The Kovert project began in 1994 as a pirate radio show on Chillin' FM. Broadcast weekly from the heights of East London, the show offered a varied diet of dark electronics.
Having djed for 4years prior to Chillin', and influenced by the harder detroit sounds (UR, Hardwax, Cybersonik), the early chicago house sound (Farley Jackmaster Funk, Sleazy D, Adonis etc), dark european hardcore (PCP, Praxis), the UK rave/early jungle scene and the broken electronics of the Italians (SNS, Leo Anibaldi, ASU), it was only a matter of time before some ideas were recorded.
In 2000, No Surrender was released as part of the Praxis USA comp. It was a response to the dark UK techstep and the emerging, faster european breaks around at the time.
This was followed by the Shock Effect, released as Praxis 34. 6 tracks of harsh breaks, low end theory and shredding noise (love songs?).Conceived as anti-muzak, it asked: could distraction from the banal lead to increased participation in the everyday?
By 2002 breakcore was considered a genre and many new artists were on the scene. However, there was a lack of playable heavy tracks around. Versioning attempted to redress the balance. This time more influenced by dancehall, dub and jungle; mixing a soundsystem aesthetic with heavy beats and even heavier basslines. Murderous style was subsequently remixed by the don and released as part of the Speedhall ep on Berlin's Koolpop records.
Sub/Version 6 was a long time coming, held back after needing to be recut. Jaffna pt 1&2, eventually released in 2004, smashed the dance with an epic apocalyptic rave technique.
Released at the end of 2004 on new SMB sublabel Vinyl Weaponry, Wildfire brought together the sounds of Versioning and Jaffna. Combining a hardhitting year 3000 version of the Kunte Kinte dubplate (featuring the transgressor) with two deeper, darkstepping tracks.
A number of new releases have been planned,
more details soon!