I was down in Coventry over the bank holiday weekend for a family event – my great niece’s christening. After the ceremony there was a bit of a bash and this band performed. Not everyone has a taste for covers bands – this band were tremendous – what a range of funk, soul, ska, reggae, disco, recent charts stuff. The Amy Winehouse covers were unbelievable – this band is worth a visit to Cov just for the sake of …
This month’s Room 303 is a special one as two of the crew are celebrating 30 years on this doomed floating rock we call home. Dave and Lee will be taking over proceedings for one night only to celebrate their respective oldenings. It’s Lee’s first time back since the year we vaguely remember as “2009”, back before he moved to the hive of scum and villainy that is Leeds, and Dave’s first time back since he last played the night about three months ago. How time flies. Anyway, we hope you’ll help us celebrate our birthdays with some good music and good company. Growing old is serious business, Dave currently can’t use his hands.
So, to the line-up:
JOHNNY SIDEWAYS (Kaotek Wreckords)
After making an impact on the UK’s underground scene around the turn of the century, Johnny made his vinyl début in 2003 on techno label Dirtbomb records, though by this time was already developing the harder, breakbeat infused sound he would become renowned for, taking in influences from Hardcore Techno and the European Tribe/Hardtek sounds he was playing while DJ’ing for the legendary Desert Storm Soundsystem. In 2005 he formed his own label Kaotek Wreckords, as an outlet for the hybrid sounds he and others were producing. Now having played countless livesets in destinations all over Europe, and a back catalogue spanning 10 years on labels such as Tekiteazy, Electrokanibal, Absolute Rhythm and more, Johnny Sideways chews up and spits out genres into a living wall of sound..improvised, upfront and engaging..a purists nightmare..and devastating on the dancefloor.
BUSMONITOR (Kaotek Wreckords)
Phil ‘Busmonitor’ has been making noises in the hardcore techno scene of late, not least with his releases on Mr. Sideways’ Kaotek imprint. A veteran of countless events in several locations, he’s a professional floor wrecker with access to cutting edge sonic weaponry. Not for the feint-hearted.
SLAUGHTERED LAMB (Room 303 / Euphonic)
A real workhorse of a DJ, Gareth has been making music go into peoples’ ears since most of us were, you know, not doing that. He’s been through many names and many venues over his career, but one thing has remained constant: He’s bald.
MUMBLIST B2B SINISTA:TEK (Room 303 / Tinnitus)
An auditory battle of the century between two powerhouses of the sheffield rave scene. On the surface Dave and Sam are rather musically disparate, which is what makes this match-up so intriguing. Either it will go well, or it will go really fucking well. Unexpect the expected.
DOOMPATROL (Room 303 / Tinnitus)
To mark his Room 303 return after five years, Lee is bringing his Doompatrol alias out of retirement for one night only, and playing a set laced with tracks from that era back to his first ever set in ’07. If you notice him shed a single tear during this nostalgiathon, please be sensitive and don’t point and laugh.
ROOM 303 30TH BIRTHDAY TAKEOVER @ THE REDHOUSE, SOLLY STREET, SHEFFIELD. 30TH MAY 2014, DOORS 10-3, TAX THREE QUIDS. GET IN.
VJ performance from Quantize of futurhood av on the night
via futurhoodav – Home.
I have written previously on the subject of small venues. In a different blog – f4mmedia – I looked particularly at the Redhouse, a Sheffield venue typified as providing the widest range of music in South Yorkshire. I love small venues – so much friendlier, warmer, more personal. I have worked at quite a number and DJed at many. These have included:
- the East House, now a cake shop and cafe, once known as the Dodge City saloon courtesy of murders decades ago
- the Tea Gardens, now a food store, once a temperance house
- the Harley, still going!
- the Earl, once a pound house, stables in the rear
The East House was the venue where futurhood was first established leading to the creation of futurhood av. Its origins lie in the phrase ‘in the neighbourhood of the future – that’s where we are’, a phrase coined by a close friend. This was the venue where I re-engaged with djing putting on nights based around northern soul, ska, classic soul, liquid dnb, 2 step garage, funk, deep house and all sorts of other material.
The Earl was the venue giving rise to an event which made some personal history for me and the group of friends with whom I co-promoted – Spannered. we use to say it did what it says on the tin. Based around breaks, techno and other electronica, it made DJ mags top ten nights in the land and forged brief links with other DJ mags. it was the venue which saw the birth of Aromatiq.
The Redhouse was a major step in my own history of involvement with small venues. Aside from dealing with security I put on events and djed for others. The range of music included ska – all 3 waves and most languages, house, techno, trance, mashups, funk, jazz funk, deep house, balkan, african, latin of all varieties, dubstep, dnb, garage, broken beat, nujazz, nusoul and probably a load I have forgotten.
