Chris Watson is a staple of the SE London music scene. When he’s not working behind the scenes at Peckham’s Rye Wax, or releasing gems on his West Friends label, he’s making heady dance music alongside his fellow namesake Chris Coupe under the guise of FYI Chris. No stranger to exploring the vast realms of house music – just peep his releases under the latter alias for the likes of Rhythm Section, Banoffee Pies and Eclipse Tribes – Watson now makes his first solo debut as Nowt.
A collection of four tracks that touch on the styles and characteristics heard in Watson’s collaborative work, High Street – which finds its place on Will Hofbauer’s Third Place imprint – is a melange of bouncy drums, dreamy pads and twinkling melodies. Our pick, opener ‘Polestar’, has been getting a bit of love over the last few years already. Getting an exclusive play on Bradley Zero’s BBC Essential Mix back in 2020, the track layers a hip-hop vocal sample over drum breaks, lush pads and a warm bass groove.
High Street drops on 10th June via Third Place.