After an extended Christmas break we kick off 2012 with a bang back at the Rhythm Factory. Topping the bill is Bok Bok, co-founder of the Night Slugs imprint which has been influential in shaping our tastes since its inception. His show on Rinse, often back to back with L-vis 1990 or another member of the Night Slugs family, is also pretty much our favourite show on the station, where Alex’s blend of old school house, grime and whatever you call the bass heavy music coming out of London now encapsulates the mood of the city perfectly.
2011 was a big year for him with both a solo ep on his own label as well as the excellent collaborative effort with another artist we admire (Tom Trago) and we are happy to have him finally play. Check out a track from their Night Voyage Tool Kit ep: http://bit.ly/AgBKHM
Alongside Bok Bok will be our residents Ill Blu, the South West London duo who were one of the frontrunners of the Uk Funky scene along side producers like Roska and Funkystepz. Looking to build upon the success of last year’s releases on Hyperdub and Numbers, which reached many critics’ end of year charts, they have
been locked in the studio for some months now. Expect some very exciting material from them soon on labels we can’t talk about, but in the meantime check out their recent mix for Bridging the Gap: http://bit.ly/ulVJll
Warming up proceedings will be Hessle Audio’s Elgato. Though he doesn’t have many releases to his name, with just a single ep and complication track to date, the quality of his production is outstanding and 2010’s Blue is still one of our favourite tracks the label has released. Listen here: http://bit.ly/yhcwRM
This time sound tracking our back room will be our old friends from Juno Plus - a London based online editorial hub affiliated with Juno Records and Juno Download focusing on championing the best music that enters the doors of Juno HQ every week: http://bit.ly/Ajs6nU It’s one of the first places we go when we want to discover some new music or look for inspiration, so expect the freshest of the fresh combined with a few cheeky white labels and those underrated B sides all night long.