Bubblin & 80SR Present: BOK BOK (Night Slugs), L-VIS 1990 (Night Slugs), DANNY CORN, BEN TACTIC & GRAINTABLE
Written by Sean Mahan on July 3, 2014
Bok Bok and L-VIS 1990 will play at Rotture this Saturday, July 5th. The gig takes part of a larger world tour for Night Slugs. Co-founder Alex Sushon (Bok Bok) will be joined by his labelmate James Connelly (L-VIS 1990) for a performance that is expected to fuse house music and grime into a separate hybrid, the so-called bass.
Bok Bok is a South London based DJ, making his name on London’s underground scene around when the Grime music was first emerging from the capitol’s tower blocks. Sushon cites genres of music ranging from Grime, Techno, Baltimore, Jersey, Philly Club, 80s funk as influences. Along with L-VIS 1990, the duo cultivates unique sound, cross-pollinating ideas from their various influences around UK and Europe. Their label Night Slugs have developed one of the most distinctive sounds in UK dance music, a mutable hybrid of grime, house, electro, R&B, techno, hip-hop, and dubstep. The club events, associated with the label, have graduated from a low-key affair in Camberwell to one of London’s best regular nights, spread across several venues. It is the desire to push innovative, unpretentious dance music free from formula and geographical boundaries while staying true to the UK sound system culture that birthed the night.
The performance is in support of Bok Bok’s new EP Your Charizmatic Self, featuring five instrumental tracks, considered as 21st century future funk. Resident Advisor described it as being weirder and much more unique than much of the skewed house being made by his peers. The EP leads off with one of the breakthrough voices of 2013, Kelela. The cutting-edge R&B singer included two of his productions on her debut album Cut 4 Me, and shines here in Melba’s Call, which is getting buzz in the British press as a possible song of the summer. The rest of the album finds Bok Bok experimenting with what he calls R&G (Rhythm & Grime) with three stuttering slabs of funk, two chilled-out interludes and an instrumental version of Melba’s Call. Overall, the album is seen as a vivid depiction of a producer on a mission to innovate and excite.
The expectation is to experience hi-tech riddims, android anthems, and gutter house galore, representing the London´s underground club scene with its futuristic side of bass-heavy, hip hop-leaning dancefloor obliterators.