16bit

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This article is about the British musical duo. For 16-bit in computer architecture, see 16-bit. For the era of computer gaming commonly referred to as "16-bit", see History of video game consoles (fourth generation). For the 1980s German Eurodance project of the same name, see Snap!.
16bit
Origin London, United Kingdom
Genres Dubstep
Years active 2007–2011
Labels MTA
Associated acts Chase and Status, Björk, Noisia, Amon Tobin
Past members Eddie Jefferys
Jason Morrison

16bit were an electronic music and production duo from London, UK, consisting of Eddie Jefferys and Jason Morrison.[1] They were signed to Chase & Status' MTA Records,[2] and best known for their work with Björk.

Biography[edit]

16bit were Eddie Jeffreys from South London and Jason Morrison from Ashford, Kent. Both became interested in electronic music at an early age, citing jungle, trance and garage as their main influences.[1] They were best known for producing dubstep and made their debut release in January 2008 with In The Death Car EP featuring the track "Chainsaw Calligraphy" which was recognised for its innovative qualities at the time.[3]

Fourteen of 16bit's songs were used as the soundtrack for the iOS and WiiWare video game Lilt Line.[4]

The duo co-produced "Crystalline", Björk's first single off her 2011 album Biophilia, and "Mutual Core" off Björk's 2011 album Biophilia. They subsequently remixed both "Mutual Core" and "Hollow".[1][5] The album was nominated for two Grammy awards.[6] Jefferys went to Brooklyn where he worked with the artist for a week. Björk explained that "I was really torn about whether to use their version of ‘Hollow’ on the album. Their beats for ‘Crystalline’ and ‘Mutual Core’ made it on there, but in the end ‘Hollow’ wound up on the remix album". While Jeffrey said of the collaboration that "working with such abstract time signatures was definitely a strange mix of confusing and enjoyable. She has been so successful without compromising her music or herself.”[7] British rapper Professor Green announced via Twitter that 16bit were to produce his single "At Your Inconvenience".[8] In 2012, the duo had also produced the track "I am the Narrator" from Plan B's third studio album iLL Manors.

Their 2010 remix of Noisia's "Machine Gun" was used in a trailer and various TV spots for Transformers: Dark of the Moon.[9] The remix was also used in the trailer for Far Cry 3.

16bit won 'Best Mix' at the 2010 Dubstep Forum Awards for their 'Milky Pie Mix' and came second top in the Best Producer category.[10] Although they stated that the intention was to release a full-length album, it never materialised.[1] In mid-2012, the duo split to pursue solo production careers for unknown reasons. Jefferys relocated to Chicago.[11]

Eddie Jefferys is currently working under the alias Moody Good and released his debut album with MTA Records and OWSLA on 2 June 2014.[12] Jefferys also produced a single for the rap group Foreign Beggars entitled "Anywhere" and provided additional production for the Chase & Status track "Gangsta Boogie VIP".

Discography[edit]

Albums and EPs[edit]

  • In The Death Car EP (12") (2008)
  • Cobra/Jump/Can You Show Me What Head Is (12") (2009)
  • Swine Flu (12") (2009)
  • The Tale Of The Exploding Fist EP (12") (2009)
  • Panic (12") (2010)
  • Chainsaw Calligraphy EP (12") (2010)
  • 16 Bit Edition 1 (12") (2011)
  • 16 Bit Edition 2 (12") (2011)
  • FRZR9000/Skullcrack (12") (2011)
  • Dinosaurs/Boston Cream (12") (2011)

Remixes[edit]

  • Plan B - "She Said"
  • Torqux - "Relentless"
  • SKiSM - "The Blank"
  • Propatingz feat. Dakini - "Babylons Scared"
  • Noisia - "Machine Gun"
  • Professor Green - "Jungle"
  • Amon Tobin - "Surge"
  • Chase & Status - "Hitz"
  • Björk - "Hollow"
  • Björk - "Mutual Core"

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