To have the audacity to go and get KICK DRUM tattooed on your knuckles, you’d come away looking a tad foolish if you couldn’t back it up with the requisite production chops. Fortunately Blawan, who first sat behind a percussion kit aged 10, has got a very firm grip on how to really make a beat knock hard; this is a man who is acutely aware of the potency of a driving rhythm, and one who has gained notoriety for the chest-rattling thumps that can be found right across his body of work, from early Hessle Audio 12″ ‘Fram/Iddy’ right through to the recently released ‘His He She & She EP’ on Will Bankhead’s Hinge Finger label, which contains the ubiquitous club smash ‘Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage?‘ Despite only releasing music for a relatively short amount of time, the Sheffield native has already garnered much acclaim for his refreshing output, most notably for last year’s breakout smash Getting Me Down, which won the coveted top spot on Resident Advisor‘s Tracks Of 2011.
Bucking the popular trend of flowing freely between genres, behind the decks Blawan leans heavily on the techno side of the spectrum, often plumbing the depths of extremely dark, relentless 4/4 tracks before surfacing for air. In doing so, he has become one of the most sought-after DJs working in electronic music today, slotting in as comfortably with Ben Klock and Marcel Dettmann, residents at Berlin’s famed techno mecca Berghain, as with current contemporaries such as Boddika and Objekt. Check out the man in action below, playing what has been heralded as one of the most memorable and impressive Boiler Room sets in years.
Blawan with join forces with Scuba and Jackmaster plus many more still yet to be announced to play at the final dollop of the year at Stealth on December 7th. For more information & tickets check out the dollop NottinghamFacebook event.
Jack Revill - Jackmaster to you & I - is many things to many people: a faithful employee at Rubadub record store since the age of 14, where he still puts shifts in during rare periods of downtime; one of the team running Numbers Records, an imprint behind some of the finest electronic music released this decade; a Rinse FM regular; and one of the UK’s most well-loved selectors, a man famed for his seemingly infallible ability to set a party alight with staggering ease.
That said, his reputation as a surefire crowd-pleaser belies the depth of his musical knowledge and ability to move seamlessly between progenitors and protégés. Jackmaster’s passion for the earliest strains of house and techno sets him apart from the crowd, as witnessed on last year’s Fabriclive #57 CD where tracks from the likes of Model 500, CLS and Anthony ‘Shake’ Shakir sat comfortably amongst newer cuts from SBTRKT, Martyn and fellow Glaswegian Hudson Mohawke. In the live arena he’s no different, as likely to play a rare Drexciya 12″ as he is Jay-Z. A stellar example of his versatility can be seen in a mix recorded with Hessle Audio’s Ben UFO earlier this year, where the pair deviated from their usual peak-time billing and chose instead to open proceedings, crafting a slowly unfurling mix that is testament to his skill as a DJ at a considerably lower tempo and deeper mood:
Jackmaster’s inexorable rise to the top has been a pleasure to witness and, suffice to say, we are thrilled to have the man back on board for what promises to be another incendiary set. If you seek to be educated as well as entertained while dancing, then make every effort to catch him play alongside Scuba and many more on December 7th at Stealth for dollop. We’ll leave the last word to Jack:
“One of the best clubs and venues to play in the UK, easily. Can’t wait.”
Paul Rose has been for the best part of a decade one of the most influential and revered players working within electronic music, rightly regarded as somewhat of a figurehead for an underground scene that keeps one eye firmly on the past as it propels boldly forwards. His label Hotflush Recordings has introduced the world to artists such as Shackleton, Mount Kimbie, Boxcutter, Joy Orbison, Sepalcure, George Fitzgerald, Distance, Locked Groove and Sigha, proving vitally important during both the nascent dubstep scene and its fragmentation at the turn of the decade. Rose’s own productions under the name Scuba have followed a similar path: the dark, cavernous sounds displayed on 2008′s ‘A Mutual Antipathy’ and 2010′s highly acclaimed ‘Triangulation’ have been illuminated by flashes of colour and clarity, as on 2011′s ‘Adrenalin EP’ and his third full-length LP, ‘Personality’, which saw release earlier this year.
As with his studio output, Scuba’s work as a DJ proves tricky to categorise; the mastery of craft exhibited on record is mirrored in his sets, where Rose will often amalgamate a broad array of genres, blending rough-edged techno from his adopted hometown of Berlin with the rushes of warm euphoria more commonly associated with the Balearic islands, all mixed with the deft touch of a seasoned professional. Check out a recent recording of the man in action under his house-leaning SCB alias below:
Staying relevant in a scene that prides itself on continual expansion and innovation for two or three years is no mean feat; to remain at the forefront for nearly ten is nothing short of remarkable. Predictably unpredictable and notoriously outspoken, Scuba is one of the most entertaining and enthralling characters in the world of underground dance music and it is a great pleasure to welcome him back to play dollop at Stealth on December 7th.