Host Spotlight: an opportunity to shine a light on our wonderful radio hosts and wider community, be it a new music release, a brand new music residency or simply to champion them as an individual. For this edition, we chat with DJ, producer and ‘Roadside Picnic’ host Boris Cobblestone, ahead of his debut EP release!
Stemming from a love of dub-orientated music, Boris Cobblestone’s upbringing in Sheffield has had a profound impact on his tastes to date. A city with no shortage of dubstep, jungle and DnB, Boris spent his youth surrounded by the huge, weighty sound systems of Sheffield’s endlessly diverse offerings of nights.
It wasn’t long until Boris started hosting his own parties, DJing and making connections that exposed him to an abundance of new music. As well as dub and reggae, techno, electro and different styles of house music began making their way into his collection, and the connections between these genres and the space and atmospheres of dub music soon became apparent.
Boris started taking production seriously upon moving to Manchester in 2018 to study music production. Making beats in his bedroom as an early teen soon morphed into whole projects, accelerated most recently by lockdown, which saw ‘Light Pollution’ come to fruition. 160 bootlegs made from chop-and-screwed old dub techno tracks turned into a live audio/visual project back in January, which created the springboard into ‘Light Pollution’. An EP of originals with artwork still an integral part, Boris continued this blend of influences but put his own stamp on it with murky, reverb-laden tracks caught somewhere between a dance-floor and a bus-ride home from Piccadilly Gardens. Teaming up with fellow ‘Roadside Picnic’ host and good friend Chris Cooper, the pair have created artwork that perfectly captures that grey, urban landscape heard in the various soundscapes. The artwork will be available as a small run of prints, which will be distributed alongside the first batch of digital releases.
‘Light Pollution’ is out digitally on 4th June – pre-order here and in the meantime, check out the latest episode of Roadside Picnic below: