t's another all star line-up for our special Xmas do under the mistletoe and across 3 rooms - join us!
We step things up for the festive season, welcoming NYC via Chicago legend Honey Dijon in Room 1 with an extended set alongside BZ. Room 2 sees On The Wire's Steve Barker go head to head with local girl & NTS fave: ZAKIA, whilst scottish ultra diggers Athens of the North are joined by RS regular Andrew Ashong, who undoubtedly has the deepest crates in south london. It's the ultimate xmas afterparty for your xmas party.
Everyone plays extended sets, no set times, but here's the breakdowns.
ROOM 1: Honey Dijon, Bradley Zero
ROOM 2: Steve Barker, ZAKIA
ROOM 3: Athens of the North, Andrew Ashong
Artwork by Mason London
We wrote a little bit more about each artist below to give you the lowdown...
Honey needs little introduction...but seeing as we're in the business of doing introductions, let's do a quick one anyway.
Having got into house music from the home of house itself ( Chi-town), Honey was mentored by none other than Derrick Carter, who she met whilst digging at some of the city's finest record store - namely gramophone records. Honey was thrown headfirst into the house and techno scene of the city where she began to soak this all up with her more formative influences of R&B & disco to create her own unique style. It was when she moved to NYC and met Danny Tenaglia where she was influenced by his style and combined that with what she learnt in Chicago to create her own unique sound. " The drama of his delivery and risk taking always informed me of how I wanted to present music."
Whilst various sets from the likes of Boiler Room and Resident Advisor can give you a glimpse into this energy, that true drama can, only really be witnessed in person. So with this, we welcome you to join us for an extended set with one of dance music finest exponents in one of London's most revered institutes
* Steve Barker*
The terms 'legend' , 'veteran' and 'unsung hero' get banded round rather a lot, sometimes carelessly, but this isn't the case here.
Steve has been broadcasting on the BBC ( BBC Radio Lancashire to be precise) since 1978 .This makes his show, ' On The Wire' the longest running continuous underground music show on UK radio. This feat of longevity eclipses that of even the late John Peel, who many regard as a peer of Steves. When faced with BBC spending cuts in the early 90's, it was infact, Peel who helped save the show from being cut.
The show, which is rooted in UK soundsystem culture, has been at the forfreont of every important underground dance movement since the 80s. The first show's guest was dub pioneer Adrian Sherwood, the second show featured an upcoming electronic group called Depeche Mode. Barker gave the first radio plays in the UK for Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson and the radio premier of 808 State's "Pacific State" and A Guy Called Gerald's "Voodoo Ray". Guests over the years have included U2, REM, The Smiths, Depeche Mode, Eno, Burning Spear and Lee “Scratch” Perry & Mark E smith.
Visionary doesn't begin to even describe this mans influence on UK music culture, but the most impressive thing is that the show still airs every single week, playing everything from roots reggae to experimental noise, footwerk and UK funky. The core tho, has always been dub and we thought the dubwise, bass heavy rig in room 2 would provide a perfect counterpoint to the more untamed energy bound to be unleashed in room 2. Come meditate on bass weight.
check out the show here: https://otwradio.blogspot.com
Forest hill's finest, the musical florist and the man with the deepest crates in south London returns to the RS decks after what's quite possibly been a little too long a hiatus.
If you only know Andrew from his sound signature productions with Theo Parrish, or recent collaborations with Nightmares On Wax, then you have to hear him DJ to believe it....
whilst he excels on a microphone with guitar in hand - it's on the turntables where he really shines...
It's an inside secret that Andrew is actually one of the biggest collectors and record sellers in London, and when this knowledge and selection collides with his energy as a DJ - minds are guaranteed to be blown. Come expecting the unexpected - very few Dj's can traverse genres and tempos as seamlessly as Andrew - the one thing we can definitely guarantee is one hell of a party.
*ATHENS OF THE NORTH*
Having run the now seminal reissue label for the last 4 years, AOTN have been responsible for creating contemporary hits out of lost gems, breathing life into forgotten classics, and letting people finally enjoy music that had previously been reserved for only the crate digging elite with the wallets to match. Long story short, AOTN have been provisinf a public servie for some time, with their records working their way into the bags of Gilles Peterson, Floating Points, Motor City Drum Ensemble , Wax'o Paradisoand countless other selectors around the globe.
You might be surprised to have not seen a little bit more of them on the scene, their credentials certainly add up, but until recently they've rarely left Edinburgh. Now with old ally and master agent ( Ali Warm )behind then, they're setting their sights further a field. Expect a bag full of the rarest 7"s and lost dubplates, with more soul than you can shake a stick at. This duo from north of the border are on a mission to London to prove a point. Expect nothing but the best.
When not producing and presenting shows on the history of music for BBC radio 4 ( incl biographies of Ella Fitzgerald and a historical yet personal look into the history of the' big drum' tradition of Cariacou) Zakia is best known for her now weekly show, ' Questing' on NTS Radio. Her show, a station favourite, is rooted in spiritual jazz and ancestral rhythms, but that doesn't stop Zakia finding a similar thread in more contemporary music, from folk to techno via broken beat, all linked by an intangible yet celestial groove.
After putting in the hours behind the coutner at Honest Jon's Records and with recent stand out performances at Brainchild, Southern Soul Festival Montenegro anda new residency at the The Jazz Cafe - it's defintiely time for Zakia to step up for her Rhythm Section debut, and we couldn't htink of a better occasion for it....
* BRADLEY ZERO *
Now we really don't need an introduction here - Rhythm Section main man gone global , BBC Radio 1 resident and NTS Radio mainstay on call for musical healing - this time with a full 4 hours to get deep on the room 1 soundsystem.
check the residency here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0000zn1
NTS here: https://www.nts.live/shows/rhythmsection
cheeky interview while on tour in indonesia here: https://www.whiteboardjournal.com/ideas/music/bradley-zero-on-the-peckham-scene-being-a-selector-and-rhythm-section/
At least 6 decks, a few mixers, more than a few crates of vinyl. Dub fx.
£8 / £10 / £12 / £15
..as always, don't be late to avoid that queue.
Roadblock expected so don't sleep on grabbing a ticket.
1. be nice
2. no photos on the dancefloor plz... (take them outside before u get in a la Berghain)
---->BRING PHOTO ID!<---- ps. please only use RA ticket resale to exchange tickets
Another year goes by and to celebrate we have another no line-up, no mega hype, secret special guests, simple but effective NYE party to inaugurate the new calendar.