of rough-edged techno, Paleman tends to weave his magic over heavy house grooves, his production finding identity through rhythmic flourishes and a keen ear for detail. No stock hand claps here.

On Tuesday night, he’ll be making his Liverpool debut at HAUS and with a reported tendency to throw the occasional curveball (recently finishing a set in Leeds with Benga’s seminal dubstep earworm ‘Night’), I can’t wait to hear what he has in store for us.




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