Behind some of the illest hip-hop beats around, sits a diminutive London producer named Budgie. Immersed in his dad’s record store (not a big deal, just Honest Jon’s) from an early age, his musical upbringing was a healthy and diverse one. Now part of London’s Livin’ Proof family, his productions have been rapped over by Action Bronson, Domo Genesis, Blu, ItsNate and PiffGang, while his own gospel sampling is also responsible for inspiring a beat on Yeezus.
Breaking away to occupy a record solely by himself, Budgie’s latest EP finds a home on Theo Parrish’s Wildheart Records. Spilling with funk, hip-hop and soul, the self-titled beat tape would easily sit alongside most Stones Throw releases and is available from all good record stores and online outlets (including Honest Jon’s). Before taking to Ace Hotel this week with Livin’ Proof for the Boxfresh 25th Anniversary, Budie has rummaged through Soundcloud to pick out some favourites in the first of our new series. Keeping his cards close, Budgie’s comments on the tracks was simple: “I dunno what to say about these tracks except theres a few by me and the rest are by my friends”. That’ll do nicely.
Boxfresh x Livin’ Proof @ Ace Hotel, Thu 31st July. RSVP only: email@example.com.