Batu is a British electronic producer who has released tracks on several well-regarded labels, including his own Timedance.
Informed by dubstep and garage as well as techno and electro, his tracks are typically slower and sparser than most other producers on the U.K. bass scene, but filled with tension and unpredictable shifts. He debuted with two singles in 2013 before founding Timedance in 2015. Singles arrived on the label as well as others such as Hessle Audio and Mistry, each gathering acclaim from the underground dance music press. Batu's debut EP for XL, Rebuilt, arrived in 2018.
Omar McCutcheon grew up near Oxford, and was studying music production at Bath Spa University when he started releasing music as Batu. The course helped him improve his production skills, and he had learned much between the release of his first single, 2013's "Eraser" (on Pinch's Cold Recordings), and "Spooked" (on Livity Sound) just a few months later. He launched Timedance with 2015's "Cardinal," and two other Batu singles ("Numen" and "Dekalb") appeared that year. The electro-meets-U.K. funky "Bleeper Feed" appeared on Livity in early 2016, and the Monolith EP (backed with a Lee Gamble remix) arrived on Timedance later in the year. He also released the first of two collaborative white-label 12"s with Timedance labelmate Lurka.
In 2017, Batu's Murmur EP was issued by Timedance, and Marius appeared on Hessle Audio soon after. By the end of the year, Batu remixed Sampha's "Plastic 100°C" for a limited 12". The producer joined the roster of XL Recordings in 2018, and his first release for the legendary label was the Rebuilt EP. ~ Paul Simpson, Rovi