Joker (musician)

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Joker
Birth name Liam McLean
Born (1989-01-30) 30 January 1989 (age 28)
Bristol, England, UK
Genres
Occupation(s)
Years active 2007 - present
Labels

Liam McLean (born 30 January 1989),[1][2] better known by his stage name Joker, is a British record producer[3][4] who creates music in genres such as dubstep and grime and was known for creating the subgenre "Purple sound".[5] He was named "2009 king of bass music" by XLR8R Magazine[6] and was featured in the September 2009 issue of The Wire magazine.[7] He has contributed to two releases produced by the London-based record company Hyperdub.[8][9] He also runs his own label known as Kapsize Recordings.[10] His debut album The Vision was released on October 31, 2011 through independent label 4AD. His sophomore LP The Mainframe was released on February 16, 2015 through his own Kapsize imprint.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • The Vision (4AD, 2011)
  • The Mainframe (Kapsize, 2015)

Singles & EPs[edit]

  • Kapsize EP (Earwax, 2007)
  • "Holly Brook Park" / "80's" (Kapsize, 2008)
  • "Play Doe" / "Tempered" (Joker & Rustie / Rustie) (Kapsize, 2008)
  • "3K Lane" / "Modem" (Jakes vs Joker / Jakes) (H.E.N.C.H / Terrorhythm, 2008)
  • "Snake Eater" / "Move Dis" (Joker / TRG) (Soul Motive, 2008)
  • Top of the Game EP (Terrorhythm, 2008)
  • "Do It" / "Psychedelic Runway" (Kapsize, 2009)
  • "Digidesign" / "You Don't Know What Love Is" (Joker / 2000F & J Kamata) (Hyperdub, 2009)
  • "Purple City" / "Re-Up" (with Ginz) (Kapsize, 2009)
  • "Untitled_rsn"[a] (Tectonic, 2009)
  • Hyperdub 5.2 EP (Joker & Ginz / Zomby / Samiyam) (Hyperdub, 2009)
  • "City Hopper" / "Output 1-2" (Tectonic, 2009)
  • "Tron" (Kapsize, 2010)
  • Gully Goon Estate EP (with Terror Danjah & Illmana) (Hardrive, 2011)
  • "The Vision (Let Me Breathe)"[b] (featuring Jessie Ware & Freddie Gibbs) (4AD, 2011)
  • "Slaughter House"[c] (featuring Silas of Turboweekend) (4AD, 2011)
  • The Vision Instrumentals (4AD, 2011)
  • "On My Mind" (featuring William Cartwright) (Goldie & Rustie mixes) (4AD, 2011)
  • "Lost" (featuring Buggsy & Otis Brown) (incl. Redlight Remix) (4AD, 2012)
  • "Skitta" / "I Think You Should Know" (featuring Newham Generals) (Kapsize, 2012)
  • "Old Era" (Kapsize, 2012)
  • Face Off EP (Kapsize, 2013)
  • Headtop EP (Kapsize, 2014)
  • "Midnight" (Kapsize, 2014)
  • The Phoenix EP (Kapsize, 2016)
  • XXIV Bit EP (Kapsize, 2016)
Notes
  1. ^ from Tectonic Plates Volume 2 compilation album
  2. ^ album version does not feature Freddie Gibbs; single also includes the instrumental version
  3. ^ formerly known as "Here Come the Lights", as seen on vinyl edition

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Twitter /Joker: Why am I waking up so late on my birthday". Twitter. 2014-01-30. 
  2. ^ "Dubstep Music: Here to remind you why it's cool to have ears". Tumblr. 2010. Retrieved 2014-01-30. 
  3. ^ Reynolds, Simon (2010-01-11). "Simon Reynolds' Notes on the noughties: Grime and dubstep – a noise you could believe in". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  4. ^ "Joker (5)". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  5. ^ Jones, Charlie. "The Dummy guide to purple". www.dummymag.com. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  6. ^ "XLR8R's Favorites of 2009". XLR8R. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  7. ^ Thorne, Julian Cowley,David Stubbs,Clive Bell,Biba Kopf,Lisa Blanning,Daniel Neilson,Joseph Stannard,Matt. "The Wire 307". The Wire Magazine - Adventures In Modern Music. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  8. ^ "VARIOUS / HYPERDUB - 5: Five Years of Hyperdub". Boomkat. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  9. ^ ""Digidesign" by Joker Review | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2016-12-08. 
  10. ^ "KAPSIZE RECORDINGS - About | Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-12-08.