Interlight Sessions @The Castle – Sep 2014

On the 27th Sep, I went down to the monthly Interlight session at the Castle, a small pub off Commercial Road in Aldgate.

It was my first time and I didn’t know what to expect. As usual, the place smashed it; the opening DJ’s played a nice mix of Hip-hop and soul before moving straight to jungle.

DJ Stretch, Theory, Bevin and extended family came down to support and the night became progressively heavier in jungle breaks and edits from the relaxed start.

One of the tracks played was Comin’ On Strong, a Reinforced Recs classic!

Shoutout to my brotherman Threshold for smashing his birthday set alongside Uncle Dugs from Rinse. The sets quickly became manic with all sorts of rhythmic breaks played at the dance ;)


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Digital – Robber/ Bitter Wind :: Rupture LDN 004

Digital takes the stage on Rupture LDN‘s 4th release Robber/ Bitter Wind. Both tracks permeate heavy percussive rhythms, breaks and deep basslines over a twisted, warped and cinematic soundscape.. ;)

Rupture London is a underground label releasing fresh Jungle and Drum & Bass founded by Mantra and Double-O.

With a reminder of early Photek mashed up alongside Skull Disco percussion from my perspective meeting Manix and the Metalheadz sound enroute; the tracks sound timeless..

With releases on Metalheadz, Timeless recs, 31 recs, Reinforced and more, this pressing is a serious edition to a heavy discography..!

Available from Redeye Recs, Eastern Recs and BM Soho!

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Roundhouse Rising Festival :: 20th – 23rd February 2014

It’s been a great festival weekend starting from Thursday at The Roundhouse in Camden. The Rising Festival which happens every year promotes upcoming music producers/ bands, DJ’s and singer/ songwriters alongside alternate talent such as programming and coding synths/ software for audio visual experiences.

Rising 360 was 2 teams of people providing radio coverage of the weekend activities during the festival itself. Our team worked on the Saturday show and the Recap show on the Monday afterwards.

Thursday evening started with DJ Oddi playing a Hip-Hop set right through to Lil Simz, a female UK rapper playing the last set from 10:30. We spoke to Lil Simz before her set for a Thursday interview. Spent the day planning Sat’s show with the content and editing our recordings..

On Friday, we engaged the audiences reaction to the festival at stage 2 when beat boxer Grace Savage was performing and around the venue once everyone were settled in.

Stage One was the Studio Theatre, full of people close to the front trying to get a good view of the acts. The stage was mounted at a decent height so any position in the room would’ve resulted in a good view.

tumblr_inline_mxa1ahXlDS1rm29kxSaturday was hectic when we came down.. we interviewed Fauxlo, a roundhouse associate artist; caught up with the Appjam workshops alongside the festival crowd that came down for a good time. Vulcan MC, part of the Roundhouse Choir had a great chat with our team as well.


Ableton Session :: (C) Katiness Photography

One of the masterclasses was run by music producer/ programmer Tim Exile, who uses computer programming to engage the crowd during his performances, recording the audience alongside live instrumentation, sound design for an interactive experience. With releases on Planet Mu, Warp Recs, it was great to get him down during the show for a live interview before his performance.

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Tim Exile :: (C) Katiness Photography

Saachi Senn, another RH associate artist did an exclusive acoustic session in the radio studio with two tracks she performed around noon on stage 2, whilst I caught up with Tony Nwachukwu from multi-music platform CDR (Create, Define, Release) and a few young creatives attending the CDR workshops.

The CDR event in the evening featured young upcoming producers, DJ’s and songwriters performing material alongside Shlomo, a beat boxing artist; which 2 other team members attended.

I spent the day editing the CDR interviews alongside the content we were already capturing during the festival itself and live coverage.


CDR Event :: (C) Katiness Photography

By 7:30 we got most of the packages ready, just the intro link needed to be edited before live broadcast. Hectic printouts of the script ensued, then we did the show;

After the show, I ended up staying in the studio late, managing to catch Wildebeats playing at the club night which now took over the Studio Theatre. There was minimal bass with only the tops working with corresponding woofers!

Apparently Tim Exile blew the fuse for the bass bins I found out afterwards; as a result, the place wasn’t as full and people were dancing on the spot just lightly jigging about.

Arrived home late and Sunday was made up of planning the whole recap show for Monday alongside capturing content..

I managed to catch the last 2 bands GAPS and Fear Of Men on Sunday…officially the last day of Rising Festival.. great finish to a weekend!

Fear Of Men in the Studio Theatre

Fear Of Men :: (C) Katiness Photography

After the weekend, we finalised the packages for the show and additional content was edited. The team thought of producing a Tim exile style mashup from the samples and recordings they captured over the weekend.. did it in 4 mins, manic but here it is;

I finished the track 5 mins before we were about to broadcast.. did a quick mixdown and bounced to wav instantly..!

The show went great, highlighting the festival weekend overall with exclusive content from each day alongside extended interviews/ packages from the Friday & Sunday shows.

The Friday/ Sunday shows can be heard;

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Driving Lolita – Swing Me

Driving Lolita, a band founded by erstwile Radio1 DJ/ producer D-Code set to release their first single “Swing Me Round Your Head” next month.

