Aisha showcases her creative and unique British spin on American style RnB. The self admitted perfectionist believes that the UK scene is dominated by urban rap and grime and lacks more soulful RnB sounds, which is what has prompt her to create ‘Fake’.
‘Fake’ follows the story of Aisha’s ex-boyfriend, a compulsive liar, who cheated of her compatible times. She perfectly depicts the relationships storyline and expresses her emotional anger with confidence and elegance.
Aisha grew up listening to American RnB and soul artists such as Lauryn Hill, Faith Evans and Alicia Keys, which shines through her single in regards to her vocal projection and control.
Following on from their successful Manchester series of nights and two day party cruise to Amsterdam, production and DJ duo Solardo are bringing their Solardo Sessions to the rest of the UK for 2017.
The pair will travel to some of the UK’s leading small tastemaking clubs between the 12th Jan and 3rd March 2017. Taking in Leeds, Brighton, Birmingham, Nottingham, Liverpool, Southampton, Cardiff, London, Manchester, Bristol, Edinburgh and Glasgow, the tour will see Solardo bring their unique brand of party-ready music to locations far and wide.
The debut headline tour comes after an incredible 2016 for the duo. After a series of releases on the likes of Viva, MTA and Elrow, Solardo were catapulted to mainstream attention when their first Hot Creations release, ‘Tribesmen’, became a Beatport #1, with support from the likes of Pete Tong, Jamie Jones, Annie Mac, B. Traits, Jackmaster and Skream. Whilst it might be their first headline tour, Solardo are no strangers to life on the road; they’re a staple of infamous party outfits elrow and ABODE, having honed their craft as regulars of the Warehouse Project in their hometown.
Fri 20 Jan 2017 Bournemouth
Sat 21 Jan 2017 Leeds
Fri 27 Jan 2017 Brighton
Sat 28 Jan 2017 Birmingham
Fri 03 Feb 2017 Nottingham
Wed 08 Feb 2017 Edinburgh
Thu 09 Feb 2017 Glasgow
Fri 17 Feb 2017 Liverpool
Sat 18 Feb 2017 Southampton
Wed 22 Feb 2017 Cardiff
Fri 24 Feb 2017 Manchester
Sat 25 Feb 2017 London
Fri 03 Mar 2017 Bristol
Sat 04 Mar 2017 Oxford
Broadcaster and writer Tony Minvielle returns with part two of his highly acclaimed compilation series. As with the successful Volume One, which made the iTunes Jazz Chart Top 6, this one will not disappoint. Through his now legendary FoldedSpace radio show on SoulandJazz.com and his writing and broadcasting experience, which includes Jazz FM, WCLK Atlanta and Straight No Chaser Magazine, he has built a reputation in Europe and the US as one of this scenes leading musical tastemakers. These 11 breath taking musical journeys cover a multitude of musical genres from the soulful to the cinematic and contain two epic exclusives composed especially for this set from musical heavyweights Kaidi Tatham and Marc Cary. All in all this collection rightly reflects his love of great music and his eagerness to share that love with all who will listen.
The collection opens with the gifted, Brisbane based, vocalist / composer Jordan Rakei whose sublime falsetto vocals and deep soulful production sets the tone for the rest of the album. This is followed by a dizzying two step/ fusion killer from the legendary UK keyboardist Kaidi Tatham (Bugz In The Attic / Tatham, Mensah, Lord & Ranks) which he has produced especially for this compilation. Up next is US jazz legend Carmen Lundy, a contemporary of Dee Dee Bridgewater and Dianne Reeves. The inclusion of this beautiful bossa driven masterpiece, has really got this collection lit.
We then visit Peru for a track by a gifted and talented Lima based singer, songwriter and saxophonist Carolina Araoz (Jazz Jaus / Snarky Puppy) who provides us with a lush laidback production that will be instantly adored. Two time Grammy award winning british keyboardist Bill Laurance (Snarky Puppy) delivers a truly cinematic spellbinding opus originally on his debut set ‘Flint’ accompanied by Robert ‘Sput’ Searight, drummer on ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ and Snarky bass player Michael League. The following track is by the superb New York based jazz/R&B vocalist / songwriter Melissa McMillan, who is currently wowing the NYC with her striking vocal styling’s.
Chicago based ensemble Sidewalk Chalk excite with their live vibrant jazz / hip-hop mash-up – a completely infectious affair. The pianist / composer from L.A. Daniel Crawford sets out his stall with a percussion driven belter with that added bonus of Vikter Duplais on vocals. One of the drummers of our generation the UK’s Richard Spaven (Flying Lotus / Guru / Sure Co.) gives us something unique from his ‘Whole Other’ set with The Hics on vocals. German producer Lars Bartkuhn specializes in the more intricate side of the genre with a track laden with jazz, Brazilian, soul, and funk influences. This uptempo groove really hits the musical sweet spot. The compilation is rounded off with keyboard jazz legend Marc Cary (Abbey Lincoln / Focus Trio / Revive Music-Blue Note Records) who delves into the twisted funk world with a Curtis Mayfield inspired classic produced especially for this compilation.
