The set from Bristol’s Pev & Kowton is an eagerly anticipated one this weekend. The duo is perhaps best known for their Raw Code b/w Junked 12″ on the Hessle Audio label from 2013 – two forward-looking slices of audio, aimed squarely at the dance floor.
However, they are also responsible for a slew of fine releases via their own Livity Sound imprint, their main focus over the last few years, where abstract rhythms coalesce with deep bass frequencies for a sound that’s authentically British and excitingly fresh.
Simply described, in their own words: ‘Record Label. UK Techno. Sound System Frequencies. Body Music.’ Livity Sound is uncompromising but not inaccessible, with real substance to the music – hidden depths for mind, body and soul.
Resident Advisor did a good interview a few years ago, which reveals something of the duo’s working methodology in the studio. See here. This twelve minute live jam recorded for RA in late 2013, with third Livity Sound wheel, Asusu is also fun.
But they’re actually playing a DJ set this Friday. No doubt the tremendous new Jinx / Scanners 12″ release on the label, from Forest Drive West, will get an outing. Scanners is no less of a gem on this 12 but isn’t up on YouTube yet. Check out its subliminal vibes in full on Bandcamp.
Either way, we can’t wait to hear what they’ve got in store for us!
The legendary Bongo Club in Edinburgh marks its 20th birthday with a month of celebrations. The party starts on Friday night with a set from one of the world’s best DJs, Ben UFO. Gayle Ritchie finds out more…
Twenty years is a huge milestone for any club to reach these days.
So get on your dancing shoes because the Edinburgh institution that is the Bongo Club is alive and kicking and marking two decades of its commitment to diverse, alternative acts, music and DJs with a month of celebrations.
Despite being forced to move location twice, the club is now firmly rooted on the city’s Cowgate and is as popular as ever.
For those into underground techno parties, Substance – billed as one of Edinburgh’s most important outposts for house, techno and bass music – is hosting a night to remember this Friday (September 30), with Ben Thomson, aka Ben UFO, on the decks.
As co-founder of Hessle Audio, Ben confounds expectations with his seamless dancefloor heavy sets that encompass everything from hard techno to Afrobeat, house and electro.
Over the past five years, Ben has built a reputation as one of contemporary dance music’s most daring and wide-ranging selectors, with his keen ear and razor-sharp abilities enabling him to cut between eras, lineages and mixing styles with dazzling ease and fluidity.
Having cut his teeth in early dubstep and drum and bass, his roots lie in UK rave culture – yet his selections cast the net wider, drawing new mutations of this culture into the orbit of house, techno and other global dancefloor sounds.
In clubs, his sets manage to be simultaneously considered and raucous, sliding from sidewinding broken rhythms into an irresistible four-to-the-floor groove, or broadsiding you with unexpected tangents, old favourites and bizarre secret weapons.
Ben has come far since broadcasting internet radio from two turntables on his mate’s bedroom floor. As well as holding down a residency at London’s club fairyland, Fabric, he stays busy touring Europe’s festival circuit, while continuing his now-eminent radio show with Hessle Audio on Rinse FM.
Substance’s Adam Richardson is more than just a bit excited about the night.
“Ben is obviously much in demand and we’re delighted to have got him on board to play what is a relatively intimate venue,” he said.
“His eclecticism is fitting for the occasion, the Bongo being a broad church both musically and in the diversity of its crowd. Add to that the biggest and highest spec sound system we have ever worked with, brought in especially for the evening, and you have a pretty unmissable party.”
With support from residents Gavin Richardson and Velocity Funk, Friday night is the first of a big run of four parties for Substance up to the end of the year, which includes their 10th birthday on October 28.
Substance has been serving up some of the most thunderous innovators to the capital for ten years so you’re guaranteed a good night out.
The rest of the Bongo Club anniversary month sees everything from grime and UK bass, theatre, funk, spoken word, jazz, hip hop, reggae and rock. Check out www.thebongoclub.co.uk
Tickets for Substance: Ben UFO are available here and here.
Bass music innovator Zomby headlines for Electrikal this Friday 25th March and we’re super-excited to be welcoming him to the Bongo.
Zomby – a beast perhaps as mythical as Burial in UK bass lore, but with the ability to take the essential characteristics of numerous genres and fold them into a neat origami-like masterpiece. After his ode to carefree hardcore anthems with ‘Where Were You In ‘92?’ and digital dub classics like ‘Strange Fruit’ and ‘Spliff Dub’, he’s now graced us with both the the funky-ass ‘Let’s Jam!!!’ series and a stone cold eskibeat with Wiley (just to tick every damn box).
There’s a good interview with him from 2013 on Pitchfork and this much older one (from 2009) on FACT is also quite revealing.
This mix for Dazed is a good reflection of what he might be expected to play for the club.
And this more recent mix for Benji B on Radio 1 shows a more introspective side.
Bristol techno DJ Hodge makes his Edinburgh debut for Headset this Friday 19th February and to say we’re looking forward to it is a bit of an understatement!
First emerging via his house and UK garage-flavoured debut EP, The Fall (Immerse Records), in 2011, Hodge has stormed the ranks of UK techno, since 2013, via exciting releases for respected labels such as Punch Drunk, Tempa, Livity Sound and Hemlock Recordings plus up-and-coming imprints Hotline and Berceuse Heroique, culminating in high profile artists such as Leftfield and bookings across Europe last year. You could he’s officially broken cover now.
With roots in Bristol’s fertile drum ‘n’ bass, garage and dubstep scenes, his bass-heavy sound has an identifiable UK flavour which gives him the edge over many of his peers.