Other members of the group include Abrar Hafiz, co-founder of ‘Sona Fariq’ in the late 90’s, relentlessly touring whilst signed to Warner Music and Graziella, from 2009’s X-Factor group Miss Frank, raised on soul and blues with a unique vocal style.

With the accompanying remixes from Bambooclart, Earbleed, Barbarix and others inc myself getting released on the  lead up to their launch night on the 14th March at Proud Camden, there’s a lot to watch out for ;)

The bands sound consists of hard hitting basslines, percussion and sassy lyricism over guitar riffs oozing sex appeal.. the remixes warp and mangle the blueprint further over warped breaks, percussion and deep sub..

The vocals melt between Blues, Jazz and spoken word with sass over thick guitar riffs with a rebellious edge..

Here’s the Barbarix Remix;

The remix above can be heard, releasing on the 17th March 2014

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Words By Rakim

A great short video documentary about one of the most iconic Hip-Hop MC’s, Rakim, taking us through a journey of his mind and perspective..

“Words is a re-introduction, and aural celebration of hip-hop’s most influential MC. Inspired by the vinyls that birthed the art form, the film is a portrait of two sides of an artist (A & B) and the streets and city he inspired. Two of his verses have been remixed … the words will never change.”

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TheMistryMix – DementedSoul’s DubClinique Interview

Upcoming producer DementedSoul featured on The Mistry Mix speaking about his debut EP on DubClinique, making music, what he’s about and vibes in general within the Drum & Bass scene

His style encompasses influences from percussive to deep & soulful styles of music, merging the boundaries between melody and rhythm; serious music!!

The DementedSoul EP features 4 massive tracks, available from Beatport, Boomkat and all digital stores!

blog post artworkListen back to our interview through the soundcloud link below;

Dub Clinique is the brain child of Origin UK’s Jamma and Reinforced Records veteran Threshold.

Established as a platform to release a diverse range of tracks from artists who create high quality music with identity, originality, depth and soul.

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I Am Legion – Village Underground :: 27th Sep 2013

Walking into Village Underground after getting through the queue, finding I wasn’t on the list and being persuasive lead to a massive night ahead. Walls of concrete about the place seemingly filled with cave dwellers ready to vibe out at any moment.. I’d say it’s a great start.

I came up from Brixton; a pounding set from DJ Nonames genre hopping through Hip-Hop, Dubstep, Breaks opened up as you went into the place. The guy at the merchandise desk started moshing out now and then when he could adjacent to the full crowd that you see below.

I Am Legion (Noisa & Foreign Beggars) came on afterwards with the line array hard hitting the crowd below, the bass bins shaking the place up alongside crowd dance moves throwing themselves about to the sheer excitement.

i am legion picShell Shock, No Holds Barred, Choosing For You and loads of old and new album tracks were played relentlessly during the performance both Noisia and the Foreign Beggars working hard for their best performance.

Lyricism and rhymes over warped basslines & beats, mangled percussive rhythms were delivered with ease between Orifice Vulgatron and Metropolis; both showcasing alternative musical identities in which Hip-Hop could manifest.

Nerm, Nonames and Noisia played at the afterparty inside The Horse and Groom, a disco pub across the road.

Nerm started playing alternative music with an edge moving towards house in middle of his set, Nonames played Hip-Hop/ alternative beats/ Dubstep with Noisia ensuing a takeover playing the hard edged beats, breaks and bass they’re known for. Vibes were heavy! ;)

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AlunaGeorge – Body Music Released

AlunaGeorge’s latest album Body Music is out now from the 29th July (today if you’re reading it just published) bringing different vibes and influences through to the R&B genre.

The first time I heard “You Know You Like It” and “Your Drums Your Love,” the refreshing use of production, chord progression, vocal hooks and songwriting. A Guardian interview mentions Flying Lotus’ use of experimentation as the source of inspiration on You Know You Like It and it’s evident in the vocal production and sound.

Being a duo, you can hear Aluna’s vocals and songwriting meeting the production, instrumentation and more implemented by producer George.

The album can be streamed directly from their website with full length tracks featuring a whole bunch of quirks and a free download single.

With tracks that rival commercial pop and R&B, yet more refreshing, its exciting listening to something that really grooves deep! Seriously check out the album, I know I will ;)

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The Mistry Mix – Arrows Down Acoustic Session

Arrows Down did an exclusive acoustic session for The Mistry Mix at The Roundhouseshowcasing tracks from his forthcoming album Tethered  & celebrating the release of his single You Don’t Know.

You Don’t Know is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD from oozing classic songwriting and poetry ;)

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Arrows Down at The Old Queen’s Head

Track 1 – Arrows Down – You Don’t Know

Track 2 – Arrows Down – Smooth Tongue Of The Adultress

Track 3 – Arrows Down – Wood

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(Foreign Beggars & Noisia) I Am Legion- Make Those Move

Noisia and The foreign Beggars embark on a new project I Am Legion, releasing their long awaited debut Make Those Move. Saturated with Noisia’s sound design and imminent grit meeting witty lyricism from The Foreign Beggars, the foundations of the tune shout about from the moment you press play.

I Am Legion could represent the collective pursuit towards embedding multiple identities into their musical works, the omnipresent passion that every creative soul feels in any collaborative process. We’ll hear more ;)

A soundscape of gritty sound design meets lyrical punch; the overall atmosphere leaking up sci-fi influences reminiscent of ‘a man in the machine.’ Pow!

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