Raffertie is actually called Benjamin Stefanski. He’s 21 years old, from Birmingham and a graduate of classical composition. Yes, he’s an academic; but in his spare time he squeezes his machines in search of rugged textures and low frequencies. After stealing the hearts of the bass heads - with singles like “Wobble Horror” (on Planet Mu) and primarily “Antisocial” (on Seclusiasis) - he’s now the flaming new signing of Ninja Tune. His debut EP for the prestigious label - “Visual Acuity” - holds four tracks that will appeal to both the bangers and the brainiacs. Generous in low frequencies and innovative ideas, it’s an intricate piece of work - complex, yet with undeniable physical intensity. The EP will be out on 29th August, an appetiser for his debut album, expected in early 2012.