Air @ Cargo, London, Sat 5th April – Guests, Kraak and Smack (Live)
Over the last decade Ali B has held down residencies at two of London’s most infl uential clubs; The Blue Note and Fabric. He spent his teens working at the Acid Jazz label and then as a DJ, went on to host a weekly radio show on Capital FM for fi ve years. Alongside compilations for Fabric, Global Gathering, Y4K and his own Air Recordings label, Ali’s artist productions include tracks with The Jungle Brothers and remixes for the likes of Positiva, Multiply, Sony and Cheeky. He has toured extensively through Asia, North America, Europe and Australasia taking him, and his sound to an international audience. His London based Air nights have been running for nearly 11 years, helping to pioneer the worldwide breaks scene and single handedly taking it to a wider audience through large scale Air arenas at festivals such as Global Gathering, HiFi, Glastonbury and Future Music (Australia).
Kraak & Smaak (Live)
This Seven piece funk phenomenon from the Netherlands have been winning over audiences across the continent. Their last few singles have received heavy support from the likes of Radio One’s Pete Tong, Zane Lowe and Rob Da Bank. Since releasing their debut album Boogie Angst they have played over 200 live shows, they’ve been hailed by I-DJ as a “Must see live band” they’ve supported the stadium-rocking Faithless on their European tour and played some of the most prestigious gigs in the USA including Coachella Festival and SXSW. Kraak & Smaak’s second album Plastic People will be released in the UK on April 7th through Jalapeno Records. Don’t miss their second appearance for Ali B’s Air night at Cargo.
At the band’s core are Stephen Baxter and Lee Richardson. Between them they have been responsible for a number of releases across labels such as TCR, Solokov Sounds and Air Recordings which has gained them huge support amongst scene leaders. Alongside guest appearances on Annie Nightingale’s Radio 1 Show and Jay Cunning’s Kiss 100 show, Diverted also host their own regular slot on NSB Radio. Their latest single has already been picking up support from the likes of The Plump DJs, Lee Coombs and Meat Katie. The club bruiser, ‘Frederick’ and the lush down-tempo ‘Summer Hiding’ will be available for general release in early 2008 through Air Recordings and is a taster of what to expect on Diverted’s forthcoming debut album, due for release in autumn 2008.
In a very short space of time, Janette Slack has established herself as one of the hottest artists around. Her sound is rooted in electro, house and breaks which she delivers with an infectious energy. She mastered her native Hong Kong with residencies throughout 2000-2001, took on gigs across the rest of the world, and is now based in London. Her debut release on Air Recordings (‘Shake & Play’/ ‘Red Ramona’) caused quite a stir amongst Tastemakers and even entered the cool cuts chart when it was released in 2007. She even fi nds time to write regularly for Mixmag alongside a busy DJ schedule that has already seen her tour Australia in early 2008.
Mr No Hands
Every now and again an artist like Mr No Hands comes along breathing fresh air into proceedings with an unconventional approach to production and performance. Dave Clough aka Mr No Hands, a name inspired by his love for BMX tricks, is fast emerging as a creative force to be reckoned with. 2008 sees the launch of his new forward thinking video-MP3 label, No Handed Music, with each release accompanied by one of his trademark animated fi lms. Through his Myspace, who regularly feature him on their front page and his Youtube channel he has already enlisted an army of fans who regularly look forward to viewing his latest capers, which are typically crafted in a modernist lo-fi Lowry style, without the bad weather and the drab colours.
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