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The Illuminated is a crew consisting of Dyzz, Rebus & Vence.
"Few facts about the origins of dubstep are widely accepted - but two or three stand out in my mind as certainties.
The fact that the sound originated from South London. The fact that labels like Big Apple, DMZ and Tempa were crucial in supporting (and circulating the sounds of) the first producers making what has become known as dubstep. Last, but definitely not least, the fact that the sound we now know and love grew from the intersection of genres like dub/ reggae, grime and garage (to name a few) and the UK's Jamaican Soundsystem culture. It's the latter that strikes me as the most important when listening to three Dutch producers who make music under 'The Illuminated' moniker.
Dyzz, Rebus and Vence are well known in their native Holland for their seminal MaasBASS events - well-respected dances that have seen acts like Kaiju, Quantum Soul, Congi and many more grace the decks and test the finest of subs. But it's their music that will guarantee international recognition in the coming months. They caught my attention when one of their first productions, the dub-infused 'Scavenger', was supported by Skream and Benga on Radio 1. More big name airtime followed with the likes of the Ambassador, the one and only Mr. Joe Nice, often quick to rewind many an Illuminated tune - along with dubstep luminaries like Wheel & Deal's N-Type and Biscuit Factory Records' Walsh supporting The Illuminated's Soundsystem music.
2013 bodes well for The Illuminated. The trio have already seen a release on FatKidOnFire's first compilation, FKOFUn/Known01, and are quickly following up with remixes on both the Mu Djina imprint and the ever-impressive Iron Shirt Recordings. Solo EPs will follow on Underslung Audio and Mu Djina again - including a remix EP that sees the truly sensational 'Scavenger' drop with remixes from Camu, TMSV and Subreachers.
International bookings will see Dyzz, Rebus and Vence's debut visit to the UK later this year, bringing The Illuminated's take on a British - but global - sound to its birthplace for the first time. I, for one, can't wait."
- Wil Benton / CEO FatKidOnFire