On Saturday 5th September, FACT is hosting its second party to date at Cargo, with a line-up reflecting the magazine's street-level involvement with the cutting edge of UK club music: Groove Chronicles, Floatingpoints + Fatima (live), The Heatwave + Riko and Shortstuff.
FACT is one of the most respected music websites in the world, committed since its 2003 inception to championing new music of all stripes - from the defiantly underground to the unabashedly pop. Its website (www.factmagazine.co.uk) attracts thousands of discerning visitors every day, and is an unbeatable source of news, features, video, exclusives mixes and downloads.
Headlining proceedings are the legendary GROOVE CHRONICLES. Founded in London in 1996 by Noodles, the Groove Chronicles label/collective quickly established itself at the vanguard of club music, releasing a series of phenomenal tracks engineered by EL-B. A distillation of R&B, jungle, broken beat and house influences, their ‘Stone Cold' is widely regarded as the creative high watermark of UK garage. Burial had this to say about it:
"The first time I heard ‘Stone Cold' I was just like "f**k...' That tune is still going around my head from the first time I heard it. And those drums: they're still the future. It's not a lost art - people still don't know how to do those drums."
Noodles continues to operate the Groove Chronicles / DPR label, releasing new music alongside archive classics. El-B has had a profound influence on dubstep, and his work was celebrated in The Roots of El-B, a recent compilation from Tempa, home to Skream and Benga. Noodles and El-B are absolute heroes of British dance music, and to have them playing an extended b2b set is a massive, massive coup.
FLOATINGPOINTS might just be the most talked-about artist in dance music right now. A multi-talented DJ, producer and bandleader, he's been championed by Gilles Peterson and Mary Anne Hobbs and released a series of hugely acclaimed singles that traverse UK garage, deep house, dubstep and hip-hop. He'll be appearing tonight with live vocalist Fatima.
THE HEATWAVE, AKA Gabriel Myddleton, is arguably London's finest and most innovative dancehall DJ. Recently he's been exploring the shared ground between UK Funky and heavy Jamaican rhythms, developing a hybrid style that sounds like the future. For this set he's joined by MC RIKO. One of grime's biggest stars, and a member of Wiley's Roll Deep crew, Riko has collaborated with the likes of Geeneus, DJ Target and Dusk & Blackdown.
SHORTSTUFF runs the Blunted Robots label with Brackles and is one of the hottest names in dubstep right now. Expect a superlative, next-level mix of speaker-bashing dubstep, UK funky and 2-step from his DJ set.
Like the online magazine, FACT at Cargo is absolutely essential.