UK Grime & US Hip Hop: Long-Lost Brothers, or Complete Strangers?

Sometime in the 1970s, New York City gave birth to the Hip Hop movement. The inner-city culture quickly embraced this fresh genre, and DJs from all over The Bronx became local legends for their party music. By crafting early funk, house, and electro beats, artist Afrika Bambaataa pioneered in this arena, helping to lay the foundations for what was to follow. A perfect example of this was Bambaataa and Cosmic Force’s early 80s single “Zulu Nation Throwdown”, which fused dance instrumentals with rhythmic rap. Soon enough, Hip Hop hooks became more creative, and lyrics began to carry weight through stories of inequality and racism. The rise of this phenomenon resonated with like-minded communit

Monthly Line-Up list August 18'

August marks the peak for summer festivals and parties in the UK and this is easily present in the array of line-up’s we’ve selected this month. Exciting label showcases, grandeur birthdays and our top Notting Hill carnival options feature this month. Enjoy! Saturday the 4th fabric: Ben Klock, Mr. G (Live), Randomer & More @ fabric, Clerkenwell Klock plays for 5 hours in the EC1 basement for his final London appearance this year. The techno legend that crafted his trade at Berghain just over 10 years ago returns to a spiritual home for him outside of Berlin. Complementing him in room 1 Mr. G plays live, bringing his astute looping tech-house so

Ross From Friends: 'Family Portrait' Album Review

Lo-fi house DJs occupy a nostalgic space in which hip-hop influences, heartfelt lyrical sampling, relentless kick drums and woozy synths blend together to infiltrate a large proportion of the not-so-underground, Internet age dance music scene. Amongst them is Felix Clary Weatherall (Ross From Friends), a British DJ who released ‘Family Portrait’ on July 28th speaks to a deeply personal influence- his parents, who found their commonality in the dance music of the 1990s. Released under Flying Lotus’s label Brainfeeder, the album is intently focused and produced with meticulous detailing, in which we feel Weatherall’s sentiments of trying ‘to be careful with every single sound’, each moment as

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