Just Jam

Feat. Omar Souleyman / D Double E & General Levy ft Sticky / Alexis Taylor & Brian Degraw / JME & Big Narstie ft Preditah and more

13 December 2014 / 19:30

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Omar Souleyman
A popular artist on the Syrian folk-pop circuit, Omar Souleyman was a wedding singer specializing in a high-octane version of dabke, a traditional style of music performed during line dances at weddings and other celebrations. In recent years he has collaborated with artists such as Bjork and Kieron Hebden and toured across the world, including sets at Glastonbury and All Tomorrow’s Parties. He is renowned for his outlandish live performances, featuring breakneck techno-style synths and beats, with collaborator and multi-instrumentalist Mahmoud Harbi whispering lyrics into Souleyman’s ear.

D Double E & General Levy Ft Sticky
A coming together of veterans young and old as hugely respected grime MC D Double E (of Newham Generals) is joined by reggae and jungle legend General Levy.
East London MC D Double E is one third of grime crew, Newham Generals, who signed to Dizzee Rascal's Dirtee Stank records in 2005, releasing their first full album, Generally Speaking in 2009. D Double E has since released a solo EP and founded his own record label, Bluku Music.

Joining him is raga MC, General Levy who has been active since the late 1980s in jungle, drum and bass and reggae as well as featuring on pop records such as with ska-pop legend Suggs and R and B singer, Mark Morrison.

Richard ‘Sticky’ Forbes built his reputation as one of the country’s leading club music producers and DJs of the last 10 years. His distinctive sound, combining 2step, garage and dancehall, has launched the careers of a number of UK artists including Mercury Award winning Ms Dynamite.

Alexis Taylor & Brian Degraw
Having already worked together on Degraw’s bEEdEEgEE solo project, Alexis Taylor (of UK indie electro group Hot Chip) and Brian Degraw (of US psych rockers Gang Gang Dance) join forces on stage.  Whilst both artists’ various projects have taken them in a multitude of musical directions, they are united by a playful melodic experimentation.

JME + Preditah + Big Narstie
Well known throughout the grime scene for his charismatic MCing, Big Narstie is equally comfortable commenting on the issues of the day in his Uncle Pain persona. JME has been producing music since childhood, starting with mobile phone ringtones, moving to Mario Paint, Game Boy Camera and finally pro software. After having founded Grime collective Boy Better Know with his brother Joseph Junior Adenuga (aka Skepta), JME has focused on his solo output, developing a reputation as one of the best grime MCs in the country.

Nathan Gerald, better known as Preditah, is a Garage/Grime music composer, DJ & Bassist from Birmingham. One of Grimes fastest rising stars, in the space of a year Preditah had mixed for Boiler Room, appeared on the cover or RWD Magazine, graced the pages of Mixmag and toured around Europe.

Traxman + Litebulb
The man who 'practically wrote the rulebook' (Pitchfork) of Chicago footwork, Traxman has been DJing and producing for over three decades. Characterised by its futuristic sound and rhythmic intricacy, footwork has been described as crossing the boundaries between avant-garde minimalism and high bpm dance. Footwork is the name of both the music and the street dance and fellow Chicagoan Litebulb will be performing live, showcasing the style’s electrifying fusion of house dance, breakdancing and high speed footwork.

Mumdance + Novelist
Since being discovered by Diplo in 2008 Mumdance, aka Jack Adams, has proven adept at keeping ahead of the music curve. Initially immersed in 8 bar grime, Adams has since collaborated with a huge array of artists; making mixtapes with NYC punks Cerebral Ballzy, producing techno in Paris with Brodinski or tropicália for electropop heavyweights Bonde Do Role in Brazil. Now Adams has returned to live music with a stripped down 100% hardware show.

Novelist is firmly part of the new wave of producer/MC grime artists. At just 17 years old he has already been lauded by and collaborated with some of the most respected names in the scene.

New Jersey native Uniiqu3, born Cherise Gary, took an interest to DJing four years ago and has been on steep trajectory in the state’s underground club circuit ever since with her mix of high production skills, rhythmic eccentricity and confident rap flow.

Erik Spanne, a.ka. Drippin, is a young producer with a flair for compelling takes on club music of all types.  Based in Norway, he produces sparse evocative tracks drawing inspiration from hip-hop, grime and dancehall.

Born in Angola but raised in Lisbon, Maboku produces polyrhythmic tunes that defy categorisation, bridging the divide between the hard edged sounds of kuduro and warm melodic house.


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