When Jay Unearthed and Phantom Trophies mixed a few fresh beats and sounds together to create a jungle-inspired dinger, they never envisaged they would be featured in the video, let alone seeing the track receive so much critical acclaim. After getting well and truly Makala Cheung'd the reception of it has been truly enthusiastic, to say the least! Coined by one review as shockingly awesome this release by Makala Cheung has had music reviews all over Bristol all avid to share their appreciation for this upbeat up-spirited track.
PHANTOM TROPHIES is a musician, producer, and vocalist Lewis Campbell. After producing electronic music 'on the side' - whilst playing as 1/3 alongside Bristol Indie band COPYCLUB, PHANTOM TROPHIES is now releasing his songs out into the wild.
The PHANTOM TROPHIES Project is still in its infancy but will be already accompanied by live shows in the near future. Check out the PHANTOM TROPHIES website to listen to current audio and get yourself prepared for what he has in store for you next.
I defy you not to hold a chill when you hear his newest minimally melodic and hauntingly beautiful piece which will obliterate any genre-defining mix to this date.
KING PRAWN's new single is a massive sonic blow of Northern Punk Rock n Roll flipped with a chunk of flamenco dub ska. The band last 'left the building' at a sold-out London Forum in 2003. After four albums and hard touring the London-based band had gained themselves a dedicated following to their punk, ska, and funk sound.
It took a call from Boomtown Fair asking if the band would be available to headline their Devil Kicks stage to break the hiatus. Once new was out slots in Reading and Leeds Festivals, a flood of enquiries from promoters across the country. The original lineup still stands, Al Rumjen (vocals), Devil Hands (guitar), Nikoli (drums), and Dr. Nelly (trumpet) only bassist Babar Luck has been replaced by new recruit Zac Chang and an expanded live horn has been added to the mix.
Straight after the Leeds festival, the band drove to the remote Baked House studios near the Norfolk coast. With a mission to lay down two tracks for a limited edition 7" for sale on their November tour. The band have definitely got the thirst with an album planned for Spring 2014. This two-track single is a joint collaboration with the Music / Clothing label Yo-Silver. Released on the 11th of November 2014 as a download and limited tour 7" vinyl.
If you remember The Depot in Easton Bristol, a decade or so ago, you would have heard of DEATH ROW TECHNO the biggest south-west gabba techno crew! Death Row Techno was born in the early hazy days of the 1990s. It was a rebelisation of community people stuck into one squatty little area, who had been left to rot by the elected - from lack of community amenities, broken down environments and a demoralised youth. In a hundred different ways it represented different people, twisted minds, twisted machines and twisted lifestyles. They created their own sound, their own place - and they called it DEATH ROW TECHNO.
Taken from a small venue in Bristol to the mighty Sanctuary in Milton Keynes, the support grew and grew with the 100's strong DEATH ROW TECHNO posse getting stronger and bigger every time. Not forgetting the city's public houses banging out the gabba and DEATH ROW TECHNO support (with a special cheers going out to one of the DESTROYER's fave The Red Hart). DEATH ROW TECHNO grew with the support of Bristol districts Hartcliffe, Withywood, Whitchurch, Knowle and Stockwood. After which it got so big people knew of DEATH ROW TECHNO far and wide. By the end of the 90s, every raver in the UK had either heard of or been to a DEATH ROW TECHNO night.
If you want to hear the evolution of inner-city life, and what it is all about, then at DEATH ROW TECHNO you could just go on forever. The originator Pietro Kowalski aka THE DESTROYER is coming back, for a special one-off: 'PURE ENERGY - RETURN OF THE FALLEN' an all-nighter of DRT proportions. Bringing a twist of the old and new techno sounds for this decades jilted generation to get down to real hard-beat sounds, amongst tons of old skool techno ravers, eager to get back on the DRT dance-floor and lose themselves just one more time amongst like-minded techno heads. DEATH ROW TECHNO has always been a friendly place - because everyone shocked out - no time to chat with the beats banging and everyone flying!
