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Brazilian drum ‘n’ bass legend DJ Marky brings the sunshine to Loco Kamanchi, Wed 15th Feb

09 February 2017 -

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Award-winning Brazilian drum ‘n’ bass champion DJ Marky returns to the Bongo for the first time in almost ten years (last seen at Xplicit, Moray House, 2008) when he headlines for Loco Kamanchi.  Behind one of the biggest, feel-good d ‘n’ b anthems of the early Noughties, alongside XRS (LK,  sampling Brazilian heroes Jorge Ben and Toquinho’s timeless number, Carolina Carol Bela and injecting it with some proper favela funk – see below), he’s guaranteed to bring all the warmth, sunshine and colour of his trademark South American sound to nice up our midweek dance.

With over 100k fans on Facebook,  almost 50k followers on Twitter and almost as many again on Instagram, tours across Japan, Australia, Singapore, China, Korea, Europe, Russia and both the north and south American continents, these days the man known better to his mum as Marco Antônio Silva is a fully fledged global phenomenon.  Over 100 releases deep, his Innerground label is one of  the foremost d ‘n’ b labels in the world, while the likes of Madonna, Fatboy Slim, Claude von Stroke, Deadmau5 and Everything But The Girl have all lined up to bag some instant south American street-cred and a chunk of Marky’s funk via a remix of one of their own tunes.

Not bad for a guy who started out playing parties and clubs in Sao Paulo in the early Nineties, before a chance meeting with UK junglist legend Bryan Gee (boss of Bristol’s seminal V Recordings label), in ’98, led to him being introduced to the UK scene.  Marky had actually already met DJs Goldie and Hype in London, in ’97, but Gee was so blown away by the young Brazilian’s DJing skills, not least his ability to seamlessly scratch his own funky drum patterns with the records and then mix equally fluidly between them, that he invited him to come back and play in London.  Marky went on to be crowned Best New DJ by the British critics/media, in 1999.

Christ, the man’s even put on his own festival (‘DJ Marky and Friends’), having programmed his own tent at the massive Skol Beats festival in Sao Paulo for a decade.  After over 20 years in the game with an incessant tour schedule, he’s still one of the friendliest international DJs you’re likely to meet.  No wonder he’s also one of the most respected and still very much at the top.

This date happens just a few days after he plays the Supersonic festival in Puna, so there may even be some Indian vibes on the dance floor…!  In any case, he’s guaranteed to get a warm welcome from everybody here.

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UK dance legend Congo Natty brings the jungle ruckus to Loco Kamanchi, Wed 25th Jan ’17

18 January 2017 -

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Loco Kamanchi welcomes veteran UK MC/producer Congo Natty (aka Rebel MC) featuring Congo Dubz & Iron Dread on 25th.

Scoring a slew of crossover hits between 1989 and 1992 (Just Keep Rockin’ and Street Tuff with Double Trouble; plus Better World, The Wickedest Sound and Tribal Base), Natty and co mashed up dub, reggae, soul, hip hop, breakbeat and hardcore styles, ushering in jungle and bringing black and white together under one roof – a true pioneer and a proper legend.

There’s a great interview with him in The Guardian, where he talks about what it was like when jungle first broke and the power of music to bring people together, no matter what their colour, creed or culture, among other things….

“Black and white, they should be taken out of the dictionary, in regards to people… By the time jungle came in 94, you’ve got all nations together in London, as one. There’s no colour ting.. Music, for a moment, it cancels out all the shit, and” – he clicks his fingers – “we are one.”

Sentiments such as these resonate deeply with us at the Bongo, especially at fractious times such as these.  But, quite aside from all that, jungle and drum n bass has had a massive impact on British pop music and culture and this man is a true original.

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Mancunian drum ‘n’ bass don Dub Phizix headlines Electrikal with MC Strategy, Fri 4th Dec

01 December 2015 -

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Manchester drum ‘n’ bass legend Dub Phizix has just released a brand new mix CD via the Fabric Live series (#84) and he’s stopping at The Bongo Club in Edinburgh on his tour to celebrate.

It’s an exclusive-packed 40 track mix of DnB, halftime, hip hop and myriad bass-packed breakbeats.   His music has an irreverent edge, yet is deadly serious in its dancefloor approach, reflecting his character. The Manchester producer, born George Ovens, has released on labels such as Exit, Soul:R, Critical, Samurai Music, Commercial Suicide, Dispatch, Ingredients and his own SenkaSonic, whilst his remix portfolio is also impressive, with reworks for Charli XCX, Netsky, Panjabi MC, Skittles, Chimpo, Basement Jaxx, Kelis, Breach, Sizzla and more. Playing regularly at fabric since 2011, his “Well Good Do” with Strategy now hosts room 2.

“I first played fabric B2B with Stray for a Critical night and it felt like a real landmark for me, but by the end of the year I’d played three or four times. Since that time, fabric has become like a second home. They can’t get rid of us till about 9am most times we’re there. It’s usually the cleaning staff who send us home! ” Dub Phizix
FABRICLIVE 84 is in many ways a paean to Dub Phizix’s hometown, bookended with tongue-in-cheek references to Manchester’s ‘Rainy City’ moniker and closing with a tribute to the city from the poet Matthew David Scott. Bringing together the known and (as yet) unknown, the mix features 22 unreleased tracks, 12 of them Dub Phizix’s own new productions. There are collabs with DRS, Skeptical, Xtrah, Chimpo and Strategy and specials and features from Chunky, Strategy and Ward 21. Cruising at a foot-to-the-floor 40 tracks per hour, the pace would border on relentless were it not tempered through smart selections of tempo and rhythm switches. The skill in introducing this broad selection of beats into a coherent and body moving mix is at the heart of this new FABRICLIVE set.
Last seen in Edinburgh at Electrikal’s UKF event at Potterow three years ago, he always delivers the goods.

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