You know thatmanmonkz, even if you don’t know thatmanmonkz. The Sheffield producer’s MPC-driven soul inflected house style was born out the influence of the mercurial master teachers of Detroit and 90’s boom bap. His discography includes solo EP releases on acclaimed and widely respected imprints such as Delusions of Grandeur, Classic Music Company, Kolour LTD and Dirt Crew. Monkz is quite the sought-after remixer too—having reworked tracks for the likes of Amp Fiddler, Kraak & Smaak, and Kon. He must’ve caught someone’s attention though, as Traxsource rated him the #10 deep house producer of the year in 2016, the year that also saw the release of his debut album Columbusing and its accompanying single hits “For Bae” and “Turn It Out (with Dave Aju)”.
In addition to producing and deejaying all over the globe, thatmanmonkz also runs a couple of his own labels: the elusive and vinyl-only SWAT; and the internationally renowned Shadeleaf Music, which has seen releases and remixes from the likes of DJ Nature, Kai Alce, Damon Bell, Byron The Aquarius and thatmanmonkz himself.
In 2017 thatman’s white label single, “Gotta Believe”, with Detroit’s Nikki O was one of the year’s big underground vinyl sellers. His solo artist releases on GAMM and Washington D.C’s Better Listen were received favourably all over the globe, as was the Gilles Peterson supported smash SWAT release “AmeriKKKan Poets (done in collaboration with poet Malik Ameer and trumpeter Leron Thomas)”. Once again Traxsource named him in the top 100 most important artists in contemporary house music.