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Lower East launched in the Summer of 2010. It was the result of a coming together of 3 likeminded friends: Cozzy D, Lee Brinx and Ed Kane (Kanio/Dexter Kane). All established members of the London scene in their own right, they combined forces to create a label with one simple ethos: quality electronic music. Whilst the idea itself is unified, the influences are vast. Disco, Techno, Garage, Hip-Hop, Drum and Bass, Jazz, 80's and Soul all inspire Lower East's subtle blend of 4/4 beats. Notable artists on Lower East include: Lee Foss, Gavin Herlihy, Uner, Nima Gorji, Pezzner, Richie Ahmed and Death on the Balcony."
LEE BRINX (Lower East)
Lee’s an eighties child and his interest in music started at a young age growing up to his parents soundtrack of Motown, Soul and Rare Groove.
Over the years Lee’s musical direction has diversified, but a love of garage grooves and deep beats complimented by melodic bass lines has developed consistently to be very resonant in his sound.
Playing in local clubs he secured a residency whilst still in his teens, and after an impromptu holiday to Ibiza for the Millennium, the natural progression saw him set out with his records to hit the White Isle the following summer.
This resulted in a residency at the infamous Milk Bar and appearances at El Divino and Es Paradis. Following summers in Ibiza helped Lee to cement his musical career and has lead to appearances in the likes of Privilege, Space and The Zoo.
These seasons were fundamental in carving out a musical path for Lee, however his feet are now firmly on the ground in London. He continues to play across the Capital and is a firm fixture within the East London clubbing community. This can be confirmed by his residency for Creche, recently voted one the best club nights of 2011 by Mixmag.
Lee also runs a party in Kent, OFF KEY. Started in April 2009 as a bank holiday sunday day time affair it has been hailed as “One of the best outdoor events in the UK” by DJ Mag. The A list line ups have included the likes of Sasha, Seth Troxler and Jamie Jones.
June 2010 saw the launch of Lee’s label Lower East alongside Cozzy D & Ed Kane (www.lower-east.com). Their monthly releases have so far seen Lee's music remixed by the likes of Uner, Nima Gorji, Robert James and WiLDKATS. With a recent release on Hot Creations off shoot, Hot Waves and a remix on Deconstruction scheduled for early 2012, the future is looking interesting for this rising London star.
Cozzy D (Lower East)
The creative mind plays with the objects it loves. London’s underground electronic scene therefore has been littered with the ideas, designs and impulses of Cozzy D for over a decade now. His tireless work as producer, DJ, promoter and label owner has embedded his influence throughout every annex of the scene, thus yielding a far-reaching impact on dance music culture as a whole. Not only establishing himself as an essential artist through prolific productions and immersive DJ sets, Cozzy has also managed to help inspire a new generation of dance music enthusiasts through his record label and successful parties; revealing him as an instrumental part of London reclaiming its strong identity within the scene once again.
Pushing an eclectic take on deep house and techno, Cozzy’s music is emblazoned with soul and musicality backed up with potent basslines and expertly crafted beats. Quickly gaining him a reputation as a revered music maker, his versatile productions have seen release on prestigious labels such as Real Tone, Four:Twenty, 1Trax & Lower East, the imprint he runs alongside Lee Brinx and Dexter Kane. At the start of 2012, Cozzy cemented his place at the forefront of a movement with the magnificent ‘Mythical Mystery’ EP on Lower East. Featuring the lush, tripped out jam ‘Aphrodite,’ the EP displays Cozzy’s ability to go far beyond the dancefloor and delivers a lasting musical snapshot of his time and place.
As label co-owner, Cozzy presided over Lower East as it became one of the capital’s most celebrated underground labels throughout 2011. The imprint played a huge role in the revival of London-centric house and techno by unleashing a plethora of the city’s most promising emerging talents to the world. Artists like Alexis Raphael, Wildkats, Max Chapman and James Pople joined Lee Brinx, Dexter Kane and Cozzy himself on the label to raise the bar for all London based producers. Mixing home-grown talent with the best from abroad, Lower East have broadened their horizons further with the addition of international stars such as Lee Foss, Richy Ahmed and Puente & Rosch whose anthemic ‘This Feeling’ became an instant DC-10 hit.
Cozzy also co-runs acclaimed Sunday party Crèche with Alexis Raphael. Already recognised as one of London’s biggest parties, Crèche will take its diverse sound and unbeatable atmosphere to a unique collection of both intimate and large-scale spaces throughout the year ahead. 2011 saw the party branch out into Ibiza, hosting parties at Delano Beach Club whilst venturing into ‘The Big One’ series of parties back in London. Recent guests have included Jamie Jones, Damian Lazarus, Kerri Chandler, Maya Jane Coles and Shonky, not to mention residents Alexis Raphael and Cozzy who brings his inimitable DJ style with him to fuse deep house with a hint of nu-disco, techno and old skool garage vibes to subtlety build the crowd into frenzy.
A multi-faceted artist that truly understands underground culture, Cozzy D is not only carving out his own place in musical history, but helping those around him to create their own too. With each of his impressive projects going from strength to strength, his is a name that looks set only to grow in reputation and stature. The only question is just how far he can reach!
DAN MARCIANO (Cream Couture / Electronique)
LEE BRINX (Lower East)
Cozzy D (Lower East)
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