Beyond a BPM is a two part documentary made for Boiler Room in collaboration with the British Council that explores the current climate for creatives in London. The London music scene has never been more important or influential than it is now. Something is happening, but what that thing is, nobody really knows. It’s a sprawling movement, taking in influences from dozens of different genres, but however diverse, its sounds and aesthetics are already distinct.

London is at a pivotal moment, and these films are an attempt to collate it all in one place and explore its commonalities. Whatever this emerging scene is, it’s full of contradictions: cerebral and angry; soft and confrontational. The hardest sounds are made by people who are more than willing to accept their sensitivities.

Featured in the film are GaikaVisionist, Liam Hodges, Bala Club (Uli K, Endgame, Yayoyanoh and Kamixlo), James Massiah, Sports Militia and Primitive.

Director Chris Read and Creative Producer Hector Aponysus explain to i-D Magazine, “From an anthropological perspective, it presented a challenge. We found it fascinating to watch a scene becoming a scene, deciding what it was about, building a uniform or a look, developing a philosophy — but from a purely cultural perspective we felt privileged to witness this amazing and unique thing happening around us.”

Both parts of Beyond A BPM can be watched here.

Director: Chris Read

Creative Producer: Hector Aponysus

Executive Producer: Tom Viney

Director of Photography: Emile Kelly

Additional Camera: Jeremy Valender, Amelia Hazlerrig, Jack Exton, Ben Marshall, Krzysztof Trojnar, Daisy Gaston, Hector Aponysus, Chris Read

Runner: Lucy Budd

Additional Footage: Luke Farley, Hector Aponysus

Archive: Primitive, Cottweiler, Laurence Von Thomas

Editors: Jesse Watt, Charli Davis, Carolina Aguirre

Colourist: Faith Millin

Assistant Colourist: John O’Riordan

Graphic Design: Christopher Gray

Score: Gaika & Alx Invader

Soundmix: SoundNode

Additional Music: Visionist, Endgame, Kamixlo, Uli K, Yayoyanoh, Bala Club, Olivander, Bad Osiris

Locations: Andrew Gillman

Boiler Room Head of Film: Joe Alexander