Line-up /Ethyl (Freerange, Tsuba, Secretsundaze, Cecille)
Chris Mounter (I Records)
Matt Gray (Elite Records, Re:Tweak)
Andy Boscher (I Records)
¡SHAMBLES! is a new monthly club night showcasing the best in contemporary underground house music. We bring the most cutting-edge, interesting and talented artists from around the world to the best intimate venues around London.
For part two we are very lucky to be joined by the highly talented Ethyl. With releases on Tsuba, Secretsundaze, Freerange, Saints & Sonnets and more, this sort after DJ and producer is not to be missed in such an intimate venue. We will also be joined by our very own residents Matt Gray and Andy Boscher as well as very special guest Chris Mounter.
Hailing from the leafy home counties and connecting with music at a young age, Tim Hopgood AKA Ethyl, displays a musical knowledge and affinity for the groove far beyond his 25 years. Like many of today’s finest, while constantly looking forward, he has one eye placed firmly on the retrospective. First taking to the turntables at the age of 13 and gaining his first residency as soon as the law allowed at 18, Tim has tapped into the mentality of the dance floor, crafting impeccable selections for hypnotic effect. These skills have seen him win slots at the Capital's underground hotspots, across the UK and at Ibiza's most prestigious venues before a production had even dropped.
This synergy with the dance floor soon began to find its way from the decks to the studio, when after completing a sound engineering degree, he began to realise his own unique vision of house. Whether on solo excursions or in tandem with pals Flori or Huxley, productions that bear Ethyl’s name are raw joints, both sonically complex and rhythmically commanding. The eclectic approach of Ethyl's productions are maintained by a deep groove, with nods to early 90s US house & garage and effortless glimmers of Detroit.
Sassanids EP, Ethyl’s first production smash, with Huxley, on Cécille Numbers set the bar high and their follow up, The White EP on Tsuba sent the pair chugging rapidly up the house pile claiming lengthy number one spells at a handful of the world's most respected music outlets. Capping off an explosive production flurry with a release on the revered Freerange imprint, this time behind the desk with Flori, marked 2009 as a landmark year for him. 2010 and '11 saw a slew of releases on house purists Quintessentials, further releases on Tsuba and the odd anonymous project. Forthcoming is a release on the newly resurrected secretsundaze singles label.
Effortlessly leap-frogging the rat run of producers clamouring for labels, Ethyl’s natural affinity with the floor and devotion to sound design already place him among the hottest emergent talent. Now in highly in demand from the UK and Europe for his tightly programmed, smoothly mixed sets have already seen him share bills with the deep house elite and join a select group of DJs to have represented at London’s secretsundaze. Achieving so much in such a short space of time has not even dented Ethyl’s hunger, looking to push himself and his talents to the limit so as to share his vision of house with the world.
Chris is an up and coming producer and DJ worth keeping an eye on. Regularly warming up for the Hypercolour Losing Suki party's at Basing house he has caught our eye as a solid DJ, his recent EP on I Records isn't too shabby either.
A house music obsesser and highly talented producer, we are very proud to have this young aspiring DJ as one of our residents. With releases on Elite Records and Re:Tweak, a remix on Lost My Dog and forthcoming releases on VeryVeryWrongIndeed the future is looking bright for Matt. As a classically (and jazz) trained musician turned house and techno aficionado, he draws inspiration from an extremely wide range of musical forms. His productions are an unique blend of deep, grooving underground house (and sometimes shades of techno) music, influenced heavily by the early 90’s sounds of Chicago, Detroit and the acid house movement, with the occasional nod towards disco, funk, dub and even the odd jazz solo thrown in, harking back to his rich and varied musical education.
His DJ sets are also testament to the diversity of his musical background. He is known to take the audience on a journey from down-tempo funk and disco vibes through to house and sometimes to more techno orientated sounds when the time is right. It is through this that he has gained the ability to be able to come on as a guest DJ at any time of the day or night, and captivate a crowd of party people, keeping them moving until any time of the day or night, with his beloved house music being the dominant underlying force.
Making up the second half of our residency Andy is an up and coming DJ and Producer in his own right. With a collaboration on I Records under his belt and a long list of guest appearances in the UK this London based musical fanatic will surly not disappoint. Digging deep into the genres of forward thinking Techno, Tech House and Deep Minimal Andy continues to push boundaries as a DJ playing a mixture of new and old innovative electronic music.