THEM LONDON is back with perhaps our best ever event. As an eclectic club night, it’s not often we’re able to pay homage to a specific genre. But here we pay homage to 2-step Garage music by busting the genre wide open - showcasing some of the scenes legends alongside a new generation of bass music artists that they have influenced. The latter are pioneering various sounds that have reached beyond garage, but nonetheless owe everything to it. With carefully selected residents playing an extensive variety of bass music, two rooms, Funktion one sound, and wall-to-wall vibes - and also in anticipation of Cooly G’s fantastic new LP for imminent launch on Hyperdub.
MJ COLE - is a DJ and producer at the forefront of underground British dance music. As well as the 1998 era defining single ‘Sincere’, Cole’s responsible for countless heart-wrenching garage productions. Of late, you’ll know MJ Cole for his huge collaborations with Wiley, production for Example and massive remixes for the likes of Mad Decent and Drop The Lime.
WOOKIE - Wookie has been responsible for some of the best known and re-used beats in the early 90s - from his days of Soul II Soul Sound System through to a slightly more polished sound at the end of the decade – where, with peers vocalist Lain he enjoyed huge chart success with his ‘Battle Dance’. A true garage legend, and the name behind extensive catalogue of classics.
COOLY G – With her highly anticipated debut LP is set to drop on one of the worlds leading bass music labels, Kode9’s HyperDub, Cooly G has the world knocking at the door. Her sound is a relative of UK Funky. For those that don’t know– Funky is a sound that is making heavy moves on the underground with its soca infused beats, house tempo, solid bass-weight and dancefloor dirt. Currently celebrating her eagerly awaited debut album “Playing Me” - out soon.
FANTASTIC MR FOX – An exciting up and coming talent as there is, FMF holds pride of place in the notably high-quality imprint Black Acre records. After initially being spotted by Steve Lamacq for his earlier leftfield hip hop productions, FMF has since changed the tempo and attitude of his music, and his new sound brings brand new depths, new stratospheric heights, and injects kaleidoscopic colours into garage origins.
ALEXANDER NUT (2 hrs) - Alexander Nut is one of a kind: the only experimental cut and paste DJ on the infamous London radio station Rinse FM, on which he has become somewhat of an institution . He drops Hip Hop into Grime into Garage into soul and just keeps on moving in this fashion. Expect the Unexpected from this talented DJ as he takes over the decks for a 2 hour set.
BASS CLEF – LIVE –Recording analogue basslines and whipsmart drum programming onto four-track tape, bass Clef is the sound of dub electronica sampling from and referencing dubstep, garage, techno, house, jazz, soca and countless other influences - with on the fly mixing through guitar FX pedals and live brass instrumentation. Tricky like AFX but as warm and disarming as a bear hug.
LUKE ENVOY - One of our favourite DJs - Luke Envoy is close enough to THEM that he can take time out from his career representing as a top Dubstep DJ/Producer to play other genres that he loves. Think back to his last THEM appearance in autumn 09 when after 2 hours of dubstep and grime from Joker and Plastician, he picked the ideal transition by dropping a classic Jungle set that is one of the most suitable hours we’ve put on, and absolutely set the place on fire. We need to call him and asks him what he’s got planned this time, no doubt it will be whatever is most called for!
+ Angela Murkle (soul, jungle, bassline, grime, bashment, hip hop), Gordon Wedderburn (afrobeat set), Ed West (the drummer from David Rodigan’s new favourite UK Reggae band playing a reggae DJ set), Ben White (tropical, garage) and Ruffick (house).
With a hotly anticipated album due on Hyperdub early next year, London’s Cooly G’s unveils two collaborations, firstly with Simbad in a dreamy vocal-led synth-wash slow burner ‘Landscapes’. 'It’s Serious’ on the flip with Baltimore legend Karizma is the killer though, mighty soft-sculpted advanced tribal beats. Bam!
Producer and singer Cooly G returns after a lengthy release hiatus with a new single for Hyperdub that’s a taste of her debut album Playing Me, due early 2012. One track features karizma and the other Simbad!
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1. He Said I Said / 2. What This World Needs Now / 3. Come into my room / 4. Landscapes / 5. Good Times / 6. Sunshine / 7. Trying / 8. Playin’ Me / 9. Trouble / 10. What Airtime / 11. Its Serious feat. Karizma / 12. Is it Gone / 13. Up in My Head ※CDはE-JIMA (DSZ)による解説付の日本盤仕様。
Smooth and seductive new single from one of the UK’s finest selectors, Cooly G. Always with her finger strapped to the pulse of the dancefloor, “Landscapes” sees Cooly channeling classic Chicago house with an emphasis on acid-flecked rhythms, romantic synth vistas, and her trademark funky percussion…not to mention an epic turn at peak-time vocals from the Hyperdub lady herself.
She’s up there as one of the hardest working producers and DJs around, great to see her coming through with a big single preceding her debut LP for Hyperdub. Checkit.