Archive for the ‘London Artists’ Category

Jungle Cakes (Deekline / Ed Solo / Benny Page)

Posted on: January 25th, 2021 by Marcus No Comments

Owned and created by Ed Solo & Deekline, Jungle Cakes is the most well established Jungle DNB label in the UK. It’s most memorable releases such as ‘No no no’ and ‘Bad Boyz’ still destory dancefloors today.

Dillinja

Posted on: January 25th, 2021 by Marcus No Comments

One of the more prolific producers in jungle music — with records on over ten labels strong, two of them his own — Dillinja is one of the few drum’n’bass artists who spends more time in the production studio than in clubs. While living in Brixton in the early ’90s, he became tipped to jungle by DJ Bryan G, who lived around the corner from him. Fascinated with the sound of drum’n’bass, Dillinja began recording in 1991, releasing tracks on Cybotron, Intelligent IQ, Conqueror, Logic, Lionheart, V, Philly Blunt, and his own Deadly Vinyl label. In 1994, he recorded “The Angels Fell” for Goldie‘s Metalheadz label and became one of the hottest names in jungle. With his friend Lemon D. (who has also recorded for Metalheadz), Dillinja formed Valve Records, a label that expanded the drum’n’bass aesthetic to include elements of ancient analogue sequences. Though he signed to the major label London for a long-term contract, a planned LP was dropped and he continued producing multiple singles for the Test label during 1998-99. ~ John Bush, Rovi

Digital Mystikz (Mala + Coki)

Posted on: January 25th, 2021 by Marcus No Comments

Coki – the quiet man who makes a big noise, or “creatively one of the sickest producers of all time” as his production and DJ partner Mala puts it – has one of the most unusual career trajectories of any producer in electronic music. Although he is without question among the most influential musicians of the 21st century, although he has a good decade of classic tunes and thoroughly demolished raves behind him both solo and as half of Digital Mystikz, and although his fans include some of the biggest and highest-earning names in dance, from Skrillex to Skream, he remains two steps removed from the hustle and hype of the industry.

Mala is a producer, DJ, label owner and visionary best known for his contributions to the scene known as dubstep. But to people who have been touched by his music or moved by his DJing, he holds deeper place in their hearts. Through certain frequencies, his music carries a message that fundamentally connects people.

Congo Natty

Posted on: January 25th, 2021 by Marcus No Comments

Congo Natty aka Rebel MC has a career dating back to his early hit with Double Trouble, “Street Tuff,” but is probably most respected as one of the pioneers of Jungle – perhaps the first uniquely UK-born bass music. Michael West converted to Rastafarianism in the mid-90s, changing his name to Mikail Tafari.

Tall Black Guy

Posted on: January 18th, 2021 by Marcus No Comments

From humble origins in Detroit, raised on a healthy diet of Motown, Jazz and early Hip Hop…Tall Black Guy has become a standard bearer for the current hip hop beats scene. Through a steady stream of productions filled with incredibly clever sample flips and deft production chops, he has won fans across the world, including Gilles Peterson, Lefto, Jazzy Jeff, Questlove and countless others.

Marlowe (L’orange & Solemn Brigham)

Posted on: December 15th, 2020 by Marcus No Comments

L’Orange & Solemn Brigham are Marlowe – “An artist afraid to overreach himself is as useless as a general who is afraid to be wrong.”

Marlowe is a collaborative alt-rap project from North Carolina-based hip-hop producer L’Orange and rapper Solemn Brigham. Their unique blend of quick-fire vocals and dusty breakbeats is most well-known on tracks such as ‘Lost Arts’ and ‘Tales From The East’.

The project came together in 2018 with the intent of marrying Brigham’s lyrics concerning social commentary, police brutality, and poverty with L’Orange’s thudding beats and crackling vinyl samples to achieve a new, refreshing take on hip-hop in modern times. Their debut collaboration Marlowe, chosen as Lauren Laverne‘s BBC 6 Music Album of the Year

Homeboy Sandman

Posted on: December 15th, 2020 by Marcus No Comments

Homeboy Sandman is one of the freshest talents in hip-hop who smashed a sold-out Cargo back in March. Sandman’s musical journey began after dropping out of Law School after three years to pursue a career in rap, so you can see why his perspective might be a little different from your typical rapper. A voice against fraudulent politicians, relationship miscues, and the inevitable haters hating because he was “down to skip a meal or two” Sandman’s lyrical style has been described by some as slow and deliberate, like a pro hitting key spots on a dart board.

