I don't normally write about out-of-town events, but this got my eye twitching about what could become the next great club night overseas. Something you wouldn't dare miss if you were in the area, that and, Abunchofcuts.com boasts a brilliant core of artists and is an essential online source for cutting edge drum and bass. Take note!
We Fear Silence present A Bunch of Cuts
Friday 17th April @ The Arches, London Bridge
Calibre, Marcus Intalex, D-Bridge, Appleblim, Klute, Doc Scott, Peverelist, Survival and more...
Friday 17th April sees an exciting new drum & bass night launch onto the London scene as part of the We Fear Silence project. A Bunch of Cuts was formed in late 2007 by a hugely talented group of producers and DJs. Initially an online music store, the aim was to provide a platform to present music past and present from all the artists' labels. And as collectives go, you can't get a more talented bunch than this: Calibre, Doc Scott, Klute, D-Bridge and Marcus Intalex. Now starting an exclusive residency at The Arches in London Bridge, you can expect some of the freshest and most exciting sounds to be giving the venue’s excellent new NEXO GEO soundsystem a run for its money.
Calibre has carved out a niche for himself making sublime soulful drum & bass, which draws on elements of dub, techno, jazz, soul, funk and more, incorporating his own live instruments and vocals. Last year he released his third artist album plus a retrospective compilation 'Shelflife', and he’s now following this up with 'Shelflife 2' due out next month. The compilation is a two CD journey through hidden gems from Calibre's back catalogue taking in some new material along the way. The fact that his back catalogue is strong enough to support a second retrospective release is testament to Calibre's unique talent as a producer.
He'll be joined behind the decks in the main room by four more ABoC residents. Exit Records boss D-Bridge, who's recently been injecting a breath of fresh air onto dancefloors with his collaborations with Instra:mental and Martyn. Doc Scott helped Goldie set up Metalheadz, now runs his own 31 Records imprint and continues to release forward-thinking and experimental music. Klute, who after releasing the acclaimed 'Emperors New Clothes' is now working on his 6th studio album. And finally, Marcus Intalex, the man behind the Soul:r and Revolve:r labels, and whose work as MIST (with ST Files) and Mist:cal (together with Calibre) has had a strong influence on other producers, drawing on elements of techno and dub at a time when drum & bass was dominated by darker sounds.
With residents like these, guests aren't strictly necessary, but ABoC have upped the ante by inviting two more of the scene's leading spinners to play - Survival and Break. Survival has been on the scene since the inception of drum & bass, initially releasing under the monikers Aukustic Research and Banaczech on high profile labels such as Vinyl Addiction and Partisan Recordings. It wasn’t until 2005 that he began DJing and recording as a solo artist as Survival. Releases on Shogun Audio, Creative Source and Quarentine, plus collaborations with Break, Silent Witness, Sabre and more, have put his name at the forefront of deep and organic sounding drum & bass. His self-titles debut album, released on D Bridge's Exit Recordings, is due out in April. Prolific young producer Break has built his reputation on crisp breaks, interesting percussion and deep sub-bass – with releases on Metalheadz, Commercial Suicide and more.
Room two promises to be equally exciting, as Appleblim's Applepips label will be in residence. Appleblim started attracting attention when he set up the innovative Skull Disco label with Sam Shackleton, releasing tracks that blurred the boundaries between dubstep and techno, and suddenly both genres became a whole lot more interesting. Now he's formed his own Apple Pips label, with the intention of pushing this new sound, and the dark, intimate confines of Room 2 of The Arches is the perfect place to showcase some the genre’s most forward thinking artists. He'll be joined on the night by sometime collaborator Peverelist, plus Geiom, Brackles, and Greena.
With two rooms of some of the most innovative talent from the drum & bass and dubstep scenes, bass will be still be resounding around London Bridge well into Saturday morning…
We Fear Silence presents A Bunch of Cuts
Friday 17th April 2009
10pm - 6am
Room 1 - A Bunch of Cuts: Marcus Intalex, Calibre, D Bridge, Doc Scott, Klute plus guests, Break, Survival
MCs: SP:MC, Justyce, DRS
Room 2 – Apple Pips: Appleblim (2hrs), Peverelist, Geiom, Brackles, Greena
Tickets available from Ticketweb
£11 students / £13 advance / MOTD
Tel number: Venue: 020 7403 9643 Ticketweb: 08700 600 100
The Arches, 51-53, Southwark Street, London Bridge, London, SE1 1RU.
Tube Station: London Bridge