Fresh Kicks 72: Coco Bryce

Fresh Kicks 72: Coco Bryce

Coco Bryce has been DJing since 1995, so it is perhaps unusual that he would feature in a mix series …

Coco Bryce has been DJing since 1995, so it is perhaps unusual that he would feature in a mix series geared toward emerging artists. However, it is only in the past few years, with the launch of his peerless Myor label, that the the Breda, Netherlands-based artist has been thrust to new heights. And deservedly so.  

Developing a love for all things hardcore,breakbeat, dnb, gabber and jungle from a young age,  he has gone on to become somewhat of a master of the craft, known for his versatile, untethered sets and a prolific catalog of productions with enough unique flair to knock you straight to the floor. When asked about his devotion to those styles in a world where house and techno increasingly dominate the spotlight, he is pointed and passionate…

“It’s the energy I guess,” he says. “Also the fact that you can throw so many different types of influences into it. You can lift samples and get ideas from such a wide variety of sources, yet if done properly, you can still make it sound like a hardcore tune. Good luck doing that when you’re trying to make minimal techno! And with jungle in particular, there are seemingly countless ways to program rhythms. At the end of the day though, for me, it’s usually not about trying rationalise why I like something, it’s basically always a gut feeling. It either catches my attention or it doesn’t.”

Myor was originally launched in 2005 for one release, but it was only from 2009 that it started to grow into the prolific beast that is today. A champion of his contemporaries and rising figures in the scene from FFF and Kloke, Bryce and his label have been going from strength to strength. It was with that growth that Coco Bryce has found his name on more club and festival bills than ever before, and with no signs of slowing down anytime soon, it felt like as good a time as any to catch up with him and ask him for a mix.

“It’s a blend of old, new and forthcoming/unreleased tunes,” he says of the supercharged, hypnotic mix. “Not too many ‘big anthem’ type jams. And I didn’t want to stick to just one vibe either, so I tried to make it flow from slightly melancholic, atmospheric, then into darker territory, and closing off with a spot of shameless hands in the air, piano infused blue mitsubishi gurnage.”

Check out the mix below along with a Q&A to help you get to know the Dutch jungle wizard.

Fresh Kicks 72: Coco Bryce