Pearson Sound

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David Kennedy, professionally known as Pearson Sound, is an electronic dance music producer and DJ based in London. His style is a combination of house, dubstep, UK funky, UK garage and oldschool jungle.


Working under the Pearson Sound alias since 2008, Kennedy has released several acclaimed singles, including 'Blanked',[1] 'Deep Inside' and 'Thaw Cycle'. He has completed remixes for artists such as Radiohead, Depeche Mode, the XX, Disclosure and MIA, on labels such as XL, Warner Brothers and Columbia.[2] He was voted by the public as one of Resident Advisor's top 100 DJs in the world in both 2010 and 2011.[3]

In 2007, he founded the record label Hessle Audio with Ben Thomson (Ben UFO) and Kevin McAuley (Pangaea). Since then, Hessle Audio have been featured regularly in major dance music publications,[4][5] as well as touring across the world[6]

Kennedy released his debut self-titled album in 2015 on Hessle Audio.[7] The album was well received critically and scored 8.1 from the website Pitchfork.[8] His most recent single 'XLB' was voted as the 2nd best track of 2016 by Resident Advisor.[9]

Kennedy makes regular appearances on BBC Radio 1 who describe him as a 'key figure in the [UK Bass] scene'[10] as well as co-hosting a weekly show on London's Rinse FM.[11]

Aside from DJing and producing, Kennedy also runs a vinyl-only club night called Acectate at the popular Leeds nightclub Wire .



  • 'Pearson Sound' Hessle Audio (2015)


  • 'Rubble' (2018)
  • 'XLB' (2016)
  • 'Thaw / Freeze Cycle' (2015)
  • 'Raindrops' (2014)[12]
  • 'Starburst' (2013)
  • 'REM EP' (2013)
  • 'Untitled / Footloose' (2012)
  • 'Clutch EP' (2012)
  • 'Deep Inside / Working With' (2011)


  1. ^ "Top 100 singles of 2010". Fact Magazine. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Discogs: Pearson Sound". discogs. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Top 100 DJs of 2011". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  4. ^ Carnes, Richard. "Label of the month: Hessle Audio". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Label Focus: Hessle Audio", Mixmag, Patrick Hinton 14 November 2016
  6. ^ "Hessle Audio goes on tour". XLR8R. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Pearson Sound: Pearson Sound | Album Review". The Irish Times, Chris Jones, 14 March 2015
  8. ^ Gaerig, Andrew. "Pearson Sound review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  9. ^ "RA Poll: Top 50 tracks of 2016". Resident Adviser. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  10. ^ "BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix". BBC. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  11. ^ "Hessle Audio: Rinse FM". Rinse FM. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  12. ^ "Review: Pearson Sound, 'Pearson Sound'. NPR, 17 March 2015

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