Dusky came armed with a bag full of house bangers capable of detonating dancefloors from here to Hiroshima. But success was a long time coming for the duo, who met at a Camden sixth form college almost 10 years ago and have been making music in some shape or form ever since. While their debut album, ‘Stick By This’ landed at the tail-end of 2011 on Anjunadeep, it was 2012 that really saw Dusky come to the fore.
“We started to get played by people across the board, from Pete Tong and Toddla T to Loefah on Rinse FM,” says Alfie, referring to ‘Flo Jam’ which proved what a fertile breeding ground there was for cross-pollination in 2012.
“We were making d’n’b and garage back in college,” chips in Nick, “but we deliberated about releasing things for years.”
Alongside peers Disclosure, Mosca and Huxley, Dusky encapsulated the sound of 2012: garage coupled with sweet vocals and tough house beats.
And their impact didn’t go unnoticed, with remixes for Hot Chip and Above & Beyond, shows at Jamie Jones’ night Paradise at DC10 and a coveted Essential Mix on Radio 1.
And with 2013 on the horizon, Dusky’s thoughts turn to a second album. “Hopefully we’ll have some ideas and get in the studio, but it’s quite tense getting everything perfect so we’ll wait and see when it gets out,” says Alfie, aware that 2012 will be quite a hard act to follow.
DUSKY'S HIGHLIGHTS OF 2012
This slice of pure house music joy paved the way for a year that saw snap-backed rude boys ditch dubstep for house and garage in droves.
Radio 1 Essential Mix
The duo got dance music’s ultimate stamp of approval with a seamless mix of the
old and new
Justin Martin ‘Don’t Go’ (Dusky remix)
While they also had high-profile remix work for Hot Chip and Above & Beyond, it was their transformation of Justin Martin’s house roller into dancefloor dynamite that showed what Dusky could do