Zed Bias is the main musical alter-ego of the Manchester based producer Dave Jones. One of the founders of breakbeat garage, the prolific and innovative Jones is also well known under his Maddslinky moniker as a forefather of dubstep. Bringing soul and dancefloor heat to everything he touches, his unmistakable productions have made him a lynchpin of the UK club sound for over a decade. His many other pseudonyms include Phuturistix, Henchmen, Daluq, Talissman, Ruffcut Bias, Nu Design, 7 Wonders, Dekata Project and Strontium Dog – just some of the names under which he has recorded over the years, as himself or in collaboration with others.
This many aliases have enabled Jones to experiment, collaborate, and duck and weave through different scenes; but the twin constants throughout his career have been the Maddslinky and Zed Bias projects, which are ever-developing entities, Maddslinky exploring deeper underground territory and Zed Bias delivering the out-and-out club bangers every time.
In 2000 Jones entered the Official UK Singles Chart as Zed Bias with the “Neighbourhood” single, widely regarded as one of the all time classic UK Garage tracks. The first full Zed Bias LP ‘Experiments With Biasonics’ came out in 2007, gaining immense acclaim and cementing the Zed Bias name at the forefront of the club scene.
With expectations running high for more Zed Bias magic, Autumn 2011 brought the release of Biasonic Hotsauce – Birth of The Nanocloud, the eagerly-awaited second LP. This ‘all killer, no filler’ album distils and reworks a wide spectrum of club styles, from house to R’n’B, dancehall to dubstep to UK Bass/Funky, gaining early radio play and support from BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac, Benji B, Mista Jam, Rob da Bank and more, plus reams of positive coverage including Clash, Pitchfork, BBC Music, URB and Resident Advisor. Guests include Skream, Mark Pritchard, Toddla T, Falty DL, Sam Frank, MdCL, Dynamite MC and more; the album was preceded on 29th August by the double A-side single “Fairplay” / “Phoneline”, featuring Jenna G (Chase & Status) and Rosco Trim (Dawn Raid), respectively, a single which is enjoying continuing support in all the right places. Also setting this LP apart from the crowd, the bespoke artwork was created by comic world legend Boo Cook of Judge Dredd/Marvel Comics fame.
The album is part of a longer story, ‘Biasonic Hotsauce’, a concept upon which the next three Zed Bias LPs will be based, and the skits, which pepper the album, give snapshots of this narrative.
Head over to the Maddslinky page for full biog on this true legend of the UK club scene.