Friday, 27 September 2013
20:00 until 02:00
SHUT UP AND DANCE & THE MODERN DAY FLAT CAPS (MDFC) SOUND SYSTEM
ARE PLEASED TO BRING YOU A NIGHT OF LIVE MUSIC AND DJ’S.
IN THIS SPECIAL SEPTEMBER EDITION WE HAVE CREATED A VIBE SO THERE IS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AND ITS ALL FREE.
***SPECIAL PIZZA DEAL 2 PINTS AND A STONE BAKE PIZZA £10***
TO KICK THE NIGHT OFF WE HAVE A SPECIAL LIVE SET FROM UNSCENE,
“The core of the Band was formed by Tom Hutt and Paul Davidson around a year ago as a means to express ourselves and connect with others through music. The Unscene” Are Tom Soul Deep Hutt on vocals, Paul Dopper Davidson on guitar, Andy Cook on drums and Simon Williams on bass, We are a live band from Sheffield telling stories of love, life and loss but always trying to promote self belief through emotive music with a touch of soul, folk, blues and other influences.
Acoustic EP “Urban Folk” free download – https://soundcloud.com/theunscenesoul
GOING ON TO DJ SETS FROM:
EMPEROR DUNCAN THE BLING (Khachapuri Cafe)
“Emperor Duncan the Bling has been DJing at parties, clubs and pubs up and down the country since the mid 90s. Thinking that ‘genres’ are things that happen to other people, he plays out all flavours of music, spanning from the 60s to modern day. It’s just gotta be funky!”
OLD BOY NEW TRICKS – (TRICKSTARECORDINGS)
“Old Boy New Tricks Aka DJ producer Ian Stanley is no stranger to the world of Breaks, House and Garage. Ian’s new project has stemmed from Breakspoll nominated M.I. Loki, who took the Breaks scene by storm in 2006, performing DJ sets across the country alongside DJs such as Freq Nasty, MRK 1, Shut up and Dance, Reso, Elite Force and many many more. In 2005 he started arguably Sheffield’s most successful Breaks Record Labels Tricksta Recordings, winning an International Breakspoll award for his efforts. With releases from M.I. Loki, Rogue State, DJ Quest, Ils and Baobinga it was obvious why Tricksta Recordings grew in international notoriety.”
To hear some of the new productions from O.B.N.T. check out his Soundcloud page: https://soundcloud.com/theobnt
EARTHWORM JIM – (OFF ME NUT RECORDS)
“Off Me Nut Hardcore He-Man, known for smashin up warehouses and free parties over the past year with his strictly vinyl sets.”
BORROW – (DLS)
“Borrow… Started musical life out in a post rock band called The Higgs Boson back in the schools days. Similarities with bands like, Do Make Say Think, Explosions in the Sky etc. He is a core member of the DLS crew in Sheffield, a founding member of the free party collective “Tower Of Power” and a DnB regular in Sheffield.Heʼs hosted free parties all over Sheffield and played everywhere from brighton to Leeds alongside people such as Goldie. Heʼs played most of Sheffieldʼs clubs inc DQ, DLS, The Harley and more recently at Sheffieldʼs newest Warehouse venue Hope Works. Mixed in Sheffieldʼs own space. Heʼs been producing for 6 years and has developed his unique take on glitch and Neurofunk.”
Check releases from Borrow at – https://soundcloud.com/borrow
DJ YESHECAN – (SHUT UP AND DANCE FOUNDING MEMBER)
ALL POWERED BY THE MDFC SOUND SYSTEM – http://www.facebook.com/ModernDayFlatCaps
185 London Road, S2 4LH Sheffield
As a youth back in Coventry I grew up with original ska and rocksteady. I had a lot to do with Foleshill, certainly then a part of Cov with a large Jamaican population. As I grew up I managed to meet one or two of the people who would later figure quite highly in the development of the next movement on for ska – 2 tone. Much later indeed I picked up by chance an LP called ‘freestyle ska’ – after the heydays of 2 tone Longsy D in particular put together forms of ska with liberal admixtures of house and hip hop. Since then ska has had a 3rd wave, with the influence of all sorts of other musical genres, not the least being Latin, Punk and a whole raft of ethnically differentiated musics. We have witnessed such major artists as the Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, other big band versions have included outfits from New York, St. Petersburg, Melbourne and beyond. I have in my collection ska sung in a ridiculous quantity of languages – Ska-P in Spanish, French ska bands, German, Portuguese, Latvian, Croatian, Hungarian, Polish, Russian as well as the plethora of American ska still doing the turns.
