‘When worlds collide…’
CHARADES x BASS DROP x RIOT CLUB
It wasn’t ever expected that the three teams listed above would work together. Having come from very different backgrounds and sounds, these three local brands all found common ground; An appreciation for the deeper soulful sounds of Drum & Bass.
Through a few discussions and bouncing around ideas, the opportunity to work together on this project presented itself and it was a unanimous decision that it must happen.
To bring to you an icon that we all love and respect, it had to happen as a team.
We are absolutely excited and proud to be presenting this special night with an absolute legend of DnB for an extended 4 hour set...LTJ BUKEM
LTJ Bukem Bio
Having an introduction to learning the Piano, Drums and Trumpet at a young age, as well as influences such as Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky from his parents, Danny Williamson was destined to create music that would push boundaries. You may know him as LTJ BUKEM.
A musical prodigy at a young age, he progressed through the piano grades at a swift rate and with a progressive music teacher at his side he soon discovered the sounds of Jazz Fusion, sounds that would later influence him as an artist and visionary. By the time the 80’s had rolled along, Bukem had discovered the joys of clubbing and by 1990 he had established himself as a DJ.
It was a break playing a main room set at one of the legendary RAINDANCE raves in 1990 where things became interesting for Bukem. A crowd of 10,000 may have been daunting for any DJ, however this would become a turning point for himself setting up a fledging career within the DJ circuit.
With a strong reputation on the rise it was he soon released Logical Progression on the Vinyl Mania imprint. This became an introductory work to showcase what he viewed as an alternate direction for Drum & Bass. At once anthemic and relaxing, it offered the first true blueprint to Bukem's sonic vision.
By 1991 LTJ Bukem began pushing a more soulful side to the genre, etching out a new direction moving away from the Hardcore element. His Good Looking Records imprint became the means to do this, with his initial release 'Demon's Theme' immediately catching the imagination of many. With its soulful combination of rushing breaks, lush ambience and mellow vibes it opened up fresh vistas within the increasingly dark ambience of the rave.
Bukem continued his vision through releasing his own works such as Apollo, Music, and Horizons on the label. Through his own night ‘Speed’, he was able to continue to focus on his labels roster and the artists as the Drum & Bass scene continued to grow. Utitlising the growth to best the situation of his label and roster, LTJ Bukem signed on for a compilation titled ‘Logical Progression’ to London Records.
"I wanted to see the label grow, I wanted to invest in the people who were signed to the label, so the move had to happen.” Bukem states. “It was never simply about LTJ Bukem, it was about Good Looking Records, Logical Progression and the sound."
With a selection of older work and fresh cuts from the roster, it was the first of many best selling compilations such as further instalments of the Logical Progression series, the Earth Volumes, as well as the Progression Session series. Compilations that continue to sell to this day.
Having pushed the sound of Drum & Bass in new and exciting directions, all while maintaining his roots now losing sight of his original vision to begin with, LTJ Bukem has continued to be an icon not simply within the world of Drum & Bass but with the music world as a whole.