Since its first night in March 2013, Boxed has helped cultivate a generation of instrumental grime. Inspired by the raw talent coming through in 2012 and driven by the lack of club spaces to play it in, Slackk, Mr. Mitch, Oil Gang and Logos’s clubnight has hosted rooms at Fabric, Plastic People, The Troxy and Birthdays, and is set to embark on its first tour later this year. Some of electronic music’s most crucial producers - Mumdance, Finn, Murlo, JT the Goon, Yamaneko and many more - have found a second home of sorts in Boxed, and the residents were amongst the first people championing their music.
People have talked about “the Boxed sound”, but key to Boxed’s success is the range of sounds found at the club night: you’re as likely to hear peak-time anthems by Trends and Spooky as you are mediative experiments by Sharp Veins. For the first 12” on the Boxed label, they showcase the breadth of styles that the night represents. Slackk and Dullah Beatz’ contemplative ‘Forest Walk’ is the polar opposite of Lloyd SB’s stripped back banger ‘X Out’, while Trends’ monstrous ‘Old Skool 2’ refix seems to share little join common with Spokes’ ‘Tragedy in the Jasmine Garden’. But all have been road-tested at Boxed and become crowd favourites - at both the club night and on this release, they make perfect sense together.