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Krankbrother Halloween Loft Party with Shonky & Matt Tolfrey photo gallery
After 3 massively hyped parties over the summer, krankbrother return on October 28th for a big bad HALLOWEEN FANCY DRESS LOFT PARTY. We’ve wanted to do a freaky Halloween bash ever since we’ve been throwing parties, so we’re delighted to finally put one on for you. As always with krankbrother, the venue is going to be a bit special and we're pleased to have finally managed to secure an incredible and huge loft space overlooking one of London's largest graveyards. Although we won’t be announcing the venue until the day before the event, rest assured that it’s the best loft we've seen in London and we're pleased to be the first to get our hands on it.
As per usual it will be decorated to the max with spooky fittings, not to mention a Funktion One soundsystem and quality lights and visuals. They’ll also be some surprise perfomers…So come down and get your FREAK ON PEOPLE!
Joining us behind the decks as headliner, we’ve secured a long term target – Freak n Chic’s main man Shonky. From DC10 to Rex Club to Fabric, the man can effortlessly funk up any dancefloor. And playing alongside Shonky will be another hugely respected household name – London’s very own Matt Tolfrey, who manages to head up the excellent Leftroom Records as well as constantly touring the world with his unique brand of deep and soulful house music. The krankbrothers will also be hitting up a scarily awesome support set.
Now to the acts in more detail:
Immersing himself in the rave scene in Paris, Shonky’s musical roots were originally found at the “Batofar club”. It was the deep house, soul and funk infused sounds hailing from the mid-90s West Coast house scene (namely San Francisco and San Diego) and the historical Chicago house movement that left an everlasting impression on his future. Inspired by pioneering deep house figures such as Gemini and Kerri Chandler, Shonky has dubbed his own innovative style of mixing, writing and producing.
Shonky has been one of the hottest stars on the scene since 2008, with big releases on Freak n’Chic and Contexterrior. His hit tracks “Carnage” & “Coco Feel and Love Shonk,” unmistakably portray this development and expansion within his production, marking a musical crossroads in his passage towards a new sound – one that revealed sonically groovier house dimensions infused with stronger vocal representation. Critics and fans alike have celebrated this new direction with admiration and enthusiasm. The result was a lighter feeling, less minimal with the same hypnotic overtones.. “He’s a natural talent,” raves Ghenacia. “I know when he does something it’s going to be perfect.”
Among those clamoring for his services are clubs like DC10, Space, Zoo project (Ibiza), Goa (Madrid) , Mac Arena Beach (Barcelona) , Rex Club (Paris), Mulletover and Fabric (London), Panorama Bar, Der visionnaer & Watergate (Berlin) & Harry Klein (Munich) to name but a few.
Matt Tolfrey’s tireless devotion and relentless energy have taken him to a stage where he is beginning to shape the musical world around him. Having learnt his trade warming up for the biggest players in house and techno he now heads up a clutch of burgeoning labels, cherry picking the finest talent he encounters on his global DJ travels. As a DJ and label boss Matt joins the dots between old-school values and the cut and thrust of today’s music scene. His energy and desire to raise himself above his peers is now recognised by clubs world wide. With Panorama Bar (Berlin), D Edge (Sao Paolo), Rex (Paris) and Warehouse 702 (Tokyo) all falling for the wobble and bounce that characterises Matt’s unique style. Regular visits stateside culminated in 2010, headlining the notorious Need I Say More party, which kicks off after DEMF at Old Miami, presided over by the Visionquest party boys. The second US Leftroom excursion lands in late 2011.
Known to record buyers through his family of labels, Leftroom, Leftroom Ltd and Left’d as well as the edits label Foot and Mouth, he has released bombs from the likes of Jamie Jones, Pablo Cahn and Lee Curtiss over the 5 year history of the imprint. Tracks such as Audiojack’s ‘Robot’ in 2006 and Ito & Star’s ‘Sudoko Kid’ in 2007 and the Skream remix of MarcAshken’s Roots Dyed Dark, also in 2007 became stand up classics after being unearthed by Leftroom. With Matt on the decks, future classics in this league are usually just a mix away, holding resolutely to his mantra – not to release a track he would not play.
This is a man whose sound and attitude fits the krankbrother ethos perfectly, and we’re delighted to welcome him to join us for Halloween.