Matt B (Koalakube)
Upstairs - Tripsters Lounge:
Ian O'Brien (Peacefrog Records)
After the bedlam that ensued at the launch party the samurai.fm crew are back for the next instalment of their monthly sessions with another massive line-up that makes you wonder how Thursday nights will ever be the same again.
Warming things up downstairs will be samurai residents caninesounds who’re really starting to roll this year with more and more appearances around the UK and some pretty special bootlegs in the pipeline, they’re definitely ones to watch in 2005.
Headlining the main room will be UK breaks stars and long time samurai Aquasky laying down some of the freshest breaks, working themselves up to some fierce drum and bass. A name synonymous with the UK breakbeat scene the trio are currently locked in the studio working on their latest album due out in the autumn but we've managed to persuade them out especially for this event. A quality set is always guaranteed from the Bournmouth based crew who, with luck will be previewing some exclusive top new tracks off their upcoming album.
Following Aquaksy with a laptop set will be samurai.fm’s Matt B, fresh back from a winter of gigs in Japan with his hard drive full of tunes and a fierce intent to rip it up with a rocking drum and bass set, he’s going to give you every reason to call in sick for work the next day.
Upstairs is a bleeps and beats with the Teqnicolor Sound show presenting Tripster and Echotropic who will be joined by Ian O’Brien.
Ian is one of the most revered contemporary producers of electronic music. His 1997 debut, ‘Desert Scores’, the man’s masterpiece, is still considered a landmark release by those who cherish his tech-jazz sound. Subsequent releases on Peacefrog Records have rooted his name deeply into the electronica scene with his upcoming album, his 4th long player out later this year looking set to continue this trend. For an evening of intricately crafted fine electronic sounds get there early and prepare to be amazed a rare London performance by Ian O’Brien in the intimate surroundings of the upstairs bar at Herbal.
Performing the near impossible feat of warming up to Ian is one Teqnicolor Sound’s Tripster and Echotropic. Famous for his spaced out sunsets at the legendary Sputnik Beach Bar near Tokyo relocation to London has given Tripster gigs at the Polish Love Parade and an upcoming slot alongside Stuart Walker, Talvin Singh and DJ Food at the Umami Encompass event.
So get ready for another evening of top drawer beats, bass and blips and don’t forget for even more reason to put the date in your diary you check out shows by all the artists online, on-demand, only on www.samurai.fm