Happy new year and thanks for your support! From private jams to meeting so many new heads, 2013 was our most memorable year yet! On to 2014!
***This party is now starting at 9pm!***
The ever-changing creative hub that is Darren White, aka dBridge, is an artist whose multiple transformations and evolutions glide through a staggering list of achievements. In the scope of White’s jam-packed, many-faced 19-year career, no one year could be comparable nor slowed down.
“You have to be able to find your own voice. There’s nothing necessarily new within dance music as such, it’s each person’s interpretation of it. At the end of the day, within D&B we’re all pretty much around the same tempo, but there are little nuances and slight differences that will make you stand out from everyone else.” -dBridge
dBridge’s full biography is available here
TrueNature was born and raised in Long Island, NY. After studying music as a voice major at the University of Miami, FL, his focus of expression soon switched to percussion and would eventually lead him to India where he has returned several times to study tabla and classical indian music.
Throughout his musical journey, TrueNature has always felt a strong calling towards being a DJ. As his passion and understanding of the original and foundational sounds of dubstep began to grow, the scene in NYC began to subside. As a result, TrueNature soon co-founded the event Reconstrvct with Luke McCann in an attempt to help rebuild the scene in NYC. He currently holds a residency at Reconstrvct alongside Joe Nice, and has opened up for artists such as Vivek, Tunnidge, Bun Zero, Dj G, Lost, Commodo, Jack Sparrow, Lurka, Razor Rekta, Khan, and Pinch.
Paul C is a New York City based DJ / Promoter / Producer from Ireland and is one of the only Drum & Bass DJs in NYC with a consistent club residency & presence. Currently Paul holds down 5 mixed music residencies including Konkrete Jungle since ’96 & his own Funked Dub weekly in the Lower East Side breaking the latest Jungle, House & Dub. With a deep, diverse & dynamic musical background, Paul came up through Funk, House, Techno and Breakbeats & has had non stop residencies since he exploded on the US scene with the legendary Jungle Nation series in ’95, the 1st Saturday night Drum & Bass weekly in NYC.
DJ Paul C helped launch & worked at Breakbeat Science the US’s 1st D & B store, regularly guests at many Festivals, Raves, Clubs & institutions etc such as MoMa’s PS1 and has played in the UK, Europe & North America on world class sound systems like Space. Paul has promoted successful parties such as I ♥ Drum & Bass + many more & shared the stage with the world’s top DJs & Producers from Grooverider to Subfocus to Snoop Dogg to Fatboy Slim. Paul C’s sets have been hailed as “brutally beautiful” by Mixmag & numerous top publications.
Producing solo & collaborating with DJ Dara & more, Paul plays exclusives from himself, Darrison, Ed Solo & his many connections in the NYC, Outer & International scene, but most of all DJ Paul C loves music, dancing, life & bringing you the most fresh & classic, rinsing & rolling sets he can find, rocking your socks off with some proper Funked Dub!
Born Adam Baker, son of a musically talented father and artist mother he was destined to be a great musician. Growing up listening to David Bowie, Eric Clapton and Thomas Dolby shaped his love for music at a young age. At the age of 16 Adam first heard Drum and Bass at a rave and wanted to replicate the energy and excitement he witnessed first hand. It wasn’t until years later when he had the opportunity to express it first by DJing. At the age of 20, he bought his first set of turntables and a mixer. Quickly learning and understanding the techniques of mixing music, a year later he was given the opportunity to play out. He knew all along that he wanted to create his own music and that being a DJ wouldn’t be enough to set himself apart from rest of the world. Little did he know, that a chance meeting in a neighborhood record store would launch his career as a producer. He didn’t stop at Drum and Bass but ventured into Hip Hop, R&B, Techno, House and everything in between. He doesn’t believe in pigeonholing himself in one genre and always produces music by feeling and bpm. Currently he is working on multiple releases with Robert Manos in many different genres. Keep an eye out for him and these songs.
Thursday, November 21 at The Paper Box, 17 Meadow St. (between Waterbury & Bogart), Brooklyn
L train to Grand St.
9p – 4a | $15 | 21+
A massive thank you to all of the party people that came out to our Icicle party. Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date with what we have in the works!
