deft: music to... cycle through feeling settled and unsettled

Deft goes into the mix.

by James Hutchins and i-D Staff
13 April 2016, 11:33pm

Croydon dude Yip Wong aka Deft has been bubbling away on the low for some time now. He seems to be able to lend his versatile hand to many styles of music and as LL Cool J probably once said about him, he's doin' it well.

From footwork to hip hop, halfstep drum and bass, even through to more techno and house lead offerings, Deft has got it all in the locker. Starting off life his musical career as a drummer, the musician drifted away from the dubstep scene that the town was so synonymous with and establish his own signature style.

With releases on the likes of Project Mooncircle, Space Hardware, Rwina, Brownwood and WotNot, Deft makes his debut on Ivy Lab's 20/20 LDN label. The Blackest EP shows off darker edge of the producers sword, with three intricate, bass-laden cuts inspired by his love of the early beats scene.

Now, we welcome Deft into the mix for i-D. Keeping you on your toes in constant flux between feeling settled and unsettled, the mix journeys through ambient vibes, head nodding hip hop instrumentals, groove-laden house, and gritty jungle. Turn it up.

Music to shift your mood from staying in to staying up all night...
Ruff Sqwad, Underground

Music for fiery arguments and emotional goodbyes...
Ólafur Arnalds & Nils Frahm, Stare

Music to kiss and make up to...
Bobby Caldwell, Cat In The Hat

Music to heal a broken heart...
Jeffrecloose, Romantic Remedy

Music to get high to...
Fred P, The Incredible Adventures Of Captain P

Music to change your night from mediocre to magnificent...
Funkineven, Dreams

Music to take a long drive to...
Oneohtrix Point Never, Rifts

Music to walk down the aisle to...
D.K., Island of Dreams

Music you'd like played at your funeral...
Jon Brion, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind OST

Music to have sex to...
The Internet, Ego Death

Music to celebrate your birthday to...
Brassfoot, Serpentina's Drums (KMFH Edit)

Music guaranteed to give you serious swagger...
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Pinata

Music to make even the wallflowers dance...
Mzo Bullet, Casablanca

Music to play at the afterparty when it's 6am and the sun is beginning to rise...
Leon Vynehall, Time

Music that could put even an insomniac to sleep...
Grouper, The Man Who Died In His Boat

Playstation Intro
Disasterpiece - The Mirror in the Attic
Deft - The Trivial Man
TFC - E5 42 CC 3C 83 3D A0 76 DE 90 E4 CB 49 99 C9 9F C5 48 7A A8 2F 34 1F BC
Lorn - Broken Mantra
Ital Tek - Reflection Through Destruction
Soccer96 - Sirius (Twin Star)
Zed Bias - Birth of the Nanocloud Scene 1
Doc Daneeka - What's It Gonna Be (Feat. Seven Davis Jr) (Andrés Remix)
Lord RAJA - Renaissance Endo
Eddie Beatz - Bong (Howie Lee Edit)
Sango - Rather Be With You
J.D. Reid - Cannon
Mr Oizo - Rubber (Flying Lotus Unprotected Sex Mix) (Deft Edit)
Sully - Arco
2200 - Outlaw
Golda Panda - Polic
Joseph Petersen - A Lesson Before Dying
Unknown - Phonemica
Deft x Tehbis x Touchy Subject - Sesame Street
Millie & Andrea - Corrosive
Mala - Miracles (Deft Remix)
OL - Diamond Head
James Pants - Diamond Head
Deft - Cat Like Thief
Deft - Portharbour
Deft x Tehbis x Touchy Subject - Sesame Street (Deft Remix)

Ivy Lab
20/20 ldn