With an eclectic style that encompassed everything from lush house and two-step garage to dubstep and minimal techno, Bristol-born DJ and producer Hugh Pescod became a potent force in the U.K. charts in the early 2010s. Raised on the thriving '90s Bristol electronic scene, Pescod started out in music under the alias DJ Clipz, recording a slew of well-received drum'n'bass singles and founding the Audio Zoo label. After ten years in the d'n'b game, he decided it was time for a change and set up the Redlight alias to explore other styles with which he had experimented in the studio throughout the years, determining simply to make music that he liked with no commercial pressures or expectations.
Deliberately attempting to avoid being pigeonholed, he set out to make no two tracks in the same style, which initially confused audiences but earned him plaudits from fans of many different genres, as did his penchant for collaborating with a wide variety of guest vocalists. Debuting with the Lobster Boy EP in 2009, he first began to receive mainstream attention with his electro-themed 2010 single "What You Talking About?" featuring Ms. Dynamite. Signing to Universal in 2012, his first taste of chart success came with the garagey track "Get Out My Head," which entered the U.K. charts at number 18. Its follow-up, the '90s throwback "Lost in Your Love," was an even bigger hit, going to number five. He spent most of 2013 DJing, recording, and playing live, releasing only one single, "Switch It Off," that year. Early 2014 saw the release of the 36 EP, which true to form featured a variety of styles; the title track, featuring Lotti, was a lush house number, while "Get Money" featured Wu-Tang Clan's Raekwon rapping over a minimal techno track that could have come straight from Richie Hawtin's Minus stable. ~ John D. Buchanan, Rovi
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