Heritage Breaks presents: Krafty Kuts, Plump DJs and Cut La Roc at Hare And Hounds
Saturday 16th - Sunday 17th September 2017
- Venue/Location: Hare And Hounds, Birmingham
- Doors: 21:00 till 03:00 (Last entry: 02:00)
- Min Age: 18
Classic breakbeat music from 1980 to 2005.....old-school Hip Hop, Breakbeat house, Miami booty bass, Jungle, Drum and Bass, and everything inbetween.
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A celebration - 20 Years of Finger Lickin Records!!
“Now let me tell you the story of life… the story of life… the story of life…
… the Soul of Man – now watch ‘em! “
So began the very first recording for a brand-new label, created with just an Atari and a sampler in a sitting room in Shepherds Bush at the turn of the last century. Armed with that first single, Finger Lickin’ Records sprang into life in a tiny office above Bar Vinyl in London’s Camden Town, way back in 1997. Sharing the building also was record shop Vinyl Addiction, and the spot quickly became both a hub and a mecca for the infant breakbeat scene with all the main playas from all walks of dance music coming in for a beer, a gas and a shuffle through the well-stocked shelves.
Founded by Justin Rushmore and Jem Panufnik (aka Soul of Man, and at that point the only artists on the label) Finger Lickin’ immediately started to make waves with the boys’ aforementioned debut release, Love & Hate, but it was their follow-up single Between the Eyes that finally hammered in the label’s reputation for furious futuristic funk, winning support from high-profile DJs such as Fatboy Slim, Pete Tong, Seb Fontaine, Annies Mac and Nightingale, not to mention a veritable army of influential underground DJs like Adam Freeland, Freestylers, Freddy Fresh and Freq Nasty (and they’re just the ones starting with F).
Abel Reynolds was next to join the management team and it wasn’t long before a collection of other DJs and producers were welcomed into the Finger Lickin’ family: Lee Coombs, Plump DJs, Slyde, A-Skilllz and Krafty Kuts all started releasing hugely successful singles, albums and remixes on the label. Drumattic Twins (formerly rave pioneers Shades of Rhythm), Dreadzone, Stereo 8, Brothers Bud, Scott Nixon, Flint, Freaky Jalapeno, Jem Stone & JC and 2 inda Bush also contributed to almost fifteen years of pioneering hip-hop, house and breaks. Collaborations with legends such as Kurtis Blow, Gary Newman and Arthur Baker further cemented Finger Lickin’s reputation as a world leader not only of the breakbeat scene, but in dance music as a whole, its influence undeniable. With no expense spared on their lavish full-colour sleeves (created by in-house artist and co-founder Jem), each release remains to this day hot property for serious collectors and vinyl junkies alike.
In 2009, after more than a decade of prolific activity, their DJs touring the world and with 100 singles, 24 albums plus countless awards and accolades under their belt, Finger Lickin’ decided to put their release schedule on the backburner and concentrate on managing their formidable team of music-makers in their continuing quest to send their solid grooves worldwide. Welcome full-time into the fold such luminaries as Krafty Kuts, the Freestylers, Utah Saints, Deekline, Dub Pistols and a whole heap of past FLR remixers and affiliates, as well as a new wave of fresh hard-funkin’ blood such as Plaza de Funk, Fort Knox 5, The Correspondents, Pimpsoul, Parker and Featurecast.
The story of life continues, and the future is still looking Finger Lickin’ good…
About Krafty Kuts
Clown’s assistant, trifle tester, bingo caller, a machinist making fireplaces... These are just four of the many jobs Martin Reeves slogged to save sheckles for his first Technics. The clown job was fun. The trifle testing job was tasty. Bingo calling was a warped look into the world of an MC but without the music. As for his machine job? Not so good... During a red-eyed overtime shift Martin suffered the every aspiring turntablist’s worse nightmare: he sawed off the tips of his fingers on his left hand. These are the breaks: Years of practicing, winning local competitions and in the running for the UK DMC qualifiers, years of running his own breakdancing events, years of stalking boot sales for rare breaks, living and breathing beat culture... Martin’s dreams were dashed before Krafty Kuts was a conceptual apple in his eye.
