Alteration is back on September 17th with the return of renowned DJ, Producer and Commercial Suicide label boss, Klute!!!
KLUTE (Commercial Suicide - UK)
Unlike many of his contemporaries, the musical career of Tom Withers began way before the sounds of drum and bass or even hardcore had first emerged. As Tommy Stupid he fronted skate punk outfit The Stupids and took the band on tours of Europe, the USA and Australia during the late 1980s before venturing into electronic music and starting his own solo career. From acid house and techno he made a natural progression into rave and then hardcore before playing his first gigs as a drum and bass DJ around 1996. Throughout his career, he’s always been happy to let his rebel roots show and has never been afraid to buck the trend. His ability to combine a multitude of influences in his music, from techno to thrash to dub, with punk attitude is Klute’s trademark.
Klute’s early forays into jungle brought several outings on the seminal Certificate 18 label and a relationship grew that resulted in the release of his first artist album, ‘Casual Bodies’ in 1998. He went on to release a further album ‘Fear of People’ on Certificate 18 in 2000 before seeking a new home following the demise of the label. Initially fearing that no-one else would want to release his music, at time when the scene seemed to dominated by soundalikes and trend followers, Klute went his own and set up his own imprint.
Klute kicked off Commercial Suicide with the genre-defying classic ‘Tranceformat’ in 2001 and set the tone for the label that has since come to be held in the highest regard. Releases from the likes of Calibre, Digital, Spirit, Hive and Juju raised the label’s profile and helped build a reputation for varied output across the specturm of drum and bass, testing both musical boundaries and the dancefloor.
Equally at home whether playing at a Metalheadz night or mixing liquid styles with the Soul:r camp, Klute always brings a fresh and varied selection with the same high energy levels as his productions are known for. Never one to be pigeonholed, Klute’s sets cross styles as well as challenge boundaries and always please the dancefloor.
Plus, we keep bringing you pure US Original Quality with our Special Guest and Friend:
SOL. ID (Basswerk/Fokuz/Sudden Def/Future Thinkin' - Houston)
Many artists these days say they are doing “soulful” music, but really don’t know what that entails. Soul is not revamping the sound Calibre or MIST perfected at the turn of the century. Soul is not looping random Al Green records and proclaiming the sound of the future. Soul, as in anything else, is a feeling, and it is embedded deeply within many of the tones that emit from Sol.ID’s tracks.
Little is known about this beast from Texas. The scant facts are as follows: he is a classically trained saxophonist and percussionist, and has a great appreciation for many different styles of music. Gaining much praise from a project entitled "Autumn" (with production partner Lost Prophet), he stormed onto the scene, raking up a number of releases on Fokuz (and Fokuz LTD), including beauties like "It's Always About The Girl", "Yesterday" (a collaboration with ICR that was featured on the "Discoveries Of The Deep" LP in 2006), and "Redemption".
There's a quality that's best described as "deep" in each of their selections: while the funk and the hypnotic bass is always intact, the varying sounds throughout the tunes are what draws listeners in, whether it be a seductive bassline ("Refuge") to long-lost female vocals ("Dilated Times"), the emotion is there, etched forever within the vinyl. Now while Autumn's actual back catalogue might be smaller in comparison to many others, the accolades are vast, and have given way to tunes being snapped up left and right. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, though. Sol.ID is already working on scores of tunes, with collaborators like Kubiks & Lomax, Amaning, Mixmaster Doc, Stunna, Zyon Base, Saburuko, Theory, Pentagon & Ethix, Cybass and Sinistarr.
The other side to Sol.ID, the side gaining much recognition as of late, would be his status as an up and coming DJ. He’s already been featured on Random Movement Radio, as well as GFM UK’s “The Liquid Soul Show”, along with recording the December 2007 podcast for Rubik Records. His recent European tour went over nicely with thousands witnessing his unique funky style. When you check a Sol.ID set, be prepared: not only will the dubs be flying by fast and furious, but you will be privy to a true Soulful treatment, from one of the leading US producers of that real Soul vibe.
Being part of the new breed of US DnB producers might seem like a daunting task, but conversing with Sol.ID, he makes it sound easy. With an easygoing demeanor and an ear for what’s right both within the production and within the mix, there’s no telling how far he can truly go. Sky’s truly the limit; just make sure you keep an ear out to how far up this shooting star is destined to travel.
And your residents for the night:
ROD G (Poing Carres/FR, Team Ewok/NYC)
Born in mexico city - rodG's passion for music started at an early age influenced by the jazz, rock and classic sounds always filling the air back home...
Later on he discovered electronic music through the usual mainstream channels, then drum and bass came along. rodG started spinning DNB while living in Paris, circa 2004. He picked up the skills rather quickly and six months later was playing out. Then, he and the Poing Carre Crew started a brief but explosive series of monthlies on the "Paris Rive Droit" in small underground bars and venues, pioneering Jungle to now regular venues to the sound like the Zorba and the Deton-Bar.
Now a NYC inhabitant, rodG's been bred as an audio engineer working on music and audio for radio, tv and films. A quick 2 years after having moved to the big apple he joined The - now defunct but always legendary - Secret Night of Science as a resident DJ and promoter. Since, he has shared bills and booths with some quite big acts such as Klute, Marcus Intalex, Fabio, Atlantic Connection, Ed Rush & Optical, Dieselboy, DB and Dara just to name a few. A producer in diapers, but with innovative ideas and pure focus on the sound, keeping his ears always open for fresh sounds, this is one name that should be soon around the labels.
KARTUNE w/IRENE MERRING (Team Ewok)
For the love... Marking his DJ debut, Kartune introduced his sounds to NYC @ Camouflage in November 2007; less than a year after mixing his first records. The following month, this up and comer joined forces with the Telluric/Social Studies crew as a resident DJ for the soulful monthly drum n bass session, Let it Roll. He also sided with the infamous Team Ewok crew, who continue to be a rising force in the New York jungle community. Now he has partnered up with neo-soul vocalist Irene Merring. Together, the duo has delivered set after set of new and classic tunes filled with soulful energy and atmospheric sounds accompanied by angelic vocals and harmonies.
CORY JAMES AND ADRED (CTRL V)
Adred and Cory James are two producers that will break away from getting lost in the sea of those that sound the same. They are out to make quality music catered towards the "adult" side of drum and bass while smashing the dance in the process. Expect to see these two names more often in the near future.
Don't miss out!!!!
Thursday September 17th
10pm-4am / 21+
$10 B4 Midnight / $15 After
218 Sullivan St