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Hot on the heels of our booming 2010 kick-off, we're back at E2's sleaziest rave-hole The Russian for more two-room, cross-genre skulduggery - now with extra subs. Musically, it's business as usual, with three of the UK's most exciting underground selectors primed and ready to let rip, plus added basement firepower from Ali Macdonald and his Ghetto crew.
Headlining is London's perpetually on-the-ball D&B mogul Kasra, whose Critical Recordings imprint has been responsible for some of bass music's most forward-thinking manoeuvres, bringing the likes of Rockwell and Stray to the world's attention, and releasing a string of peerless 12s from top-dog junglists Breakage, Calibre, SpectraSoul and Survival to name but a few. A seasoned DJ and increasingly pervasive producer, Mr Mowlavi was, sadly, unable to make our November birthday bash (boohoo), but it's all good as we welcome him along to help get us rolling for our third consecutive year at The Russian. Second up is a man who's been making all the right noises in dub-minded UK club music: Joe Kowton, aka Narcossist. With releases on Blackdown's imperious Keysound Recordings as well as the quietly superlative Clandestine Cultivations, he's already marked himself out as one of Bristol's hottest upstarts, gracing FACT mag with a lush mix of deeper house and techno that pricked many a discerning ear, and generally keeping things impressively heads down. Nice one. Finally, hot on the heels of his spiffing We Rock Non-Stop EP, we've got the Cultivated Electronics bossman Sync 24 dropping in to spin cartload of the rawest electro this side of Detroit. Representing the side of the genre unafflicted by dayglo shades and crack-chafing jeans, he'll be delivering more jacking breaks and pounding bass thank you can shake a cross-shaped taser at - which is all gravy by us.
MB, CB, Darkin and Foy are there as standard, whilst down in the basement, Ali Macdonald and Samual Parij - better know to eastside ravers as the minimalists - will be kicking off a brand new Ghetto residency that promises everything from house to techno through to freaked out jazz and funk, plus the odd special guest, with a strictly vinyl-only policy to boot. Respect. Entry remains locked at £5 post-11, or zilch if you make it down early, so do yourselves a favour and get on the case.
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