16bit (band)

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16bit
OriginLondon, England
GenresDubstep, electronica
Years active2007–2011
LabelsMTA
Associated actsChase and Status, Björk, Noisia, Amon Tobin
MembersEddie Jefferys
Jason Morrison.[1]

16bit were an electronic music duo, 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 composed of Eddie Jefferys from South London and Jason Morrison from Bath, Somerset. Both became interested in electronic music at an early age, citing jungle, 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" 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 and Morrison went to Brooklyn where they 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 Jefferys 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] They produced the single "At Your Inconvenience" from the eponymous album of Professor Green.[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.

In 2010, their track 'Jump' was featured in the Nike commercial 'Hit The Target'.[10][11]

16bit won 'Best Mix' at the 2010 Dubstep Forum Awards for their 'Milky Pie Mix' and came second top in the Best Producer category.[12] 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.[13]

Eddie Jefferys has since released music under the alias "Moody Good". He released his debut album with MTA Records and OWSLA on 2 June 2014.[14] Jefferys also produced a single for the rap group Foreign Beggars entitled "Anywhere", provided additional production for the Chase & Status track "Gangsta Boogie" and remixed Yogi's single featuring Pusha T 'Burial'.[15]

Jason Morrison was also working on his own solo project known as The 13,[16] but he eventually decided to retire the project. He is currently working under the alternative alias "jaswan", which he has released solo music on Bandcamp as, and has all of his tracks listed on SoundCloud and Spotify.[17]

Discography[edit]

Albums and EPs[edit]

  • Put Ya Dirt Inside/Ford Fiesta (10") (2008) [Destpub]
  • PCP/President Of Europe (12") (2008) [Urban Essentials]
  • In The Death Car EP (12") (2008) [Boka Records]
  • Texaco (12") (2009) [Veri Lo Records]
  • Cobra/Jump/Can You Show Me What Head Is (12") (2009) [Southside Dubstars]
  • Swine Flu/What Time Is It? (12") (2009) [Audio Freaks]
  • The Tale Of The Exploding Fist EP (12") (2009) [Southside Dubstars]
  • Serum (12") (2009) [Mindset]
  • FRZR9000/Skullcrack (12") (2010) [MTA Records]
  • Panic (12") (2010) [Heavy Artillery]
  • Chainsaw Calligraphy EP (12") (2010) [Boka Records]
  • 16 Bit Edition 1 (12") (2011) [Together As One]
  • 16 Bit Edition 2 (12") (2011) [Together As One]
  • Dinosaurs/Boston Cream (12") (2011) [MTA Records]

Remixes[edit]

  • Plan B – "She Said"
  • Torqux – "Relentless"
  • SKisM – "The Blank"
  • Propatingz feat. Dakini – "Babylons Scared"
  • Noisia – "Machine Gun"
  • Professor Green – "Jungle"
  • Borgore – "Foes"
  • Kissy Sellout – "Garden Friends"
  • Amon Tobin – "Surge"
  • Chase & Status – "Hitz"
  • Björk – "Hollow"
  • Björk – "Mutual Core"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Teh, Terence (December 2011). "16 Bit". Dazed & Confused: 76.
  2. ^ "Moody Good listing" Archived 29 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine Entry on record company website listing Jeffrey's previous work for the label. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  3. ^ "The Stranger Music review - 16 Bit : "Chainsaw Calligraphy"". Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 13 July 2011.
  4. ^ Lilt Line soundtrack
  5. ^ bjork - biophilia remix series 6
  6. ^ "Björk's Album 'Biophilia' Up for Two Grammy Awards". Iceland Naturally. Archived from the original on 1 January 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
  7. ^ Down, Lauren (19 November 2012). ""I'll probably end up being a teacher or something, let's face it": Best Fit meets Björk". The Line Best Fit.
  8. ^ "Professor Green - At Your Inconvenience". Discogs. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  9. ^ Trackitdown - NOISIA / 16BIT SOUNDTRACK NEW TRANSFORMERS TRAILER!
  10. ^ Nike Hit the Target with Rooney and Torres
  11. ^ Nike’s Hit the Target
  12. ^ Juno Plus - Dubstep forum award winners
  13. ^ Inglese, Elizabeth (3 June 2014). "Moody Good's Debut Album (and an Exclusive Remix)". Vogue.com. Archived from the original on 26 August 2014.
  14. ^ "MTA Publishing". Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  15. ^ YOGI ft. Pusha T - "Burial (Moody Good Remix)"
  16. ^ "The 13". www.longclothing.com. Archived from the original on 22 July 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  17. ^ "Ableton Month - "LFO Stereo Trippy Space Rocket" FX Racks - Jason Morrison aka Jaswan". Pyramind. Retrieved 8 February 2017.

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