Updated: Nov 12, 2018
If you kept up with the massive output of quality releases from Devine Disorder Records and Binalog Productions, then by now surely you have caught wind of one of their most formidable artists, DJR21.
Having been around since the early days of Electro Funk, R21 began DJ'ing and making mixtapes; even being fortunate enough to have one of them featured on the legendary Mike Allen radio show. He began his path in music production and composition on Amiga computers, eventually working his way to analogue synths, and moving on to using digital mediums in his later years to produce what can only be called "Classy Electro Bass". Profound and enigmatic melodic compositions, heavy bass beats, and spaced out psychedelic sound effects, that made this British producer a heavy contender in the New School Electro scene.
DJR21's first release was on a free downloadable compilation on Swishcoteque Records, which was followed up by two more free downloadable EP's called "New Waves", and "Wired". Later in 2009, R21 signed on to the infamous Miami label Devine Disorder Records, releasing an EP named "Micro"; a devious cybernetic extravaganza of crisp Electro beats, rich synthetic melodies, and deranged binary tones.
In September 2009, R21 followed up on the Alternate Realities compilation on Devine Disorder, featuring two of his songs, "Synthetix", and "Datastream". The compilation also contained material by Dwellz Rawkz, Magnetic Bass Force, and David Salgado. His output in 2009 culminated with the song "Robotek", which was featured again on Devine Disorder, on their Bass Warriors compilation.
In 2010, R21 returned once again with a bombshell release on the second volume of Devine Disorder's "One Nation Under Bass" compilation series, which also featured a name that needs no introduction: Dark Vektor. The EP contained 2 songs by each artist: "Attack Of The Bassmen", and "Atomic Breakdown" by DJR21, and "Pulso Correcto", and "Ritmos Freneticos" by Dark Vektor. All the songs became instant hits in 2010, but most notably perhaps was "Atomic Breakdown", a bass-heavy blaster with sumptuous strings, and captivating vocoders.
After an abundance of success on the Advanced Funk Vol. 1 compilation on Greek label Binalog Productions, which featured his track "Minimum", R21 returned on a remixes EP from another one of the imprint's new artists, Mirage, who you may remember as being one of the Streetsounds Mastermix DJ's, appearing on Vol. 2 and 3 of the label's compilation series.
Unfortunately, after what seemed like a bright future ahead for the artist, releasing a remixes album for his classic hit "Minimum" on Binalog Productions, as well as some mind-blowing collaborations with Miami Electro Bass don GROW, DJR21 seemingly disappeared, and as of yet, it's unknown when he may return to the scene.
Sadly, the advent of digital music and social media, which arguably offers some conveniences, only has really served to deteriorate the music industry, and in the deep underground, has left many artists feeling completely lost and unsupported. It would not be a surprise if DJR21 stopped making music due to this feeling, and it's a real shame considering the amount of talent this UK producer had to offer. This wouldn't be the first if true, and should be a huge red flag for supporters of underground music as to why it is so important to make sure that you truly support the artists you love.