Tuesday, 20 October 2009

We Wah Ten @ Scala

It's nearly here! Wah Wah's Tenth Birthday!

So, with a stupidly sick main room and the awesome One taste in room three, I am going to be rather selfish and big up the dubstep room (2), and boy what a line up! Loefah, Ramadanman and LD all bringing their unique take on where bass music is right now.

Loefah is one third of the legendary label and club night, DMZ, along with Mala and Coki. These three men have been instrumental in defining the early dubstep sound, and continue to break boundaries with their musical output. Loefah now concentrates much of his time on his own Swamp 81 imprint, and released the debut album by Krytpic Minds in October.

2nd Drop was lucky enough to work with Ramadanman on one of his first dubstep projects, releasing a rather naughty bootleg of Nina Simone's Feeling Good in 2007. Now, his music has been championed by key tastemakers Ricardo Villalobos, Rob Da Bank and Modeselektor among others. He has recently mixed the latest Dubstep Allstars 7 with Chef. He is one of the most exciting and forward thinking of producers and DJs in underground music, so expect dubstep, funky, electronica, techno and everything else in between.

Apart from holding one of the most important roles in dubstep - cutting dubplates for the scene's key DJ's and producers - LD is also a wicked producer with a distinctive and vibrant style. With releases on Hyperdub, Ringo and 2nd Drop, LD offers a heavily percussive sound that is both unique and brilliantly effective.

Also joining the fray is Reeps One who is currently the 2009 UK Beatbox champion. Saw this guy at one of our Big Dirty nights in Birmingham, he tore the place up.



Sunday, 11 October 2009

New 2nd Drop - LV ft Errol Bellot "Don't Judge"

Diplo (Mad Decent) - “I love your label”

Untold (Hemlock/ Hessle Audio) - “Love the Fantastic Mr Fox Remix”

Mary Anne Hobbs (Radio One) - “Oh yeeeeeah!! I love this”

DJ support from…) Sinden (Kiss FM), Alex Nut (Rinse FM), Starkey (Seculsis/ Planet Mu), 2562 (Tectonic), Alex Chase (One Handed Music), Wrong Tom (Resonance FM), Geoim (Berkane Sol), Brackles, Clouds, Dave Q, Sully, Dom Servini etc etc.

LV ft Errol Bellot
A. Don’t Judge
B. Don’t Judge – Fantastic Mr Fox Remix
2ndrp12008 Release date: 12th October 09

Following in Ramadanman's supreme tribal tracks, comes South London production outfit LV. Fresh from two releases on Hyperdub and remixes for Hemlock, the quartet deliver the rootical Don't Judge featuring vocals from seasoned UK rootsman Errol Bellot, who has worked with King Tubby among others.

On the flip side, Wolverhampton’s Fantastic Mr Fox takes the big tools to the original and refashions an epic remix with a wicked 2 step swing. Nuff said, enjoy!

As big fans of illustration and graphics, over the last seven releases the label has commissioned some truly wonderful art from a slew of talented artists including Remi/Roughe, Uiu and Phil Blake. For 008, London based Mat Pringle was given the chance to design our first 12” sleeve. His wave and bamboo illustration is wicked and is hand printed onto just 500 limited edition sleeves.

Please check his blog for more stunning works of art: http://www.matpringle.blogspot.com

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Sony Ericsson B-Boy Championships in Brixton

For those into breakdancing, you'll be a fool not to check the Sony Ericsson B-Boy championships taking place at 02 Academy in Brixton on Sunday 11th October.

The legendary Crazy Legs will be hosting the world final event, which sees the best from the USA, Japan, Korea, Russia, Holland and Scandinavia compete to be crowned world number ones! The qualifiers were held over five-months and seven international eliminations stages.

Repping for the UK is the eight-strong team hailing from London, the Soul Mavericks.

Plus, a little dubstep fact, for those that know dubstep producer and all round top guy Desto, he will be throwing power moves with the Scandinavian contingent.

For more info check www.se-bboys.com