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Mind F**k
BluePrint
Club Bad
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"This week's ENT is going to Merseyside to a young man inspired at an early age by the likes of The Chemical Brothers, Underworld and Rex The Dog. Now at the still youthful age of 24, he's refining his craft and rapidly establishing himself as both a skilled producer and DJ. He's already played on the mighty Steelyard stage at Creamfields, and now he's produced an uninhibited, gloves off club banger, which was one of the biggest tunes at that huge Fisher and Chris Lake gig on Hollywood Boulevard. His star is definitely in the ascendant. This is Mind F**k from Blueprint." 
This week's featured Essential New Tune was featured in last week’s Friday show on BBC Radio 1. Listen again and forward to 36.21 here.
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Label: Graham Sahara, Club Bad
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31 Oct 2023
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