UK THURSDAYS PRESENTS TOTAL SCIENCE N MC TALI

September 27th, 2011 | By

—TOTAL SCIENCE—

Total Science is the stage name of drum and bass producers Jason Greenhalgh and Paul Smith.

The pair first met in 1987, both living on Blackbird Leys estate in Oxford, England and brought together through a mutual love of hip hop. Distracted by the arrival of hardcore in the early nineties, record collecting was quickly followed by DJing and eventually production. Greenhalgh was the first into the studio, with “Freestyle Fanatic” launching his career in 1991. However it was the establishment of the Legend imprint and specifically Greenhalgh’s “Champion Sound”, which took their profile beyond the many anonymous white labels that were dominating the music at the time.

In 1994, the pair started recording together, with “Got to Believe” the first in a series of records which pushed the label away from the darkside[disambiguation needed] movement and more towards the epic string sections and rolling beats which started to appear on labels like Lucky Spin, Basement and Good Looking. After six years of recording singles for others, the pair established the CIA label in the closing months of 1997 with the help of Brillo from Timeless.

The release of their Silent Reign EP for Goldie’s Metalheadz breathed a new lease of life into the project, and the pair achieved a further boost with a well-timed Bad Company remix of “Champion Sound” which conjured further interest in what they were doing at their own label. Their debut album Advance exposed a further field of interest, with downtempo experiments logged as a series of “Breaks” on the majority of their early EPs extended to some deep house, this breadth taken a step further with their Skin Deep[disambiguation needed] imprint which has forged broken beat to considerable acclaim. Their pioneering of a revival in old school sounds and arrangements, together with Digital and Reinforced, dominated drum & bass throughout 2001.

—MC TALI (FAREWELL TOUR)—

Tali is accredited with being the most successful female MC in Drum N Bass of all time. With three DnB Awards, a solo album, numerous singles and guest vocals under her belt, Tali has MC’d all around the world with many of the scenes heavyweights.

Discovered by Roni Size back in 2001, Tali moved from New Zealand to the UK to sign to the legendary ‘Full Cycle Records’ and went onto write and record the first female MC album ever released in DnB – ‘Lyric on My Lip’ Full Cycle 2004 (and one of the first ever MC albums fullstop!) with production from Roni Size, Krust, Clipz, and DJ Die, with featured vocals from Dynamite MC. From this Tali was given the name ‘The First Lady of Full Cycle’ which after winning her first DnB award got shortened to ‘The First Lady of the Mic’.

Since then, Tali has gone on to MC and Record with other reputable names in DnB, such as Marky (Brazil), Shy FX, Goldie, Dillinja, Lynx, Marcus Intalex, Shimon, Camo & Krooked, Atlantic Connection (US), SS and Influx UK, Simon ‘Bassline” Smith, LTJ Bukem, EZ Rollers, Dirtyphonics, Reid Speed and Shortee, and Dope Amo to name but a few, as well as expanding into other genres, with featured vocals alongside The Freestylers, Stereotype, Martjin Ten Velden and Fran and Josh.

Tali this month is releasing her LP, ‘Dark Days, High Nights’ on Shimon’s AudioPorn label this month, and the lineup so far includes tunes from Shimon, Dirtyphonics, Benny Page, Skism, Lynx & Malibu Rhodes, and Ed Rush, to name but a few, and includes some special guest vocal appearances!

Tali has graced the covers of DJ Magazine and Knowledge, and received radio support from Jo Whiley’s ‘Live Lounge’, Steve Lamacq, Fabio and Grooverider, Crissy Criss, DJ Bailey, Annie Mac, Misterjam, and Zane Lowe throughout her career. Tali also fronts her own live Band, has composed the score to a political musical that has shown at The HighTide Festival in Suffolk and The West End, is a contributing writer to various music magazines and is currently writing a book about her experiences as a female MC within Drum N Bass.

