West London born and raised but currently residing on the East Side of the city, Stevie J (aka FunkinEven) is no stranger to nightlife and sound system culture. From his Grenadian roots, through to the surroundings of Notting Hill Carnival and his families own parties, the speaker stacks and record crates were never too far away.
Electronically fusing House, Boogie, Soul, Hip Hop and Techno, Funkineven is part of the Eglo records family alongside Floating Points, Alexander Nut & vocalist Fatima – who features on his most recent release ‘Phone-Line’:
Funkineven will be playing at dollop in Nottingham on Friday 5th October, joining Disclosure, Mosca, Todd Edwards (& lots more) on the lineup. For more information & tickets check out the dollop NottinghamFacebook event.
Todd Edwards is widely recognised as the creator of one of the most important genres from the past few decades, with his hypnotic collage of short cut-up samples over swung US garage beats & disco flavoured bass-lines becoming the blueprint of UK Garage.
Over the last few years ”the producer’s favourite producer” has seen his status rise from critical cult favourite to that of an established and accepted touchstone for the UK’s frequently shifting underground dance scene. Regularly name checked as a major influence by the likes of Joy Orbison, Daft Punk, Joe Goddard, Disclosure, MJ Cole, Oneman, Deadboy & Burial – everyone owes a little to Todd ‘The God’ Edwards.
His four to the floor beats have earned him a passionate following over the past two decades, and in addition to his own legendary productions Edwards has remixed the likes of Hot Chip, Phoenix, Klaxons, Matthew Dear, Spank Rock, Surkin, Robin S, Kingdom, St. Germain & Justice. Edwards also co-produced and sang on the Daft Punk song “Face to Face” on their album Discovery, and the song reached number 1 on the Billboard Club chart in 2004.
The famous irony with Todd Edwards is that despite being such an important figure in UK music, he was born and bred in the United States (Bloomfield, New Jersey to be exact). In addition to this he is a devout Christian, and openly admits to arranging vocals and samples in a way that highlight religious and spiritual themes. Check out the all-around nice guy showing Scion around his home studio:
We recommend you head over to Todd’s soundcloud page to grab free downloads of many of his ‘out of print’ remixes, and also check out his recent mix for Boiler Room:
We are really excited to bring the legend Todd Edwards to Nottingham for our October event at Stealth, where he will be joining Disclosure, Mosca & lots more. For more information & tickets check out the dollop NottinghamFacebook event.
Mosca could not have survived 30 years ago. His first release in 2010, the ‘Square One EP’ that kick-started the Night Slugs label, was just a continuation of a long standing love affair with all types of club music, from deep house and techno to rowdy dancehall and early grime.
Mosca’s refusal to stick to one or two sounds certainly doesn’t make life easy – he is a journalist’s nightmare as well as a critic’s dream – but there are common threads that link his work. His sense of rhythm and groove is perhaps the key, the element that stops that heavy UK bassline from ever weighing too heavily. Even the catchy melodies from ‘Bax’ and ‘Tilt Shift’ have a moody edge that mirrors the tracky techno of his ‘Wavey EP’ or the dark yet soulful house vibes on the ‘Eva Mendes EP’.
Mosca seems to enjoy even more freedom as a DJ, his wildly unpredictable sets pitting Angolan kuduro against 2-step, or combining Wu-Tang with slow house. But despite his quick-fingered dancehall style, the selector takes time on his new BBC Radio 1 slot to explore a couple of genres in detail per show. With national radio backing and pirate station support from across the world, Mosca doesn’t seem to be going anywhere but forward.
We are happy to announce the first of the confirmed artists for our Nottingham October event… Disclosure.
Brothers Guy & Howard Lawrence have made a massive impact on the dance music scene since their 2010 debut, with their unique take on vocal-tinged two-step garage and house uniting the bass, techno and house communities.
Their 2011 tracks ‘Blue You’, ‘My Intention Is War’, ‘Just Your Type’ & ‘I Love… That You Know’ paved the way for their double a-sided 2012 release ‘Tenderly’/'Flow’:
Back in June Disclosure released ‘The Face’ EP on Joe (Hot Chip) Goddard’s Greco Roman Records, with the tracks ‘Boiling’, ‘Control’ & ‘Lividup’ gaining the support from the dance music A-list (not to mention the cool 1.5 million youtube views for the unofficial fan made video of ‘What’s In Your Head’).
The guys have also reworked the likes of Crystal Fighters, Jack Dixon, Emeli Sande and most recently Jessie Ware, turning her breakthrough track ‘Running’ into arguably the biggest remix of the year:
Also well worth a listen is their mix from the Mixmag DJ Lab, where the guys seamlessly mix their own productions alongside tracks and remixes from the likes of George Fitzgerald, KiNK, Boddika, Adonis, Jeff Mills, Dusky, MK, FCL, Zed Bias, D’Angelo & Joy Orbison: