Grum, Beni, Streetlife DJs, Lost Valentinos
KING OAF Parties are a new series of dance music events held by the Oxford Art Factory, which are irregular in timing, but 100% quality assured in terms of programming. In short, the Oxford Art Factory are holding these parties whenever we feel that there’s someone you absolutely need to hear.
The first event is on Friday 8th January 2010, and highlights the talents of a series of DJs from the renowned Kitsune and etcetc labels.
Scotsman Grum is a darling of the blogosphere, with Hype Machine recently calculating him to be the second most blogged about artist in the world (second to Radiohead!). He currently devastates dance floors around the world with a mash-up of French house, Italo-disco, new-wave, and soft rock, and has an extensive list of remix credits, including most recently his remix of Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’.
Local boy Beni is perhaps best known for his work with duo Riot In Belgium and his role as a member of beloved Sydneysiders The Bang Gang Deejays, however his latest solo project, signed to French label Kitsune has seen the warm international reception of his first single ‘My love Sees You’ as well as a string of big name remixes, and local acclaim in the form of heaving dance floors across Australia.
The third addition to the line-up is Stewart Rowell and Louis Gaston - otherwise known as the Streetlife DJs. They have over 25 years turntable experience between them, and a blatant disregard for music genres. The music they play has been described as fitting into a niche where Soulwax meets Coldcut meets Sasha and Digweed. There really isn't a musical boundary that the Streetlife DJs won't cross. A Streetlife set is like a charming and comprehensive course in the history of dance music - in one night! DJ Magazine quoted 'We love these guys because they rock...The UK's very own 2ManyDJs!' Now that's a tag they're not too unhappy about.
The other locals set to wipe the dance floor are Sydney favourites Lost Valentinos (playing a DJ set). The boys have worked with a formidable selection of dance music luminaries – Cut Copy, Kimberly Isaac Moyes (of The Presets), Nick Littlemore (PNAU, Empire of the Sun), Ewan Pearson and more, and their debut album ‘Cities of Gold’ has been critically acclaimed since its mid-2009 release. They describe their music as conquistadisco – and we reckon they’re well worth checking out.
Stay tuned for the next instalment in the _ _ _king OAF Parties – we promise they’ll be worth the wait!