Klute (drum & bass artist Tom Withers)

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Drum and Bass artist (For the industrial metal side project of Leæther Strip, see Klutæ)

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Klute is the primary recording alias of Tom Withers, a drum and bass Producer and DJ from London, UK.

He is also the drummer, vocalist and songwriter in the English Hardcore band The Stupids and first turned to electronic production in the early 1990s, experimenting with techno before turning to Drum and Bass. He released two 12" under the Override alias in 1995-96, as well as appearing on Ninja Tune compilations. In 1997 he released the 12 single 'Deep Control' under the Alias of 'The Spectre'. In 1998 the debut Klute LP Casual Bodies was released on the seminal Certificate 18 imprint; Fear of People followed in 2000.

In 2001 he established the label Commercial Suicide. This released his own material, including the albums Lie, Cheat & Steal (2003), No One's Listening Anymore (2005) The Emperor's New Clothes (2007) and most recently Music for prophet (2010) . All of these albums are double CDs with one drum and bass CD and another of downtempo techno and breakbeat, and received widespread acclaim in the electronic music community. The track "Time 4 Change" from No One's Listening Anymore was the last tune played on-air by John Peel.

The label has also released tracks from artists like Amit, Break, Digital, Spirit, Calibre, Dom & Roland, Hive, SKC and Chris Su, establishing itself as one of the bigger players in drum and bass.

Klute's style of drum and bass is strongly influenced by techno. It is deep and progressive, with flavours of house, dub and trance, and frequent use of vocals. Although Klute is one of the most melodic and musical producers in drum and bass, his tracks are still typically intended for the DJ and dancefloor.

As well as releasing music on his own label, Klute has releases on Hospital Records, 31 Records, Soul:R, Metalheadz and Breakbeat Science Recordings.

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1997 Casual Bodies Klute 4 4
2000 Fear of People Klute 3 2
2003 Lie Cheat & Steal Klute 5
2004 No One's Listening Anymore Klute 3
2007 The Emperor's New Clothes Klute 3
2010 Music for Prophet Klute 1
2013 The Draft Klute 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2004 Breakbeat Science: Exercise 3 Compilation Klute 1
2004 ...What Price Will You Pay?, Volume 1 Compilation Klute 1


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1995 F.P.O.P. / Survival Klute 1
2000 Phone Call Klute 1
2001 Chirashi / Vibration Klute & TGM / Savine & Rio 1
2001 Curley Wurley / Splendor Klute 1
2001 Dawn of Reason / Song Seller Klute 1
2001 Galaxian / Glue Sniffer Klute 1
2001 Tranceformat / Dunno Klute 1
2002 Stay With Me / We R the Ones VIP Klute 1
2002 No Trust / The Seven Seals Klute / John Tejada / Echo 1
2002 Part of Me Klute 1
2004 Growl / Lost Connection Klute 1
2004 Glue Sniffer (Hive & Echo remix) / Oshima Klute 1
2004 Defunct Drums' Depression Decade (Klute Drum Spray) / Perceptron (Fanu remix) Fanu / Klute 1
2004 Acid Rain / Beware Klute 1
2005 Losing You / Chariot Klute & Calibre 1
2005 Don't Wanna Be Alone / Rosemary Klute 1
2005 Torrential Pain / Give Me Faith / Empty Tank Klute 1
2005 Junk / Feroxx Klute 1
2005 Learning Curve / Hell Hath No Fury Klute 1
2005 Material Trip / Ago Klute & Pieter K / Martsman 1
2006 Revolution / Most People Are Dicks Klute 1
2007 Maximus Dominus et Klutus 1
2008 Only Memory Is a Good One / Property Is Theft (Douglas Greed remix) Klute 1
2008 Halloween / Electric Circus Klute 1
2008 Divinity / Hang With Me Klute 1
2008 Ashram / Trust Me Klute 1
2010 Black Pony / Autumn Stone Klute 1
2011 Scooter / Party Hands Klute 1
2012 We R the Ones (Ulterior Motive remix) / Resolve (Klute VIP) Klute & Nymfo 1
2012 Keep It Simple / Friendless Klute & Prolix / Klute & Silent Witness 1

Single + Remix

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2001 We R the Ones (Klute remix) / Chicks (Doc Scott remix) Remix Klute 1


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2007 The Emperor's New Clothes: Limited Edition EP Klute 1
2007 Fuck Your Minimal EP Klute 1

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