Seven London Music Highlights for July…
1. Cubed with Reset Safari, Luvstuff and Chase The Compass DJS at Queen of Hoxton – Saturday 2nd July (8pm – 2am)
Distinct bumpy rhythms laced with dark, solid basslines are synonymous with Reset Safari. His records have been spun by some of the biggest; Loco Dice, Maya Jane Coles and George FitzGerald to name just a few. Winner of 'Rising Star' at the 2015 Bass Music Awards, Luvstuff make dark, melodic, bass driven house and techno music for Kerri Chandler's MadTech imprint, Kevin Saunderson's KMS and Tough Love's Get Twisted.
2. The Doctors Orders 11th Birthday Party With Apollo Brown and Guilty Simpson (LIVE) + DJS at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen – Saturday 2nd July (Doors 7pm)
The Doctor’s Orders have lasted the test of time as one of the most consistently exciting party promoters in London. With thousands of events under their belts they celebrate their 11th Birthday with a very special international line up featuring the finest talent from the US and Japan alongside The Doctor’s Orders crack squad of residents.
Kicking off with Detroit’s Guilty Simpson and super producer Apollo Brown who are appearing together in London for the very first time. Following the live show, Doctors Order have a DJ lineup worthy of celebrating any landmark, including Mitsu The Beats – one of the very few Japanese DJs to have made waves outside his homeland. With releases on the world renowned Japenese label Jazzy Sport as well as work for Blue Note, Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide and BBE Records this is a super rare opportunity to see the man in action in London.
3. Tones (LIVE) at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen Monday 4th July (doors 8pm)
Tones are a punk rock four-piece from South London, formed at secondary school, bored by the monotony of suburban teenage life and education. Still only seventeen, the band’s desire and what drives them, is to give their generation a voice so little represented in modern pop music. In a time when the government are cutting funds to schools and vital services, and welfare is being slashed, there are too many songs about love and not enough about issues that affect the youths in towns and cities across our country.
4. The Strumbellas (LIVE) at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen – Tuesday 5th July (Doors 8pm)
The Strumbella’s chart-topping single ‘Spirits’ was first premiered by Zane Lowe on Beats 1 and made its TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Their debut album, My Father and The Hunter, was released in Canada in 2012. During that time, the band’s sound – haunting lyrics fused with infectious, danceable melodies – won them a legion of fans and local recognition. In 2013, they followed up with We Still Move On Dance Floors, which earned them six awards, including a coveted JUNO, Sirius XM Indie Award and a spot on the Polaris Music Prize Long List.
Since then, the band has been on the road earning their stripes through sold-out residencies at different clubs in Toronto, and on several cross-country tours which have taken them from North America to New York to Austin to Vancouver Island, up to the Northwest Territories, across the prairies and beyond. Don’t miss them as they touch down in London.
5. EastBound With Hatcha (UK Garage Set) Saturday 9th July (8pm – 2am)
Eastbound are back at The Book Club with a big guest in the shape of Hatcha (Rinse FM, Kiss 100). Named by Mixmag as one of the ‘Greatest DJS Of All Time’, Hatcha’s roots seep deep back into late ‘90s UK garage, Croydon and pirate radio. Originally the buyer at the now defunct Big Apple record shop, Hatcha was one of the first DJs to pick up on the new dark strains of 2step that were being made by local producers like El-B, Artwork and Horsepower at the turn of the millennium and originally championed the likes of two little known names at the time, Benga and Skream.
6. The Big Ten Inch with Fat Relic (LIVE), DJ Natty Bo, Scratchy and Count Skylarkin at The Book Club – Saturday 30th July (8pm – 2am)
‘The Best Night Out in Shoreditch!’ – Spoonfed
From the ashes of former Big Ten Inch favourites The Dirty Gentlemen, comes Fat Relic – now a nine-piece brass-heavy, funked-up frenzy of rhythm n blues, deep fried soul and original grooves. Spinning killer vintage cumbia, ska, swing, gospel and calypso either side, Count Skylarkin is joined by the internationally renowned DJ, MC, singer, dancer, artist and man about town Natty Bo, and legendary selector Barry 'Scratchy' Myers – exactly forty years on from his DJing debut (which was alongside The Ramones at Camden Dingwalls)
7. Super Dupa Fly Presents Rooftop Sessions With The Artful Dodger at Queen Of Hoxton Rooftop – Sunday 31st July (12pm – 12am)
Join The Artful Dodger for the second in the silent disco* series of Supa Dupa Fly’s Summer Rooftop Sessions on the Queen of Hoxton’s rooftop. The four time Ivor Novello award winners are best known for producing and writing legendary UK Garage tracks such as ‘Re-Rewind’, ‘Fill Me In’ (with Craig David) ‘Movin’ Too Fast’ (with Romina Johnson) as well as Craig David’s amazing debut album ‘Born To Do It’ which has sold over 8 million copies worldwide. Expect to hear a 90’s and early 00s UK Garage set from the guys who made the crowd say ‘Bo Selecta!’
As well as the rooftop silent disco, The Artful Dodger + residents will also be taking the rooftop party to the basement from 10pm onwards to continue the party ‘sans’ headphones.
Ticket link: yplanapp.com/london/supa-dupa-fly-x-rooftop-sessions-x-the-artfu…
*Headphones provided on arrival