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Contours (December ’20)

Melodic Distraction Radio

Contours is the project of musician, producer and DJ Tom Burford.

Based in Manchester, Contours’ sound explores the spaces, rhythms and textures that sit between House, Jazz, Broken-Beat, Hip Hop and percussive experimentation.

Having been exposed to an eclectic range of music from an early age, Contours DJ sets traverse a litany of sounds and influences. Growing up playing drums and percussion, Contours’ productions draw heavily upon this, incorporating rhythms from Africa and Latin America coupled with those more often heard spilling out of dark sweaty basement clubs.

Contours sound has seen him find a home on London’s Rhythm Section imprint alongside the likes of Al Dobson Jr, Henry Wu and Chaos in the CBD.

Contours has since gone on to release music with labels including Tru-Thoughts, Shall Not Fade, Fly high Society, On the Corner and Far Out.




Nakara Percussion – Balimba
Veranda Culture – Potential of We
Contours & Friends – Balafon A
Rainer Veil – FM2
Pharoah Sanders – Greeting of Saud
Phil Stroud – Banksia
Zeitgeist Freedom Energy Exchange – Marcus Garvey
Nuyorican Soul – Makes your Nature Rise
Fred P – On this Vibe
K15 & SMBD – Dry Mango PT 2
Contours – Returning
Earth Trax & Newborn Jr – Sax Track
Human Resources – Desilu