Heavyweight collabo action for this one. To all the party people who were snowed in this past February for Icicle’s NYC debut, this one’s for you. The vibes will undoubtedly be thick once again and for those of you who don’t know, The Paperbox’s sound system is top notch. The bass will be booming all night long thanks to support from local’s Adred, I.N.I. and Max Mischief and vocals will be coming from Robert Manos. Get ready for return of the artist dubbed the Iceman…
The official BP² after yacht party!! Continue reading
Summer’s right around the corner, and for our next installment we’re excited to host a musician who’s as adept at bringing the heat whilst manning the DJ booth as he is while in the studio. A truly unique individual pushing his own signature style of funky and jazzy rhythms, join us for the return of the DnB master known as…
Utah Jazz (Vintage Recordings / V Recordings / Good Looking | UK)
Born in London, England, Luke Wilson was raised in a very artistic family and had broad early exposure to electronic music at an early age thru London pirate stations and the dance scene there in the early 90s. After learning to mix in the mix a few years later, Wilson adopted a Hip Hop mentality of ‘Crate Digging’:: delving into the past to find obscure sounds & recordings to produce his own tracks. Under the name UTAH JAZZ, he began to showcase his preferred style of drum and bass (at the time, a cross between jungle and atmospheric), morphing these sounds into his (well-known) deep, jazzy, liquid-style-of-groove today.
With LTJ Bukem and Alex Reece as major early influences, Wilson connected with Reece thru a chance meeting which later led to studio sessions together. In 1999, at aged 19, he joined Reece for a monthly residency at London superclub Fabric. Wilson remains a regular fixture at the club and can be found DJ-ing for ‘Fabric Live‘ or as part of LTJ Bukem‘s residency at the club for Progression Sessions.
After label work and releasing multiple collaborative tracks in the late 90s/early 2000s, Wilson launched his solo career and built Slow Hand studios in Barnet where many of his early classic tracks were produced. In 2004 ‘Jumpstart’ was released on Hospital Records cementing Wilson’s early connection with the label through brother Oscar who co-wrote the first Hospital release ‘Harp Of Gold’ with close friends, Hospital label owners, Tony Colman and Chris Goss. The three together were known as the ‘Peter Nice Trio’; Chris and Tony went on to global success as London Elektricity. ‘Harlem’, ‘Done & Dusted’ and ‘The Deep End’ were then released through Bryan G’s imprint Liquid V, sister label of V Recordings. This led to a close working relationship between Wilson and V Recordings owner Bryan G and culminated in the release of Wilson’s debut album on the label some years later. In 2005, Wilson wrote ‘Runaway’, one of his most popular tracks to date and now considered to be an all time classic of the liquid funk. Again, released on Liquid V, the track was quoted as BBC DJ Fabio‘s ‘tune of the year’. It fused 70s funk and soul riffs into drum and bass format alongside a male vocal.
later, and now…
In 2006, Wilson produced V Recordings‘ biggest selling single of the year when he remixed Roni Size & DJ Die‘s jungle classic ‘It’s A Jazz Thing’. He produced two versions of the remix: one using the original ‘It’s A Jazz Thing’ samples and the other side using samples from both ‘It’s A Jazz Thing’ and its original B side ‘All Crews Must Big Up’ together. Both tracks were originally released on V Recordings in 1994. Wilson’s remix 12″ went on to reach number 14 in the UK dance singles chart and number 1 in the BBC Radio 1 drum & bass chart. It became an overnight success within the wider spectrum of drum & bass outside of Wilson’s ‘liquid funk’ tag and received support from Andy C, Pendulum, and later in 2007 from Annie Mac on herBBC Radio 1 show. It was also added to the BBC 1Xtra playlist.