Sandman’s latest EP “All That I Hold Dear” is yet another homerun for the homeboy. As incisive as ever, stream-of-consciousness rhymes shade in the complexities of any given theme. Sandman rides the beat like a champ with his usual lyrical prowess, with artful, hysterical, disobedient hip-hop that you can dance to. “Can’t nobody rhyme like me and I get respect from all walks of life on this planet. Rich to poor, this color to that, because I show love for real, and I’m not scared. Peace” – Sandman, we cannot wait to see you back in London.

Lowkey

Posted on: December 15th, 2020 by Marcus No Comments

Lowkey is widely regarded as one of UK hip hop’s finest, his socially conscious approach sets him apart from his contemporaries. After a hiatus which saw the hip hop artist take time off to focus on studies and activism, he has returned to a different world politically and a country in a state of flux. He uses his new album to shine a light on the inner workings of global power structures, multi nationals and their relationships with governments.

Slum Village

Posted on: December 15th, 2020 by Marcus No Comments

Chances are, if you are anywhere near the Detroit music scene, you’ve heard of the influential hip hop trio that makes up Slum Village. The group was founded in the early 90’s by 3 childhood friends: Baatin, T3, rapper and producer J Dilla, who all grew up together in the Conant Gardens neighborhood of Detroit, MI. After leaving Pershing High School, the trio began to forge a path into the Detroit underground hip hop scene and quickly found themselves steadily gaining popularity, where they originally went by the name Ssenepod.

In 1991 the group changed their name to Slum Village recording their first album “Vol. 1”, in Dilla’s basement and RJ Rice Studios, it was critically acclaimed in the Detroit underground scene, later finding its way into the hands of A Tribe Called Quest’s own Q-Tip, who played it for some of hip hop’s elite, such as Busta Rhymes, Questlove, and D’angelo.

Slum Village landed their first record deal in 1998 with Barak/AM records. Due to label politics, the group was forced to release their album “Best Kept Secret” under the alias J-88. Their now classic record, “Fantastic, Vol. 2” was not officially released until 2000 through Barak Records, dubbed an immediate classic from fans and industry tastemakers. This album featured an A list line up including Busta Rhymes, Common, D’angelo, Jazzy Jeff, Pete Rock, Kurupt, and Q-Tip who passed the torch to Slum Village on the record “Hold Tight”.

In 2001, J Dilla made the decision to leave the group to pursue his solo career, but still hung around helping Young RJ with production. Baatin and T3 started work on their next album “Trinity” through Barak/Capital Records, featuring Elzhi on 6 of the tracks. This album would feature their first commercial single “Tainted” which ft an unknown Dwele, also “Disco” the remix produced by Timberland.

In 2002, “Dirty District”, a compilation of songs by Detroit rappers largely produced by T3 and Young RJ, was released.

2004 album, “Detroit Deli” (A Taste of Detroit). The album included the hit single, “Selfish”, produced by Kanye West and featuring John Legend.

2005, the release of “Prequel to a Classic”, a mix tape, with production from Young RJ and Black Milk.

In 2009, Slum, started production on their next album, “Villa Manifesto”.

In 2010, the album “Villa Manifesto” was released under Ne’astra/Koch Records, featuring the late Baatin. By that time Elzhi had decided to move on and focus on pursuing his own solo career.

2011/12 Slum Village new mixtape “Dirty Slums Vol. 1 & Vol. 2”, presented by DJ Mick Boogie, featuring artist such as Rapper Big Pooh, De La Soul, Focus, Skyzoo, Phonte, and Phife, having over 100,000 + downloads.

2012 releasing “Evolution” on vinyl and CD.

2013/14 “B-Sides and Vintage, were released.

Their new release “YES” is slated for release this summer, produced by J Dilla a.k.a. Jay Dee, and Young RJ.

Slum Village continues their journey with an invigorated energy as T3 holds down the legacy with Grammy nominated producer Young RJ.

Touring National and Internationally with rave reviews.

Real Roots

Posted on: September 24th, 2019 by Théo Tavernier No Comments

Real Roots is firmly established as one of the leading Roots Reggae/Dub outfits on the London circuit. Hosting and performing at regular sell-out events for over 10 years.

Sattamann & the Real Roots Crew, along with guest MCs have been selecting Roots Reggae & Dubwise vinyl sound system style sets in bars, clubs & festivals across the capital, throughout the UK and beyond.

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