PLAYED ON: Saturday 12 November 2011



Gig info

The Playground bring us Bass Wars! with the likes of Goldie, Emalkay and 16 Bit. The night's just been chosen as the most recommended event in November by DJ Mag this month. Here's what they're saying:

"A club night that prefers to dip its toe into eclectic pool of electronic loveliness rather than restrict itself to the tenets of a single genre...To play alongside dnb’s most prominent representative, they’ve roped in a whole host of nu-skool bass talent. It’s clearly going to be wicked."

►GOLDIE –  Pioneer in Drum n’ Bass and jungle music, Goldie has worked alongside Rob Playford, Heist, David Bowie and BET’s Lifetime Achievement Awarded KRS-One. Former leader of Rufige Kru and founder of Metalheadz Records in 1994, Goldie helped popularize drum’ n’ bass as a form of musical expression. Familiar with success, Goldie’s album ‘Timeless’ hit the 7th place in the UK’s album chart in 1995 after releasing Terminator, pioneering the use of time stretching.

►EMALKAY - Birmingham-based Dubstep producer signed to Boka and founder of his own label Morphic Sounds before settling down at Dub Police, Emalkay confirmed his name when the phenomenal When I Look At You was released in 2009. Experimenting with rhythmic, compositional and sonic qualities, choosing carefully the tracks he remixes – Watercolour from Pendulum, Sun to Me from Faithless - he is always moving forward while staying true to his sound.

►16 BIT – 16bit is DRT and Kidnappa, a heavy Dubstep twosome from the UK. The duo have been putting on some temperature-checking sets around the world and getting their dub­plates spun out by some of the scene’s names like Chef and Rusko. They have had releases on a variety of labels such as Boka Records, Destpub, Urban Essentials, Sequence, and on the legendary Southside Dubstars. In 2010 16 Bit’s track ‘Jump’ was featured in the highly circulated Nike ad, and a remix appearance on Plan B’s She Said EP.

►MT. EDEN – Mt Eden is a world renowned dubstep and drum ‘n’ bass duo from New Zealand. In 2009 they had released a free debut album called Mount Eden, which stands for the name of a ‘cinder cone’ and surrounding suburb in Auckland City their hometown.  Apart from producing his own tracks such the instant hit ‘Still Alive’, which overtake more than 20 million views on YouTube, he also has remixed tracks for artists like The Prodigy 'Omen', Bat For Lashes 'Daniel', Sigur Ros ‘Saeglopur’, and Madonna ‘Frozen’. Mt. Eden certainly made history for the fellow mass YouTubed and dubstepped his way up the ladder of notorious views and astonished mankind.

►TROLLEY SNATCHA – Originally from Northampton and currently releasing on Dub Police, Trolley, Snatcha used to drum n’ bass with his childhood friends, Doctor P and Flux Pavilion. The DJ assessed his belonging to dubstep with massive productions such as The Future or Bigman Vulture. Between the release of its last EP ‘One Tricky Pony’ and prestigious guest mixes including Contact and Hold On, the DJ is unstoppable.

►BARE NOIZE Since their 'Dance In Dark' remix first surfaced in 2009, the electronic calamity that is Bare Noize (Ollie Pile and Daniel Brown) have gained support from the likes of Crookers, DJ Zinc and Joker as well as remixes for high-profile artists including Skrein, M'Black and Foreign Beggars.

►SUKH KNIGHT - is a dubstep & Drum ‘n’ Bass producer from East London. At first keen on grime music thanks to Scratcha/DVA, he tried with success to develop the genre incorporating his Asian influences. Member of the MDK Cartel and recently linked up with Ges-e, he is mostly known for mixes such as Spliff Dub.

►SKISM – is a London based DJ and producer who has rapidly cemented himself in the darker side of the Dubstep scene. Signed to the ‘Never Say Die’ record label, he’s ranked as one of the top Dubstep DJ’s and Producers worldwide, along with Datsik, Excision and Skream as well as putting his inimitable production style on the vocal talents of UK rappers the Foreign Beggars & Envy. Blazing trails through filthy, grimey, dubstep gigs across all over the world, SKisM's frantic 3 deck DJ Sets has gained notoriety as fast as his musical output.

►STENCHMAN – Dubstep DJ and Dover resident, Stenchman joined Bovinyl Moosick, Prime Audio and True Tiger labels. The mysterious masked man have done remixes for Diplo, Wu Tang Clan, Robyn, Yasmin and Enter Shikari amongst others.

►ARTIFICIAL INTELIGENCE – Hailing from North London, Artificial Intelligence are a drum and bass production duo comprising of Zula Warner and Glenn Herweijer. Over the years A.I have dabbled with renowned labels, releasing remixes of some of the biggest dance and hip hop tracks of the past few years including Kelis’s Trick Me, Eric Prydz Slamming’ and more recently Fat Freddys Drop Cays Crays.

►METRIK – From Guildford, Surrey. The drum n’ bass DJ caught the ear of Viper Recordings in 2008 and released the epic Movin On/Stranger with the label. The hit is followed by Your World, Technicolour, Time to Change and many more. This culminated in Radio 1's poignant use of the track as a sound bed on their coverage of Barrack Obama's victory speech on Colin Murray's show. With his name on the lips of the world’s biggest DJ’s, Metrik is much in demand as remixer, being the first port of call for artists such as Eric Prydz, Sasha, Stanton Warriors, Funkstar Deluxe & Skepta.




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