Following on from yesterday’s district release and blog post, DSTRKT 5 this year represents three decades worth of seminal DJs: from the legendary SP23; Acid Techno stalwarts Chris Liberator & Sterling Moss; or the vanguard of hard techno and D&B, all at The Scrapyard, to Robotika where an assortment of Jungle, Breaks and Dubstep pioneers will be in attendance. So many in fact that it might require a separate post, just to chart the history of underground dance music culture through some of these DJs (maybe we should wait until the Rave Yard announcement for that one!).
Check the poster on yesterday’s blog post about The Scrapyard for the full line up, but as always I’m going to concentrate on some of the newer and lesser known acts playing on Robotika this year.
These guys are heading for big things! Their first mixtape included a solid gold guest list of Grime stars such as P Money, Doctor, Ghetts, Trim and D Double E. They even took it back further with MC Creed and Mica Paris on a UKG track.
Musically the two brothers work across the spectrum of UK bass music, their most recent releases have stretched from the Junglist leanings of ‘Original Badman’, which features Jamaican Dancehall star Assassin (aka Agent Sasco, who also joins us on the Lion’s Den this year), to the rowdy ‘WW3’ which is a crossbreed of Grime and Breaks with a peppering of other influences inside.
These guys have been a favourite of mine for some time but I rarely see them on line ups over here. They used to be a regular on my Chrome Kids blog back around 2008 with their blend of Baltimore, Baile Funk, Kuduro and Dubstep (amongst others) and they’ve consistently come with the hypest club tunes ever since. Their most recent trio of ‘Haul & Pull Up’ EPs take influences from Dub, Old Skool Electro, Ghetto House, Grime, Footwork and even Drone, whilst featuring vocals from Riko Dan; Warrior Queen; Gonjasufi; and Doubla J from Costa Rica.
Growing from a club night to a label, this Manchester crew have been making all the right moves over the past few years, with guest mixes for Boiler Room, FACT (who also named them ‘label of the year’ in 2016), Resident Advisor, Crack, Thump and Dummy amongst others, plus a killer catalogue of releases that fuse Bashment with Bass music, including Jamaican production team Equiknoxx and Manchester scene stalwart Fox.
Representing the team at Boomtown this year is Samrai, Platt and Joey B alongside label favourites Brackles, Famous Eno and Fox. All well established artists in their own right.
I met this dude in Bestival last year with Jus Now and he hit me with a killer selection of beats. Having been majorly disappointed with the Major Lazer show that year, D-Dots filled that thirst for their pre -pop beats pretty well. In-fact he has received DJ support from Diplo, as well as the likes of Baauer, Toddla T and DJ Shiftee who signed him to his Hot Mom USA label. His ‘Freshers’ EP for the label comes out tomorrow and includes guest vocals from Snappy Jit, TT The Artist and Soca don, Kerwin Prescott .
Another artist blurring the boundaries between Dancehall and UK/US Bass music, both as a DJ and with his production outfit CRT CLSSX (alongside Aaron Horn). I’m a massive Bashment fan but only really like a small percentage of it these days, so I’ve been enjoying Jamie’s mixes lately. He’s well steeped in it having been a regular visitor to Jamaica since he was a kid, but his selections also suit UK tastes.