Local support from:
Estefex
Risky Business
Rex vs Excel
& Pre-Paid

Pre-sales available on Wantickets.com

UK THURSDAY PRESENTS LOADSTAR

September 9th, 2011 | By

At the age Bristol based Gavin Harris aka Xample and Nick Hill aka Lomax got into music, the electronic scene was already thriving. After growing up to the sound of The Human League, Quincy Jones and Prince, they both followed with passion the rise to fame of The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers and Daft Punk, yet their sound of choice was drum and bass, inspired by local hero Roni Size, LTJ Bukem’s atmospheric grooves, Dillinja’s brutal rhythms, Ed Rush and Optical’s cyber funk and John B’s dramatic soundscapes. Both were spotted as solo artists by Ram’s Record boss Andy C, one of the biggest Djs in the world, with an exceptional ear for new talents.

Xample started on their Frequency Offshoot for a couple of 12s, before graduating to Ram with the track ‘Heaven and Hell’, included on the Dimensions 3 EP and on Andy C’s Nightlife 3 mix in 2008. Following several releases on Critical and Bingo amongst others, and ‘Artisan’ for Bounce Records, hailed as one of the tunes of 2007, Lomax signed exclusively to Ram Records. His first release for the label, the ‘Faith Massive’ EP in May 2009 went straight to number 1 in the dance charts.

Xample and Lomax had started working together in 2007. The combination of Xample’s raw dancefloor sound and Lomax experimental edge proved instantly lethal. Their heavily exposed debut ‘Lowdown/The Latter’ was released on Ram in spring 2007 and followed by the equally impressive ‘Contra/Keep Their Head Ringing’.

2010 was a pivotal year for Xample and Lomax. May saw the release of the ‘shamefully, powerfully, grippingly addictive’ (IDJ) ‘Remember’, backed by the lethal ‘Rushin’ Dragon’, showcasing the promising depth and variety of their joint talent.

After a handful of singles getting them into A listers status, the duo started to work on a debut album, and comfort their partnership by choosing a specific name. So, for the release of the awesome ‘Link ToThe Past’ (‘A huge alien mammoth’ – DJ mag), they chose to be known as Loadstar. In late 2010, the single was voted ‘best single’ at the Drum & Bass Arena Awards, confirming their dominance of the underground.

As a highly sought after remix team, they reworked Example’s ‘Two Lives’ before giving Chase & Status’s top 10 ‘Blind Faith’ some serious dancefloor credentials earlier this year. Their version of Breakage’s ‘Fighting Fire’ is already tipped as one of the tunes of the year, and has been heavily championed by radio 1’s Annie Mac for whom they recently concocted an incredible Mash Hit, spectacularly tearing Jessie J’s hit ‘Price Tag’ to shreds.

Loadstar have been spending the last few month on a mammoth DJ tour, joined by MC Texas and singer Ikay, to showcase their past, present and future anthems that will feature on their debut LP out in 2011. It was previewed late March by a single, ‘Space Between’, where soft acoustic guitar and melodic vocals gave way to a vicious bass-led monster of a tune. Despite its uncompromising edge, the track invaded daytime airwaves and dancefloors alike. It was backed b y the timeless groove of the laidback ‘BLVD’, hailed in Mixmag as ‘A Ten Tonne Liquid Chonker’.

While remaining drum and bass’ dancefloors darlings Loadstar are developing into a formidable production team. 2011 promises to propel them into the same league as Ram stablemates Sub Focus and Chase and Status. Zane Lowe recently called them ‘superstars in the making’. Watch it happen.

Doors open at 9pm with support from:

9-10: Artimuz Prhyrme + PrOj3cT_D
10-11: Robo/Tech
11-12: J.Paul + Crit

Hosted by MC BPSS (Vegas)

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UK THURSDAY PRESENTS CRISSY CRISS & 16 BIT

August 1st, 2011 | By

We thought it would only be fitting that for the UK Thursdays 2 Year Anniversary we would have a UK Artist Takeover. So joining us in the festivities from all the way across the pond: 16bit and Crissy Criss!!!

