Wbeeza, BLM, Ben Hunter, Chris Thomas, Joey P, Mikey H
CITY BASS CHRISTMAS PARTY
Wbeeza [Third Ear]
BLM [Fear Of Flying]
+ City Bass DJs
Wbeeza (pronounced double-u-beeza) is 25 year old Warren Brown from Bermondsey, South London.
Wbeeza's unique sound takes in the history and lineage of 20 years of house music and techno with a fresh twist which comes from growing up and living in Peckham, South London. His productions have a striking balance of jacking basement vibes with swinging jazz grooves and tough acid tinges. Wbeeza's killer live set is particularly refined, balancing the power of motorized techno with organic rolling polyrhythms, bringing some much-needed freshness to the capital's dance music scene. When playing live, Wbeeza is generally not mixing tracks. Instead he is creating music on the fly from beats and pieces to create a largely improvised performance that is different every night. Crowds at Free Rotation festival, secretsundaze, Tape Club and Watergate in Berlin have already been rocked by his set.
Signed to Guy McCreery's Third Ear Recordings, which has long been forging the link between London and Detroit through their ongoing and highly regarded Detroit Beatdown series, Wbeeza has found the perfect home for his sound. Garnering international acclaim, including support from Stacey Pullen, Michel Cleis, Dixon, Ame, Steve Bug, Jus Ed, Levon Vincent, Delano Smith, Mr Scruff, & many many others..."
Deep, grooving, already with an individual voice, and definitely kicking, this is the House Sound of London.
BLM (aka Ben Micklewright) came through the ranks from bedroom DJ at 15 listening to 2-step and garage, he admits to still dropping the occasional 4/4 garage bomb in his sets even now with Todd Edwards and the Kerri Chandler-produced Kamar particular stalwarts. Originally from Oxford, During a formative stint at the Midlands’ respected Massive Records he met Jay Robinson, with whom he now runs the much respected Fear Of Flying label. Through their friendship his love of house took root. Ben’s musical scope widened during a sound engineering degree and a move to Nottingham, where he spun at the city’s then-key clubs.
Now based in London and with the label approaching 5 years and 50 releases, BLM is now finding the time to spread his wings and release with fellow Underground labels. First beginning to experiment in the studio in 2004, it was the launch of the label that allowed him to carve out his own stylish sound undaunted by trends and fashion. Tracks such as the techy Believe In Love, the sublime Gyms Are For Pussies and the Balearic-tinged deep house of Oi Pedro, Do You Do Chips have seen him bubbling under as a producer and helped build Fear of Flying’s status as one of the most consistent labels around. From the ever intriguing work of Schatrax to the fresh sounding Romanian beats that pepper the label’s discography, BLM’s willingness to support producers that think outside the box is clearly evident. Such is the respect of the label that it was able to re-release Sanasol’s Villalobos cained Tambourine Man.
BLM’s idiosyncratic take on deep, minimal house [whether it be the garage influence clearly evident in his work or the irreverent track titles] is a breath of fresh air from the earnest posturing of many a serious producer. And the label’s other core artists [Leif to Pawas to Cally] also tread their own individual paths yet nonetheless manage to compliment both BLM and Fear of Flying’s approach. Together they form a well-matched collective. Lazy dance music by numbers it definitely isn’t.
Saturday 22nd December
£10 all night