Matt Rhythm [Rhythm Plate/Bleep District], Pete Dafeet [Lost My Dog/Robsoul], Ben Parkinson [BOE/Elevate], Alex Rajkovic [Slo Jam/MassTransit]
Matt Rhythm [ Bleep District / Lost My Dog / Winding Road / DIY ]
In 2004 a crack rhythm unit was sent to prison by a military court for a library fine they didn't pay on time. These men promptly escaped from a minimum security stockade to the Nottingham underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as producers of deep underground house music. If you have a remix, if no one else can help, and if you can afford them, maybe you can hire... Bleep district
Coming straight out of leftfield, bleep district have exploded onto the deep house scene like a musical gas leak. Their quirky, chunky, dancefloor orientated beats on respected labels such as Winding Road, Replay and Kolour have seen them gaining support from top djs all around the globe. Forthcoming releases on ornate music and Amenti should only
Enhance their reputation.
Make no mistake about it, Matt Powell is the brains behind this outfit - this man has production skills metaphorically coming out of his ears. Working alongside him you have his musical partner in crime, the inappropriately nicknamed matt rhythm. Possessing an unerring ear for a groove, some seriously nimble keyboard skills and an ability to spot a
Usable sample at ten paces that is borderline autistic, rumour has it he
Spends his spare time pressing random buttons as one half of deep house
Antiheroes Rhythm Plate.
Rhythm Plate consist of Matt Rhythm and Ant Plate who hail from the beautifully backward peak district town of Matlock. They first met at school where it quickly became apparent that they had the same make of orthopaedic shoe, meaning they quite literally got off on the right foot. This, combined with their mutual love of shoplifting, warm real ale and bad puns meant that they were soon finalising a plan for musical stardom.
Their reputation as musical visionaries soon began to spread due to their infamous 'Derbyshire cubs and brownies DJ tour' which culminated in an all-dayer at Starkholmes village hall. This fact alone would have made the front page of the Matlock Miracle Newspaper were it not for one young raver drinking too much kia-ora and having to be stomach pumped.
After conquering the bourgeoning pub scene in Matlock these boompty bumpkins decided to think a bit bigger - releasing on such heavyweights as mantis, winding road, DiY, lost my dog, bluem, flat & round and procreation. As well as this they have also remixed/ruined tunes by respected artists such as atjazz, inland knights, hanna, BRS, brooks and pete dafeet.
Should the need arise they also DJ, using the transpeak bus service to carry their much sought after cassette single collection to gigs. Expect house, disco, funk, soul, waltz and whatever else they can get from charity shops. At present plate sells deep house insurance and rhythm is a dancer.
Pete Dafeet [ Lost My Dog / Robsoul / Southside Shuffle ]
Lost My Dog was formed by Pete Dafeet, Strakes, and Najan Ward in 2005. In a very short space of time Lost My Dog grabbed the attention of the world's leading DJs, press and the record buying public with their fresh and unique approach to underground house music. Within their first year iDJ magazine had tipped the label as one of the "100 reasons why dance music still rules", going further to say that Lost My Dog was one of the "most exciting house labels to emerge from the UK recently". DJ Magazine followed suit stating "this label has been one of the most inspiring over the year for me so far".
Refusing to be pigeon-holed into any specific sub genre of house music, Lost My Dog releases range from deep house grooves, through Chicago influenced jackers, to acid and tech house floor rockers. Put succinctly by DJ Mag, "Lost My Dog release vibrant house music with balls of steel". Producers who have worked with Lost My Dog include the legendary Jay Tripwire, Greenskeepers, Julian Sanza (2020 Soundsystem), Jay West, Harold Heath, YSE (Rhythm Plate), Tommy Largo, Matt J and a whole host of others, not forgetting of course, the label's own Pete Dafeet.
Pete is an all round nice chap and a very good DJ... And as he's freshly back from a tour of duty at Barcelona's excellent Sonar Festival (with the aforementioned Matthew Rhythm), so we'll be expecting some kind of castanet-based dance routine later on in the night.
Ben Parkinson [ BOE recordings / Artizan / Elevation ]
Good friend and all round gravy lover, Ben Parkinson is the brains and the brawn behind the increasingly awesome BOE recordings. Founded in 2007, Boe focuses on releasing modern underground house influenced by Detroit and Chicago. The label has featured output by some of house music's finest new exponents such as Kink, Burnski, Jonny Livewire, and the inimitable Kris Wadsworth from Detroit.
Ben is also a very excellent DJ and will be pushing that deep deep US sound with his own Rhubarb Triangle twist.
Alex Rajkovic [ Slo Jam / BOE party / Masstransit ]
Founder and resident of the Masstransit parties that ambled over several years from Cafe 1001 to various warehouses dotted around Shoreditch, Alex Rajkovic is currently focused on production and playing the occasional set of detroit beatdown and continental house for various outfits in the east-end of london; most notably for his pal Ben's BOE records residency at Roadtrip.
Slo Jam is a new project and one that will see booking from a wealth of weird and wonderful DJs and producers spanning the spectrum of slo-motion excitement.