Take 5 with Rhythm Section Intl.

Hailing from Peckham, Rhythm Section International has cemented its forefront position as a UK staple and also garners respect on an international level, merited not just through the music it releases, but also for its wildly popular NTS radio show and famous parties alike.

Bradley Zero’s desire to put out music he wasn’t hearing elsewhere led to the birth of the label, starting with Al Dobson Junior’s debut album, Sounds From The Village Vol. 1 back in 2014. Over the past half a decade, the imprint has spotlighted artists and elevated them to a global scale, aiding the breakthrough of massive talents like Henry Wu and Chaos In The CBD.

Recently, the imprint celebrated its fifth birthday, marking the occasion by a huge 36 track compilation, SHOUTS, which encapsulates the past and present sounds of the label. Mirroring their ethos to expose and cultivate new talents, the compilation amplifies fresh and exciting artists, alongside more well-known producers like Desert Sound Colony and Session Victim.

Albeit dependent on how the international pandemic plays out, you can join in with the celebrations on the SHOUTS tour, but in the meantime, enjoy the following selection as the five label heads sat down with us to Take 5…

1. Duke Hugh - Zöe (Rhythm Section INTL)

"I’ve been sat on this one a long time. It was part of a ‘beat a day’ project he’d been sharing on instagram. I heard it and it stopped me in my tracks. Unaware of the context or track name at the time,  I said  this sounded like a musical distillation  of unconditional love.  He went on to tell me that it was written for his new born baby girl, Zoe. The intention, however abstract, shone through brightly." - Bradley Zero, Label Founder & DJ

2. Silentjay x Jace XL - Brisvegas (Rhythm Section INTL)

"This was the first RS release I ever worked on -  listening back to it now makes me feel so nostalgic for that summer, I still remember all the words. I was blasting this one for months <3" - Anu, Former Label Manager

3. Kay Suzuki X Z Lovecraft - Juno Psycle (Rhythm Section INTL)

"So this track is close to my heart, not just as I helped make it but it has cemented a fantastic relationship with Kay. The process of making the track gave me the confidence to pursue my musical ideas at full tilt, and Kay’s endearing character can be heard in the melodies I wrote. I can’t remember exactly when this was written, but fairly early in our studio’s history: at the time we happened to have not one but 2 Roland Juno Synths on our mega synth stand, and practically the whole track is a rare MFB drum machine, LOTs of Juno action (106 / 60) and some vital herb-sourced inspiration!" - Mali, Head of Creative & Events Manager

4. The Colours That Rise - Deep Space (Rhythm Section INTL)

"Its always a pleasure to work with such an array of talented people on the label, buts it an absolute privilege to work with two people who have such a powerful vision for their project. Aesthetically and sonically one of my favourites - ideal for the late night chillers x" - Emily Hill, Assistant & Head Compiler

5. 30/70 - Push & Pull (Rhythm Section INTL)

"This is a track from 30/70’s second album with us ‘Fluid Motion’ that came out last summer. Every time I hear this song it fills me with complete JOY and warmth and takes me straight to sunnier times. It never fails to make me smile! Out to 30/70 for making the most beautiful music! So much love for these guys and the community they’ve built over in Melbourne. This record is no doubt some of the best music coming out of that scene and Aus more broadly. If your quarantini needs brightening up, look no further." - Amelia Sharp, Social Media Manager & Label Assistant