War is the alias of French producer Samy Ponsar, a producer with an entirely fresh perspective on stripped down futuristic drum patterns combined with dusty, organic funk-infused breaks. Son of Rémi Ponsar – a well-respected and influential sound engineer in the 80’s French punk scene - his influences span the history of drum and bass across to dub, techno, and hip hop, with his unique fusion of styles resulting in an inimitable sound that manages to be both forward thinking and timeless. His breakthrough into releasing came with the track Rafale, which he made at age 17 and featured in Breakage’s BBC Essential mix in 2010, later to be released by Trace’s highly influential DSCI4 label in 2012. Following this he formed Arma with Overlook and Mateba in 2011, which saw them releasing on Samurai Music and Demand Records, and starting his long-running collaboration with UK-based producer Hydro – a pairing which has seen them release on respected labels Dispatch Recordings, Utopia Music, Horizons Music and Blendits. In 2015 War joined Serbia’s Metnem label, finally releasing the long-awaited 7th Circle and catching the attention of the MethLab collective. With 2016 bringing further releases with Hydro and Mateba on Horizons, as well as War taking the lead in delivering the 2nd part of MethLab’s BNKR series with his Invisible EP, also featuring a remix of the title track from Djrum – things are stepping up in a big way for this young artist with a significant vision.
Supported by // Bailey, Breakage, B.Traits, Cern, Consequence, Doc Scott, Die, DLR, Enei, Flight, Fields, Gremlinz, Hydro, Icicle, Ink, Ivy Lab, KOAN Sound, Loxy, Mantra, Mako, Noisia, Nymfo, Sam KDC, Skeptical, Trace, Vicious Circle, Villem