Line-up /Room 1:
Sandy Rivera (6 Hour Set)
Hadar (Live PA)
Hosted by Freerange Records
Milton Jackson (Freerange / Glasgow Underground)
Jimpster & Palmskin (The Bays)
Hosted by Funka Fellas
One of house music's all-time greats, Sandy Rivera returns to Turnmills this Autumn to present his 2nd exclusive BLACKWIZ party and a very special 6 Hour Set. The afro-haired Rivera is also of course the man behind Kings of Tomorrow and it's under this much-loved moniker that's he's brought us such dancefloor bombs as Finally, Don't Stop, Dreams, Changes and I Can't Stop. Blackwiz meanwhile is the name of Sandy’s record label – which he first launched back in 1994 originally as a hip hop label. 12 years on, Sandy is breathing new life into the label with this hot new London residency and new wave of music. Look out for a very special Live PA on the night from the artist Hadar – who’ll be performing 2 tracks; Three Days (as featured on Sandy’s new Renaissance compilation) and I Can Feel It, which will feature on Sandy’s forthcoming artist album The Night (released later this year).
It was back in 2002 that Sandy first found fame under the name Kings of Tomorrow guise, with the release of ‘Finally’ – which is regarded as one of the greatest house tracks ever made. ‘Finally’ hit the top of every dance chart around the world, making Sandy an instant star overnight. “The success of Finally was kind of weird,” admits Sandy. “It was like the longest build up ever to a club anthem. People like Frankie Knuckles and Tony Humphries had been playing it for a year or so, often as the last record of the night, but it took a long time to really hit people.” And hit them it did. ‘Finally’ became one of the biggest-selling dance records of that year – a gold-plated house music anthem which picked up a clutch of gongs, including Muzik magazine’s Tune of the Year. Sandy has also produced many more dancefloor classics in his time such as the deep n’ devastating bass lines of ‘Don’t Stop’, ‘Dreams’ and ‘You’ve Been On My Mind’, or the soulful ‘I Hear My Calling’, ‘I Can’t Stop’ and ‘Young Hearts’. Then there’s ‘Changes’; which like Finally, still remains an essential crowd-pleaser. The Defected artist has also reached new heights more recently with his multi-selling ‘Trouble’ album, which spawned yet another cult single in ‘6am’.
Back to the programme now. So with Sandy working the floor in the main room with support from Andy Daniell, over in T2 the super-cool London label Freerange Records will be your hosts for a night of deep and twisted jackin’ underground house music. Freerange are held in high esteem by clubbers, DJs and critics alike, and their blend of dancefloor electronica is infused with jazz, funk and hip hop influences as well as having a distinctly leftfield edge. Artists as diverse and respected as Switch, Jesse Rose, Kirk Degiorgio, Jake Childs, Trevor Loveys and Mike Monday are among those who have contributed to the label and with a pedigree like this it’s no wonder Freerange are one of the hottest labels around for those in the know. They’ll be bringing their vibe to the dancefloor with residents Jimpster and Palm Skin at the helm. Jimpster aka Jamie Odell is the head honcho at Freerange, and together they are both members of highly acclaimed live band The Bays. Completing the line-up will be very special guest Milton Jackson - one of the leading lights on the Glasgow underground house scene.