In 2008, Wilson released his debut album ‘It’s A Jazz Thing’ on Liquid V to critical acclaim. The album was named by Liquid V label boss, Bryan G after the success of Wilson’s Roni Size remix two years previously. Also, according to Mixmag, it aptly suited “Wilson’s knack for excavating big riffs from 70′s funk and soul records.” Support for the album came from a wide range of musical sources like DJ Fabio and LTJ Bukem to DJs outside of drum & bass such as Gilles Peterson, Ross Allen and Trevor Nelson. After the album release, drum and bass magazine Knowledge dubbed Wilson as a ‘remarkable composer’ and ‘drum and bass royalty in the making’ while iDJ magazine proclaimed him to be a ‘matchless funk alchemist’ and the ‘soul price of drum and bass.’
Subsequent releases in 2008 included “Leap Of Faith’ for LTJ Bukem‘s Good Looking records and ‘Disc Oh!’ for DJ Marky‘s Innerground imprint. The release of ‘It’s A Jazz Thing’ turned Wilson into a highly sought-after DJ on the international club circuit, regularly playing gigs worldwide. In 2009, Wilson was nominated for ‘best DJ’ and ‘best album’ at the UK drum and bass awards. Later that year, Wilson headlined at Milan super club Magnolia’s open air parade where he performed a DJ set on his 30th birthday to over 7000 people. The end of that year brought him DJ gigs all over the UK, France, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand, Australia and The United States. Wilson’s 2009 remix of Wiley‘s number 1 UK hit single from 2008 called ‘Wearing My Rolex‘. Nicknamed ‘Wearing Utah’s Rolex’ and starting as an unofficial bootleg, Wilson’s remix became so popular that it was eventually signed to Warner Brother & Atlantic Records as an official version and was subsequently licensed for the 2009 compilation ‘This is Drum and Bass’ mixed by High Contrast and London Elektricity.
Also in 2009, Wilson was commissioned to co-write the music for the TV series Gumball 3000, an adaptation of the famous Gumball Rally car race. The music and series has since been licensed to 13 countries worldwide and was written alongside Wilson’s friend and close Barnet associate, Arlen Figgis, son of film director Mike Figgis. Wilson’s 2nd studio album ‘Utah Jazz Presents Vintage’ was released in 2010 with collabs with Jungle Drum & Bass pioneer, Jonny L, multi-million selling vocalist, Chelonis R. Jones from Röyksopp, the Ragga Twins plus a hip hop collaboration with MC D.R.S..
With Natural Selection residents:
Raw Q (Natural Selection / Direct Drive / Intrique)
Adred (Natural Selection)
Salvador (Natural Selection / Fuzed Funk)
Scalpel (Natural Selection)
Saturday, June 1
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10p – late | 21+ with photo ID | $15
Sound reinforced by Marshall Hansen (subBASS Sound System)
For the next volume in the Natural Selection mix series, DJ Strife steps up and delivers a beautiful mix oozing with summertime vibes! In 2012 she’s been busy with gigs – from WMC to LA and Portland and beyond – and working hard in the studio. Current favorites in her bag include tunes from Random Movement, George Young, Submorphics and Lenzman.
Folks in NYC can catch DJ Strife at Drom at 85 Avenue A on Saturday, August 25 where she will be playing alongside DJ SS, Dara, Eshin, DJ Slant and Dave Shichman. Full event info: http://www.facebook.com/events/392251180822509/
She will also be playing at Sun & Bass in September.
DJ Strife gives shoutouts to DJ Dust, Haunted Science, Driven AM and Natural Selection.
For mixes from Random Movement and Raw Q, visit our Live Sets & Studio Mixes page!
Madcap – Hemisphere (Phuzion)
Survival & Paul T feat Christina Nicola – No Lies (dub)
Zere – Pushin On (Vibration)
Random Movement – A Wallflower in the Dark (Phuzion Digital)
D-Bridge feat. Calibre – Ponderosa (Exit)
Random Movement – See You Again (Runnin’) (Phuzion Digital)
Madcap – Loose Jam (Phuzion)
Bachelors of Science – Beast (feat. Emcee Child) (Code Recordings)
Smote – Must Be The Feeling (Vibration)
Total Science & S.P.Y. feat Riya & Dam Funk – Piano Funk (Toolroom Productions)
Flowrian & Mc Fava – Melancholy Days (Vibration)
Eveson ft. Jo-s – Time Flows By (V Recordings)
4th Creation – Breath (dub)