So mark your calendars and join us as we celebrate UK Thursdays’ 2 Year Anniversary on August 11th, 2011!

—16bit—

It’s been about a year and half since 16bit graced our decks, back when a rare severe thunderstorm engulfed the East Valley. The storm so intense it set off tornado sirens and caused the cancellation of all Southwest Airline’s flights to and from Phoenix. 16bit’s flight was even forced to detour to Denver for a couple hours.

Just months after UK Thursdays was created. The night still in search of solid residents and the formation of the bass family had just begun. Back when the venue was still Cherry Lounge & Pit and UKT only opened their doors to the 21+ crowd.

West London duo 16Bit are two of the most respected electronic producers working today.Their sound influenced as much by techno and electro as well as dub and jungle, with huge
distorted riffs and juggernaut bass underpinned by crunching drums.

Bursting onto the scene with their huge Chainsaw Calligraphy, the track received Radio 1airplay from the likes of Kissy Sell Out and Mary Anne Hobbs, with DJs as diverse as Flying Lotus, The Gaslamp Killer and The Scratch Perverts all regularly featuring their productions in their sets.

Recent remixes for the likes of Plan B, Professor Green and Noisia’s huge Machine Gun have continued to raise their profile, along with their track JUMP! being used in a Nike commercial
and a Nintendo Wii game featuring their discography.

Whether in the studio working towards their debut album, producing tracks for high profile artists, smashing huge shows or touring the world, these two are always busy. 16bit are at home on stage, enjoying themselves as much as the crowd they’re playing to. Journeying through all styles of music with elegance, their sets will go from sending the audience into a frenzy one moment to the most emotional moment the next, their sets are
nothing short of epic.

They have recently signed exclusively to Chase and Status’ MTA records.

—CRISSY CRISS—

Not only is this guy a MONSTER on the decks, but he’s also the youngest DJ/Presenter at this point in time to broadcast nationally on BBC Radio One: CRISSY CRISS!

Introduced to a set of decks aged 5 by his step-dad Kenny Ken, he then started to teach himself to mix aged 9.

The following year, Crissy covered for Kenny Ken at a festival in Essex to play after Mickey Finn. At age 11 he played his first club set at The End in London. Soon after he joined drum & bass pirate station Kool FM.

Crissy has played at major drum & bass nights across the UK and elsewhere such as New York, Toronto, Norway, Switzerland, France and Germany.

Crissy started production work from the age of 12 making music on a gaming console.

He released his first track on Back2Basics recordings in 2004. Since then Crissy has signed to Back2Basics Records and Mix n Blen Records.

He made big moves in the DNB circuit and other scene’s working alongside partner ‘Fumin’ and other projects to include ‘Tick Tock’ with ‘Skibadee’ that has been rinsed! on BBC Radio One & 1Xtra continuously by Ras Kwame, Rodney P & Skitz, MistaJam, Seani B to name a fue. ‘Tick Tock’ along side a truckload of other tracks by Crissy are also getting daytime play by 1xtra’s Ace & Invizible, Nesha, Rampage & Kiss100’s Logan Sama amongst others.

Doors open at 9!

Support:

Special tag sets from the UKT residents: HavocNdeeD, ill-legal?, dLo, Estefex, Sens1, Murk, & Crit on the main stage

Lounge: Whiteboi and Thomas B (Tucson), Sub D and Non Compliance, & Sebastian

18+///Full Bar for 21+

$15 Pre-sales available from any UKT team member (see event admins) or online at: http://www.wantickets.com/​Events/ShowEvent.aspx?even​tId=92413

UK Thursday Presents DJ SS & Ajapai

July 17th, 2011 | By

DJ SS

UK Thursdays teams up with FakeLife + Kriticz Dezinez to bring you Summer Sensations with DJ SS (UK) and Ajapai (Japan).