Spanning pages 52-53 capturing the Richard Hakuylt stained glass image in Bristol's Cathedral for 'The Tudor guide to colonising the world' article.
Sadly, the image was only ever available via the printed format, but you can still read the full article by clicking the link below.
Saturday the 16th of July 2016 saw the opening of a vinyl record shop in Bedminster Bristol. Located on North Street, its opening has already caused a bit of a buzz amongst the locals as well as most of Bristol's vinyl-hungry monsters. Following vinyl's resurgence of late, this place gives finally an outlet to the wax disc that has never really left the minds, hands and hearts of generations of music lovers.
Tom (the owner) has an ethos of vinyl for everyone. He has set up so that the shop still has the crate-flipping feel of those hallowed places from years back, but he also wants to appeal to everyone who has an interest in vinyl music culture. With a buy and sell element, as well as encouraging music from all genres and tastes, he hopes it to be somewhere the novice to the master can feel at home. With just a few vinyl stores in Bristol still open, we all wish to this to be the start of a mark on Bristol culture that will be a port of musical enjoyment for all.
Check out the Facebook page to keep up to date on all that is happening in the meantime! Or get yourselves down to one of their nights like the Twin Peaks preview 'Damn fine coffee and a slice of cherry pie".
The history of rave has been a surprising evolution, of a state of mind of a generation, into what is now a sizeable chunk of the public economic market. No one even bats an eyelid anymore when an old raving organisation is re-packaged as a dance music brand, or even questions the re-sell of names or the lack of adherence to the originals.
Rather than opposing the politics and ethics of the years that legally repressed many peaceful human beings, it has developed some strange practices to sustain a presence in this highly capitalised era of the scene. Many genres and sub-genres have notorious politics of their own, often dominating and hindering the co-existence and positive evolution of what rave stood for. Though all of this is too often quickly forgotten.
What on earth does this have to do with raving you may ask? Well, nothing really but everything at the same time. Understanding from a long-toothed perspective how things are, really answers a lot of the questions inevitably surfacing within the present dance music scene at the moment.
Like many ravers, we get overjoyed, excited, and welcome the return of the mighty rave organisations from yesteryear, especially when they stop off in Bristol's fine soil. Expecting a tinkle or knock on the door from some old friends, I eagerly anticipated hearing the first bit of news of these old raving giants. Time oddly passes and as the waves remain silent I decided to seek, what I was becoming to think, was a mirage of post-raving days.
So before any of you old-school ravers get excited and ready to pay to revisit your rose-tinted memories please be less hasty. For those of you just breaking into this scene; be as you are, think as you are, be who you are, and in doing that, you will get the same vibe and memories we did way back when. Chasing a brand to re-live an ideology that has an appealing package was what we were all running from not to!
So be the next generation of ravers, not consumers, and in 10 - 20 years' time will be able to tell old raving stories with as much passion as you hear today.
PEACE, LOVE, UNITY, AND RESPECT TO YOU ALL AND PLEASE RECOGNISE THE WHOLE HUMAN RACE AS ONE.
CHANGING WAYS & FRIENDS DROPPED into the BBC1XTRA studio (home of the LIVE LOUNGE) hear more from Seb and the crew here!:
"So yesterday (Saturday 22nd February 2014) DJ Dotty (South West Squad and F8ality Sounds), Jay Unearthed (Hevix Recordings, Team Hevix and Unearthed Promos), DJ Pigeon (Hevix Recordings, Team Hevix and Unearthed Promos), MC Fader and myself took a little road trip the good old BBC. This trip was as part of BBC Radio 1's and 1Xtra's Access All Areas month and our part of it was the chance to record a one-hour podcast of well whatever the hell we want. In this, we showcase tracks from up-and-coming artists across the South West of England and also a little something from some Scottish Hip-Hop heads, and it doesn't stop there. Out of the blue, the BBC managed to call in the one and only Friction into the studio to do a little off-the-cuff interview with us and also have a good laugh at the same time!"