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Gibb Street Sessions Presents...Kissy Sell Out
Gibb St Sessions opens up the beginning of the final weekend in May with a line-up focused on the more hedonistic strains of house and electro. Continuing the recent focus on all forms of the dance music spectrum, the venue once again opts for a bulging talent quota that leans effervescently towards artists and DJs with a penchant for stepping outside the usual constraints and restrictions of genre baggage.
Topping the bill will be Kissy Sell Out, an enigmatic presence who remains one of the most talked about DJs and artists in dance music. Since his explosion in 2006 Kissy has always been one step ahead of the curve; his fondness of two step garage pre-dated any of the post-dubstep ruminations currently delighting the dance media and he was invited onto an Oxford University debate on the merits of classical music in the modern climate. A cliché driven Dj he is not.
He will be ably assisted by Dutch lynchpin Don Diablo, whose musical endeavours have held him as one of the lynchpins of the feted ‘Dutch House’ sound. He’s worked with the likes of Example, Dragonette and Diplo, creating a style that is immediate, full-on and always capable of inducing fist-pumping euphoria. His remix savvy has also ensured interpretations come thick and fast for the likes of Gorillaz, Cassius and Chemical Brothers, with a djing style that reflects this penchant for blood curdling beats and monstrous hooks.
Northern badboy Doorly is next up, an artist who continues to rack up plaudits and create mind-boggling surprise in even the most news weary of dance fans. As resident at Ibiza Rocks and reclaim the Dancefloor, he’s developed a sound that mines in equal parts the hypnotic grooves of dance as it readily as the hooky feel of pop and indie. It’s this ability which saw him signed up to remix Nikki Minaj, joining her for her staggering live performance as part of Nokia’s Luminar launch in Times Square. But don’t worry; he’s still at home dropping eclectic electronic sets in basements and warehouses across the grimier aspects of club culture.
Union are the final act of the show, the frenetic duo who are already saddling up to have something of an emphatic impact upon the globe. Their riot inducing template has been a fixture of their student focused clubnights, which in themselves became the biggest in the country with a highly feted residency at Fabric. Throw in appearances at Creamfields, SW4, Global Gathering and Cream Ibiza, with Bloc, Fatboy Slim’s Big Beach Boutique and High Definition all forthcoming, and you’re talking about a seriously talented pair of DJs.
Elixir Social will be hosting the second room, who over the last two years have strived to bring something new to Birmingham, exploring the different sounds and textures of the rapidly growing UK bass scene. Expect to hear Roska, Joy O, Dark Sky, Mosca, Jamie XX, L-Vis 1990, French Fries, DVA and many more. www.facebook.com/Elixirsocialtv
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