AJAPAI
(Rottun Recordings | Tokyo, Japan)

Earning the The 4th Annual Beatport Music Award for best Drum and Bass track with “Incoming… (Taku Remix)” Ajapai is once again another successful bass slinger from the Rottun Recording family.

“…coming from the country that has probably inspired every sound to do with Dubstep, (transformers, beast wars, anime) Ajapai aint no japanese pop producer.

His tracks will literally eat you with their dramatic build ups and trip hopping main wobble. Vocals from robots, transforming, malfunctioning, confirmations, machine gun chattering all infect this song like a virus spreading its hairy tentacles…”

DJ SS
(Formation Records | Leicester, England)

One of the UK’s finest DJ/Producers and one of the founders of Formation Records, DJ SS aka Leroy Small is an original breakbeat pioneer who has made an immense contribution to today’s drum & bass sound.

SS is one of the very select DJ / Producers who has been there right from the start, due to the hard work and dedication that he puts into his music. When the hardcore scene exploded SS was there and hasn’t looked back.

Today SS spends most of his time producing in the studio and travelling all over the world to DJ and promote his brand “World of Drum & Bass”. His travels have taken him throughout Europe, Australia, Canada, the United States of America and Asia. When SS has any spare time he is dedicated to football and is an ardent Manchester United fan and an enthusiastic local football player.

DJ-SS is now celebrating 20 years of Formation records, and 11 years of World of Drum & Bass which is the longest consecutive D&B tour and a phenomenal achievement in any music genre.

Doors open at 9 PM, more details soon!

 

 

 

UK Thursdays Presents DJ Hype

June 14th, 2011 | By

The man, the myth, the legend: DJ Hype hits the decks at UK Thursdays this summer!

He was an early DJ on one of London’s pirate radio stations, Fantasy FM, and has been popular on the international DJ circuit, landing awards for Best Male DJ and Best Radio DJ (in 1994 and 1995, respectively) at the UK’s Hardcore Awards.[2] He also presented on the London based radio station Kiss 100, and was a player in Suburban Base’s compilation series, Drum and Bass Selection.

DJ Hype began producing in 1989, engineering and co-producing tracks (including “Exorcist” and “The Bee”) for Kickin’, Strictly Underground, and Suburban Base.

His Ganja Records label gained popularity, primarily through dance floor fillers such as “You Must Think First”, “Tiger Style” and DJ Zinc’s “Super Sharp Shooter”. Their popularity peaked with the release of their first album in 1996: Still Smokin’ , a label compilation released jointly by Ganja and Pascal’s Frontline imprint. Re-released in 1997, its success also led to a major label deal with BMG’s Parousia sub-label and the establishment of True Playaz, a Hype led DJ and production unit also including DJ Zinc, Pascal, and Rude Bwoy Monty. His 1997 Parousia EP, New Frontiers, with Ganja Kru, reached #56 in the UK Albums Chart.[1]

DJ Hype is known for his jump up DJ sets, including appearances at the Playaz night at Fabric.

On 30 March 2009, Hype released a new double album mix compilation on Rhino Records, entitled DJ Hype presents Drum and Bass Essentials.

This night we rock both rooms out with support from:

dLo
Squarzan
Artimuz Phryme
Sub D
Non Compliance
Jumbafri

18+ to step | 21+ to stumble

Frenzi 1 Year Anniversary Feat. Marcus Intalex

June 11th, 2011 | By

Come out and join us at Houstons premier and only Drun & Bass Monthly as we celibrate their 1 Year Anniversary with special guest Marcus Intalex. Line up for they night includes Brad Slack, DVS1, Cy-Tek, MissingLink, LuckiJunglette, DJSyklone, Dol>ID, Kam, Hippo & Estefex. Doors open promptly at 8pm and close at 3am. This is an 18+ event. $10 cover for 21+ ($5 before 10). $15 cover for 18+ (All Night).