Playing some ska @ the Harley August 30th
Friday, 29 March 2013
22:00 until 03:00
FRIDAY 29TH MARCH 2013 10PM – 3AM
ROOM 303 Vs PANZRAM INDUSTRIAL
INDUSTRIAL – HARDCORE TECHNO – TERROR – BREAKCORE
@ Redhouse, 168 Solly Street, Sheffield, S1 4BB
DEATHMACHINE Vs MATT GREEN
Corrupt / TTM / Genosha 175
Hardcore / Industrial heavyweights; Deathmachine & Matt Green.
Owner of Corrupt Records. A name now closely linked to
the many substyles of hardcore, London born producer
Matt Green has had releases on labels like Epileptik
and Hong Kong Violence. Flying in from Warsaw Poland,
he will go head to head with one of the UK’s best
Hardcore / Industrial dj’s.
Deathmachine’s love for hard, dark mechanical music
started way back in the early 90’s where his imagination
was captured by the then relatively young hardcore scene.
Always dancefloor orientated, but with an experimental edge,
his sets earned him bookings from all the major promotors
across the UK. With releases on the genre-defining
Genosha One Seven Five and Union Recordings,
Deathmachine is established as one of the leading
producers in the scene.
ORIFICE aka Scott Kemix Vs MACHINIST
Room 303 / Panzram
Orifice is fresh from a tour of South America
where he destroyed the dance floors of Columbia & Venezuela
with his signature “hard as f**k style”
Orifice’s latest ep “Of The Gods” on Motormouth Recordz,
is getting support from some of the biggest hitters in
the underground scene, both here in the UK and all over
Europe including The Dj Producer (Rebel Scum) &
Sandy Warez (TTM, Footworxx) As well his South American
tour, Orifice has played all over Europe at some of the biggest
events & clubs including Florida 135 (Barcelona)
Hangar 1 (Ostende) K2 (Budapest)
As well as his own label “Giveway” he has released on the likes
of Madhouse, Elementz, G-Not Extreme. Going up against Panzram’s
own “Machinist” there set will be for those that like it extreme,
expect Industrial & Hardcore so hard there will be bleeding ears.
BEE-LOGg Vs ERASERHEAD
Expect absolutely mental Breakcore and Gabber from these two experts of the scene. Eraserhead has been plying his trade in Bristol for years, alongside Breakcore legends. With releases on the much heralded Peace Off Records, this is an artist you certainly don’t want to miss. Bee-Log has been smashing in Sheffield, since he learnt how to smash it. We here at Room 303 are particularly delighted to have secured his services. Bee-Log has been smashing at Tinnitus, and with releases on Marionette, this vs battle is something that you certainly wouldn’t want to miss!
NRK [sc] Vs JACK SCHMALTZ
Going head to head for the first time will be Panzram residents
Nrk & Jack Schmaltz. Hailing from Scotland, Nrk has destroyed
dancefloors all over Scotland at events like Impact,
BTTF @ The Arches & With releases on Motormouth, Furious Monkey
& Omega records, Nrk will bring with him his hard as nail’s style
of Hardcore & Industrial. Jack Schmaltz plays out across the UK
at some of the best party’s in the scene, Expect Jack to bring
an arsenal of aggressive beats from Crossbreed through to
Industrial & everything in between.
MUMBLIST Vs A.R.D.
The two head honchos of Room 303 go back to back for only the second time. With the combination of styles these two possess, expect anything and everything! Hardcore, Drum & Bass, Industrial, Hardcore Techno, Monkstep. If it’s hard, and good they’ll be playing it. These two never mess around, so expect bad ass business!
international 2 step
Between 1981 and 1982 I lived in Africa, in Maseru, Lesotho. While I was there I did a few strange things. The biggest was to marry a Jamaican woman who became the mother of my children – Shakira and Monique. Something else that was acquired while I was there was a further appreciation of African music. To a slight appreciation of highlife I added a liking for Makossa, Kwaito, later having made friends with a few people from the french speaking Caribbean I added a liking for Zouk. Acquiring friends even later from Angola and beyond that love of Zouk had backing from Kizomba and Kuduro.
First of all – to Francis, Motsi and all of the friends we made, to those we lost, to those friends we still have to make … oareng! sala hantle, tsamaya hantle …
But Africa and the Caribbean are not the only areas covered – there is a wealth of music from Europe as well to look at and so here is a Balkan mix to swing through.
and more from a slightly mashed world
here music from all over the world flavours dancefloor interest – giving something new to funk, house, trance and the like.
Here on youtube