Growing tired of the traditional steel forging methods of their forefathers, a group of Sheffield assembly line workers one day decided to try and spice things up a bit. Smuggling in sacks filled to the brimful with house, garage, grime and UK Funky, they stayed behind after lights-out, fired up the furnace and shoveled in their contraband, cranking the temperature up to ‘DANGEROUSLY HOT’ as they worked. Suddenly, with a tremendous bang and a blaze of gun-fingers, the pressure levels hit the roof and out burst their creation: Walter Ego.
Since that day, Walter Ego’s productions have been scorching the nation’s dancefloors and airwaves at an alarming rate, with selectors such as Plastician, Monki and Toddla T all facing charges of instigating wildfire from dropping his petrol-bomb beats on Rinse FM, Radio 1, and 1Xtra. Initial findings point the finger at 2011’s release on Sheffield’s premier beat-factory, Bad Taste Records, of ‘Calm Down’ as the catalyst for Walter Ego’s incendiary ascent, fusing together rude hip-hop and grime attitudes to craft an aquatic urban carnival of beats for local MCs Coco and K Dot to flow over.
Bad Taste continued to fan the flames, with ‘She’s A Myth / Hand In My Hand’ – a collaboration with 2046 – following in May 2012. Around the same time, bounce-aholic DJ Haus (aka Hot City) snapped Walter up for a release on his Unknown To The Unknown imprint, and with ‘Ahora’ and ‘Fruit Punch’ unleashed two instrumentals so tropically mischievous and seductive it’d make the Kia-Ora bird blush. An outing on Sheffield figurehead and long-term fan Toddla T’s own Girls Music label with ‘Set Off’ – which also features Trim, meaning now could be a good time to check the batteries in your smoke alarm – for there is no smoke without fire, and there is no fire without Walter Ego.