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You can get the lowdown on an artist’s current happenings and read plenty of juicy gossip about them at way too many other places on the interweb; but we’re not having any of that here. Instead, The Count-Off aims to reveal a never-before-seen side of the top dance music names on our radar, by inviting them to share five songs, four things, three albums, two people and one wish.

There’s still so much to learn about the elusive RAM regular James Poutney, besides the fact he is an appalling powerhouse on the drum & bass front. The Londoner has long been a constant on Andy C’s esteemed label under his Culture Shock moniker, and continues to shape up beyond anyone’s expectations with each passing release. Probably his most definitive one to date, “City Lights” has been a coveted crate-changer for ages now and is finally seeing its release at the end of May, with added accompanying vocal work from Bryn Christopher. While Poutney continues to cross off the days on his cal until his massive single drops, we caught up with the beat-breaking stalwart to count it off for us.

5 songs I wish I’d made:

1. Vaughn Williams “Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis” 

2. Nathan Fake “Sky Was Pink” (James Holden remix) 

3. Ed Rush & Optical “Compound”

4. Radioslave “Grindhouse” (Dubfire Terror Planet remix)  

5. Todd Terje “Inspector Norse” 


4 things I’m happy I did:

Bungee jumped the Orlando Towers in Soweto, J’burg, South Africa

Started using Ableton Live

Played at EDC Vegas

Flew all the way from London to Australia for one show at the incredible Metro City Perth

Photo by Stuart Sevastos


3 albums everyone should own:

1. Radiohead – OK Computer 

2. Boards of Canada – Music Has the Right to Children  

3. Leftfield – Rhythm & Stealth  


2 people I wish I could hang out with:

1. Steve Reich

2. Hans Zimmer


1 thing I wish everyone knew:

“City Lights” ft. Bryn Christopher is out May 25  😉

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