AZDNB.COM Presents Original Sin (True Playaz)

October 14th, 2010 | By

Original Sin

While some of you may not be 100% familiar with the name Original Sin, all will become clear when you realize that this is the new production alias of none other than Adam Tindall, one half of the undisputed kings of dancefloor drum & bass, G Dub.

Born and bred in Newcastle, Adam was initially drawn to D&B by albums such as the incredible ‘Platinum Breakz’ compilation from the Metalheadz camp, and Grooverider’s legendary ‘Prototype Years’. His love for the music grew and grew until the desire to become more actively involved in the scene took hold and he took up DJing shortly before enrolling himself at Music College.

It was at college that Adam met Jake Carter and the infamous Generation Dub was forged. However, it wasn’t long before the Adam realized that Music College was a pointless pursuit and he decided to quit in order to concentrate fully on making music at home. It wasn’t long before drum & bass legend DJ SS snapped up two of G Dub’s early productions for his Reformed imprint.

The successive deal with DJ Hype & Pascal’s Ganja imprint proved to be the making of the G Dub franchise, as Adam and Jake’s studio let off more anthems than an Olympic Games opening ceremony and tracks such as ‘Tink Ya Bad?’, ‘Warp Speed’ ‘Forever’ and ‘Beast City’ collectively smashed up more dancefloors than a specialist nightclub demolition team.

In early 2008 Adam and Jake parted company and Adam decided to pursue solo avenues under the name Original Sin. The ridiculously heavy ‘Don’t Be Silly’, ‘Cheater Cheater’, ‘D For Danger’ and his remixes of Shy FX’s classic Ebony Dubsters track ‘Rah’ and Rufige Kru’s ‘Monkey Boy’ have gone a long way to stamping his individual mark on the Drum & Bass scene.

Original Sin shows no signs of slowing down, though, as Adam prepares to drop the huge ‘Dr Feels Good’ EP on Playaz, showcasing a completely refined and mature sound which is as deadly on the dancefloor as it is on the radio.

UK Thursdays Presents LTJ Bukem and MC Conrad

October 1st, 2010 | By

This Thursday, October 14th we bring you Drum and Bass legends: LTJ Bukem and MC Conrad!

Arguably the prime innovator in the development of jungle from its early status as an offshoot of hardcore techno into the respected, stylistic genre it became by the end of the 1990s,
LTJ Bukem gained fame as an auteur in all fields of the drum’n’bass movement: as a top-flight breakbeat DJ, owner and label head of the Good Looking/Looking Good stable of labels and, of course, for his recordings — inspired by the lush strings and natural ambience of ’70s jazz fusion masters like Lonnie Liston Smith and Chick Corea as well as elegiac Chicago house and moody Detroit techno. Allied with the early-’90s rave and hardcore scene, Bukem began working on production near the end of the 1980s; though his light, airy sound made little sense to his contemporaries, Bukem’s style was emulated much more as the jungle scene gained momentum during the mid-’90s. While such producers as Roni Size and Goldie gained the limelight for their solo work, Bukem purposely downplayed his own artistic career in favor of mix albums and label-spanning retrospectives that highlighted dozens of artists from his labels.

Born in London in 1967, Danny Williamson was adopted and raised in Watford by strict Baptist parents, earning his nickname from the TV series Hawaii Five-O (“book ’em, Danno”). He took trumpet lessons as a child; played piano and drums in various school bands; and began listening to a wide range of music, including jazz, soul, and fusion plus hip-hop and electro. After being expelled from school at the age of 16, Bukem made the natural move to DJ status later in the ’80s; inspired by rare groove DJs like Tim Westwood and Gilles Peterson, Bukem and several friends set up the Sunshine sound system and played out the latest hip-hop and electro tracks at DJ battles around his Luton base.

