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Mutiny – noun - to rebel, revolt, riot, resist, defy and disobey… So why is Mutiny, Mutiny then?
Misbehaving Miami boat parties, mad Ibiza sessions and crazy UK gigs… Brixton boys Dylan Barnes and Rob Davy have been causing mayhem – by making and playing music together - as Mutiny since 1996. Their sonically diverse releases and jackin’ party-wise DJ sets have earned them both critical acclaim and fans from around the globe - including Lottie, Sneak, Jon Carter, Darren Emerson, Steve Mac, Pete Tong, Yousef and many more.
Before there was Mutiny…
Dylan and Rob both grew up on a diet of jazz and reggae – Dylan on a commune in Suffolk (?!), and Rob in a house Birmingham. Whilst Rob moved on to the early house sounds of Todd Terry and the like and began remixing various house and hip-hop artists for Tommy Boy and others, Dylan moved to London and played in various funk and jazz bands, where he befriended another young jazz-funk obsessed guitarist by the name of Simon Ratcliffe. After producing piano driven house music under their Helicopter moniker, including the house classic 'On Yer Way', Simon and Dylan wrote the first Mutiny EP together, before the former went on to form an inconsequential partnership with Felix Buxton called Basement Jaxx…
Dylan went on to found his own label Sunflower Records in 1995 and soon met and teamed up with Rob… 2001 saw the release of their debut long player, ‘In The Now’ (Virgin) - an album, which, while fixed firmly in the present, reflected it’s producer’s varied musical pasts. The release represented Mutiny's refusal to fit into a 4/4 stereotype as much as their inherent sense of what music makes for a great party.
2002 saw the duo go from strength to strength. Having already completed remixes for Robbie Williams, Audio Bully’s, Gus Gus and Maxi Jazz, and having released a mix compilation on their own Sunflower Records. Mutiny released their first track on Darren Emerson’s Underwater imprint – entitled ‘Ya Self’. ‘Ya Self’ - a distinctive, twisted groove, locked tight around a casual, lazy assed, vocal chant, became a massive fixture with DJs across the board and signalled the start of a new musical direction for Mutiny…
Into 2003 and Mutiny mixed the second in the series of the Underwater compilations alongside Darren Emerson. ‘Underwater: Episode 2’ showcased the boy’s dirty, sexy house music to perfection… 2003 also saw them DJ all over the UK and the world, including all the festivals that count and being a heavy fixture on Underwater’s world tour and Ibiza season.
In October 2004 Mutiny are set to release their second long player “Yada Yada” – to be released on Underwater. The album, which took two years to make, sees the Brixton based, London duo’s style move forwards and mix it up with sexy, jackin’ house players, a ragga flavoured cut (“Dem Girls” feat Sweetie Irie) and deep, soulful urban grooves. It’s not just dirty club tracks; it’s also a song-based album, featuring vocals from Sweetie Irie, Robert Owens, Natasha Brice, Lorraine Cato, Amrit and Mutiny themselves… It’s influenced by what Mutiny play, where they’ve played, the music they’ve been exposed to, and grown into. The album doesn’t conform to any one style but combines all styles into their style - Mutiny style.