Wrapping up a monumental year filled with two successful EPs, star-studded collaborations, and landmark gigs at major festivals and venues around the world, UK-based DJ/producer Low Steppa closes out 2017 with the release of his latest concoction titled ‘My House,’ available now via his very own Simma Black Records.
Collaborating with old school producer Mr V on the track, Low Steppa blends classic minimal house melodies with percussive synths and breaks to create a groovy tune reminiscent of the sounds of the vintage garage underground. Driven by old school vocals, “My House” is a club-savvy track adept for keeping the dancefloor going into the early hours of the morning.
Since the UK producer’s emergence onto the scene in 2013 with his explosive bootleg of Route 94’s ‘My Love’ hitting over 2.75 million plays on SoundCloud and becoming a regular feature on Kiss FM and BBC Radio 1 Xtra, Low Steppa has rapidly made a name for himself as a pioneer of the bass house musical revolution. In addition to releases on some of dance music’s most respected labels including Armin van Buuren’s acclaimed Armada and Shadow Child & Kry Wolf’s Food Music, Low Steppa’s label Simma Black has risen to become one of the most respected imprints around– regularly dominating the Beatport and Traxsource charts with singles from a variety of acclaimed and up-and-coming producers. Outside of the studio, Low Steppa has recently played several high-profile gigs around the world including Reading & Leeds, EDC Las Vegas and a Monday night residency in Ibiza.
Coupled with the release of more genre-bending tunes and powerhouse collaborations, 2017 is set for a handful of tour stops at major cities across the U.S. In the meantime, you can hear Low Steppa on UK radio station Rinse FM for his resident show every third Friday of the month from 1 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Catch Low Steppa in the U.S.
Feb. 1 – Washington, D.C. – Flash
Feb. 2 – Seattle, WA – Q
Feb. 3 – Los Angeles, CA – Simma Black party @ Avalon
Feb. 4 – New York, NY – Simma Black party @ Flash Factory
Some clubs have iconic status and are on every DJ’s wish list to play and sub club in Glasgow is one of them. These two have the honour of been residents for just shy of 20 years there. They have asked to play an extended set too and how can we decline such an offer. This one is set to be a real stand out event no doubt about it.
HARRI & DOMENIC
Just shy of 20 years on, Subculture, with Harri and Domenic still at the helm, is the longest running weekly House night in the U.K. and very possibly worldwide. Subculture has hosted the cream of international House DJs and has a reputation as one of the best and most credible House nights in the world.
Subculture has thrived where so many house clubs have flagged because the night has always embraced and sought out the most innovative and culturally relevant electronic music – regardless of fickle fashions or commercial pressures.
Together and independently Harri & Domenic have headlined slots at the UK’s most important underground clubs such as Back2Basics (Leeds), Chibuku (Liverpool), Plastic People, The End and Fabric (London), and at clued-up, taste-defining international dance floors such as Panorama Bar (Berlin), The Rex (Paris), Moog (Barcelona), Deep (Madrid), Food Club (Brussels) and Propaganda (Moscow).
Harri and Dom have also recorded 2 Subculture mix CDs on Arista (“Subculture”) and Loaded (“Subversion”) and one on Soma (“20 Years Underground”). Their Resident Advisor podcast in August 2010 was widely acclaimed as was their Pete Tong Essential Mix for Radio 1.
Jinte Deprez is pleased to announce his new side project under the nom de plume J.Bernardt, launching with the track Calm Down through Play It Again Sam – out now.
Treading new musical ground, Deprez who co-fronts Belgian rock band Balthazar, has emerged from his home studio with an altogether different sound, a cornucopia of evocative synth beats drawn from a range of influences; be it his father’s love of Kraftwerk or the pop sensibilities of his own musical discoveries, Calm Down is the first fruit of that journey.
Shorn of band vaguaries, J.Bernardt is there to stand on its own merits, existing in an altogether different locale, and seductive grooves enveloped in warm soulful vocals permeate throughout. Written and recorded at home in Ghent, multi-instrumentalist Deprez has seen the entire project evolve from experimenting with a synth, armed with a DIY aesthetic to a collection of tracks that will provide the basis for J.Bernardt’s debut album, slated for release in 2017.
Meanwhile, with only a handful of live shows under his belt J.Bernardt makes his UK debut at The Lexington on 15th November – as part of [PIAS] Nites, after which he’ll be playing with Local Natives on a short run of European dates as follows:
15.11 London – The Lexington: [PIAS] Nites w/ M.Craft, Pavo Pavo
16.11 Hamburg – Uebel & Gefaehrlich *
17.11 Berlin – Bi Nuu *
19.11 Stockholm – Debaser *
20.11 Oslo – Rockefeller *
21.11 Gothenburg – Pustervik *
22.11 Copenhagen – Vega *
24.03 Brussels – AB Club
* w/ Local Natives