London-based artist Sherelle has long been one of the most accomplished DJs in the genres of footwork and jungle, and late last year she turned some heads by including one of her own productions in her Essential Mix. Many people were waiting for the day she would finally release something on her own in an official capacity, and it has finally arrived in the form of “160 Down the A406.”
As a DJ, her sets and mixes are usually filled with high-energy, frenetic jungle tunes so it comes as a bit of a surprise that her first single is more on the mellow side of things, reminiscent of something you might hear in an old mix by LTJ Bukem or 4Hero but with a more modern twist. Despite that initial shock, upon multiple listens it sinks in as an incredibly high-quality song that vastly exceeds any reasonable expectations for an artist’s debut.
Sherelle had a major 2020—she launched the label Hooversound Recordings alongside co-founder Naina and she won Essential Mix of the Year—and as she marks her official debut as a producer, her 2021 is primed to be even bigger.
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