When the acid house explosion hit Britain near the turn of the decade, Bukem gradually stopped going to sound system battles and began attending the ever-growing raves dotting England’s countryside. He began mixing at them as well, and produced his first track, “Logical Progression,” in 1990. Bukem soon grew frustrated with a lack of control over his own recordings, however, and in 1991 decided to form his own label, Good Looking Records. Bukem’s production style was a continuing anachronism on the rave/breakbeat scene; early Good Looking tracks like “Demons Theme,” “Atlantis,” and “Music” provided a soulful, melodic alternative to the prevailing hardcore tracks then in vogue.

By 1994, LTJ Bukem had formed his second label (Looking Good Records) and begun the formation of an artist collective — Peshay, Aquarius (aka Photek), PFM, ILS & Solo, Blame, Nookie, Seba & Lo-Tec, Tayla, Funky Technicians — similarly inclined toward melodicism and epic expanses of sound. In October of that same year, he began the club night Speed at the Mars Bar in order to spread the Good Looking/Looking Good approach to sound. With Bukem and jungle pioneer Fabio spinning breakbeat records while MC Conrad added verbal gymnastics over the top, it soon became one of the most popular clubs in London. Appropriately, Bukem’s first full-length was a mix album, Mixmag Live!, Vol. 3, which confirmed his status as one of the top breakbeat DJs in the drum’n’bass scene.

The jungle phenomenon had begun to crest as a commercial force in 1994, and the appearance of Goldie’s Timeless one year later signaled the dawn of widespread critical respect for drum’n’bass. Though Bukem signed a major deal as well (through London), he debuted in true label-head fashion, releasing the Good Looking/Looking Good compilation Logical Progression instead of a proper solo LP. Bukem did contribute several productions (and mixed tracks for the second disc of the set), but the album definitely portrayed an artist committed to the jungle community more than his own career.

After a subsequent DJ tour of America (his first), Bukem showcased a new direction in late 1996 with Earth, Vol. 1. Another compilation (this time spanning his catchall subsidiary Earth Records), it concentrated on midtempo tracks inspired by hip-hop, soul-jazz, and funk — again featuring very few tracks actually by Bukem. The sequel to Logical Progression continued the same share-the-wealth strategy — it was helmed and mixed by Good Looking right-hand man Blame. Besides inaugurating yet another mix album series (Progression Sessions) in 1998, Bukem released several additional volumes in both the Logical Progression and Earth series. Journey Inwards, his first full-fledged solo album, followed in the spring of 2000. Producer 01 was issued a year later. Good Looking’s release schedule hasn’t waned in the years since, with Bukem remaining as active as ever.

UK Thursdays is always striving striving to bring you ear candy of the UK born music genres including DnB, dubstep, glitch, jungle, breaks, garage, grime and more! Every Thursday we bring you some of the greatest locals and well as International artists.

Past headliners have included: Reid Speed, Emu, Pawn, The Gaslamp Killer, 16bit, Excision, CamoUFO’s, Vaski, Dieselboy, Datisk, Mary Anne Hobbs, DZ, B.Rich, Borgore, Rusko, Break…age, BARE, Unknown Error, Lazer Sword, Lea Luna, Liquid Stranger, and more!

Support for the night including: Estefex, dLo, Wix + Coda, and Paul the Junglist!

Frenzi 001 @ Fwd

June 1st, 2010 | By

Join us as we welcome Andrei Morant as the newest member of Tha Purrin Lion Sound Flex Crew, celebrating sdfone’s birthday and kicking off Frenzi at the new club – FWD.

Bringing you the very best in drum & bass.

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FRENZI DRUM & BASS
June 26, 2010

FWD : 510 Gray St. Houston, TX, 77002

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DJs:

ANDREI MORANT
(Tha Purrin Lion, Scope Recordings, Planet Rhythm)

SDFONE
(HeavyD&B, DIRB)

ESTEFEX & HIPPO
(Turn It Up, Phoenix/Houston)

Spiral Grooves
(Ron Cone Enterprises)

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NO COVER / 21 & OVER
FREE Andrei Morant mix cd to the first 50 people.

http://www.thapurrinlion.com/