Rewind to any era in pop cultural history and Brighton is sat there in the footnotes unapologetically waggling its sticks of rock in your face. Pink Floyd debuted ‘Dark Side’ in the city’s famous Dome. ABBA smashed Eurovision with ‘Waterloo’ in the same venue just two years later. Punk bubbled up from the tomb-filled Vaults. Acid house fizzed through the walls of The Zap. Every era, any era… From the infamous mods and rockers seafront beef of ‘64 to Fatboy Slim’s legendary Big Beach Boutique parties throughout the 2000s, the famous English town has changed more lives musically than most UK seafronts put together.
Lives like Ryan Hurley’s. A man known to you or I as Kideko, at age 12 he was reluctantly dragged to Fatboy’s third Big Beach Boutique by his mum. A pop punk fan more into sneaking a bash on his uncle’s drumkit than cutting shapes to kick-ass 4/4s, he had no idea what impact the gig would have on him and his outlook on music. A dancefloor convert anointed on the pebbles right then, right there: he made it his mission to know what is what. 10 years later Fatboy is inviting Kideko and his mate George Kwali to his house for tea and joining him in the booth at one of Ibiza’s most prestigious clubs, Amnesia.
Mr Slim isn’t the only big name supporter who likes to crank Kideko jams. Gorgon City, Oliver Heldens, Pete Tong, Annie Mac, MistaJam, Danny Howard, Toddla T and many more subscribe to his signature rolling, bulbous, feel good, rhythmically-rich house music. Laced with enough low-end for the underground, charged with big hooks for the charts and precision jacked for any size of crowd, both Kideko’s productions, and his DJ sets, are sculpted in such a way they can shred up the most intimate club or festival. He and George Kwali are currently hosting some of Brighton’s best parties, drawing a new generation of South Coast clubbers to nights at the city’s famous venue The Arch, while farther afield he’s playing to tens of thousands at Lovebox, Creamfields, Tramlines, Boundary, and festivals beyond.
This has been the case since 2014 when Kideko emerged into UK house music consciousness with the garage-infused bass-heavy ‘On & On’, a record the hugely respected Bristol act Icarus felt strong enough to launch their own label Fly Boy. Complete with support from tastemaker curators SubSoul, Kideko has since followed his debut with a series of significant and heavily played hits; his Technotronic-riffing ‘The Jam’ made many people’s days throughout 2015 while ‘Crank It’ (with George Kwali, Nadia Rose and Sweetie Irie) caused commotions on the underground and the UK top 40 throughout 2016, hitting 31 and scoring them a place on UK music institution BBC’s Top Of The Pops.
In among these major moments in Kideko’s rapid rise to prominence he’s also unleashed uncompromised dark grooves with fellow new breed artists Apres and Kove and remixed the likes of Sub Focus, The Magician, Snakehips, Imany, John Newman and Off Bloom. Each collab and remix adding deeper stripes to his sonic CV, broadening his palette and attracting more shows across Europe.
Meanwhile in 2017 two of the most momentous Kideko cuts so far have dropped: ‘Dum Dum’ is his most uplifting, infectious track to date. His second high-profile single on Ministry Of Sound, its Latin-blooded pianos, African percussion, samba vocals and latent sense of funk have soundtracked the summer from the airwaves to the al frescos. This new instrumental follows his Rinse-released ‘Burning Up’ with Friend Within, a staple set-peaking bass jacker for all discerning gully connoisseurs that’s also playlisted at Radio 1.
The second Annie Mac-approved Hottest Record In The World in less than a year, ‘Dum Dum’ taps into both the party-minded aesthetic of Southern Fried (another Brighton institution) and Kideko’s deepest influences. The Paul Johnson records he’d hear at family BBQs, the videos he’d see of Basement Jaxx monkeying around on MTV, the Arman Van Helden records on the radio. The dominant sound of house jacking throughout his 2000s upbringing had just as much influence as Brighton’s creatively encouraging stomping ground… ‘Dum Dum’ brings us all up to speed on everything that makes Kideko tick. Where he lives, what he loves, where he’s at, where he’s been and where he wants to go.
Make no mistake: Kideko’s journey is only just beginning. And if he’s accomplished all this within three years as an active artist, just imagine where he’ll be in the future.