Richard Kylea Cowie, 19 January 1979, London, England. Wiley Kat refers to his abstracted, mutant music as eski beat, and maintains that his sound often owes more to rapid-fire computer games than the UK garage that spawned it. Since 2001, the former member of the influential Pay As U Go cartel and Roll Deep Crew-aligned producer/MC has churned out a slew of weird tracks thematically linked by a penchant for the cold, the winter, and the glacial. Track titles such as Igloo, Frostbite, Freeze and his benchmark Ice Rink, in addition to Eskimo Dance, Wileys similarly themed MC-led raves in and around London, have made his state of mind and music-making aesthetic explicit: I wasnt making sad songs but I was cold inside, he claimed in XLR8R magazine.
Often recording a track a day, Wiley deliberately flooded the market with white labels bearing his...