Don’t worry, there’s a happy ending. He invested his compensation in two record stores, Instant Vibes in Worthing and Happy Vibes in Brighton. Established during the peak of 12” fever, both brand names still typify Martin’s personality and approach to this day. Business developed as quickly as his fingers and turntable tricks were recovering and his studio skills were sharpening. Happy Vibes became a phenomenon; a crucial hub of Brighton’s big beat culture, it became a source of the scene’s many samples and soundtracks and was regularly frequented by the town’s proud range of musicians and producers. It wasn’t rare to see Paul Weller or Fatboy Slim pop by for wax chats... And it wasn’t rare to see Martin sharing and swapping dubs and ideas with his customers who would soon become friends. Friends like long-standing collaborator A Skillz and long-term business partner Lloyd Skool Of Thought with whom he established the legendary Supercharged, one of the most consistent and influential breakbeat events and labels throughout the two-thousand-and-zeroes, renowned for celebrating the most exciting names in all shades of bass music. Krafty and Lloyd also set up Against The Grain. One of UK bass music’s most influential imprints, Against The Grain blessed the world with many funk bruisers including The Freestyler’s album Raw As F**K and their worldwide hit Push
Up and Krafty Kuts and Tim Deluxe’s DJ Mag award-winning Bass Phenomenon. Against The Grain were also one of the earliest labels to embrace smart phone technology to create a groundbreaking creative DJ app that allowed DJs to carry a bounty of FX tools and MC hype calls in their pockets. It has since been utilised and sampled by DJs in every genre from EDM to drum & bass. Fatboy Slim was another crucial Happy Vibes connection: he signed Krafty Kuts’ debut EP to Southern Fried and put him on Ministry Of Sound’s radar. They instantly snapped him up for their now legendary FSUK imprint. These formative releases would lead to a wealth of productions that have been supported from artists across the scene and have been licenced to soundtrack everything from Master Chef to Sky Sports to Guy Ritchie movie Mean Machine to Coca Cola commercials. Over the years he’s given us two critically acclaimed, genre-smelting, Breakspoll award-winning solo albums (2006’s Freakshow and 2012’s Let’s Ride) and one legendary hip-hop/funk homage album Tricka Technology with A Skillz. He’s collaborated with the likes Kurtist Blow, Jungle Brothers, Freddy Fresh and Dr Luke and given us countless EPs and remixes on myriad labels from OWSLA to AudioPorn, Finger Lickin’to Skint, Fort Knox to 18thStreet Lounge Music. Krafty Kuts has also instigated the Wicked City project with Pete Erb N Dub, Skope, Dynamite MC and Steve Barton. A live band dedicated to ageless funk, Wicked City made their debut at the sold out 1700 capacity Brixton Electric, they’ve recorded in the Abbey Road Studios and enjoyed numerous uploads on leading bass tastemaker channel UKF.
All this and we haven’t even covered Krafty Kut’s life as a DJ. Famed for his inventive combos and wily technical chops, Krafty’s sets smack of a man addicted to funk in all its forms and have won countless awards. His Slam The Breaks series and Mixmag’s Instant Party 2001 covermount CDare especially of note as they coining breakbeat’s core spirit of melting down sounds, styles and flavours and set the blueprint for the bass phenomenon that was to soundtrack the 21st century. They also catapulted Krafty from the UK circuit to a world tour that’s never really stopped. From Rocking The Daisies in South Africa to Electric Castle in Romania by way of Glastonbury, Bestival and Australia’s biggest music festivals Breakfast, Big Day Out (to over 40,000 people alongside Rage Against The Machine and Bjork) and Summadayze (to over 25,000 straight after Groove Armada). He’s also played unique events such as the Chinese Grand Prix and Spotify’s launch party and is resident at Dubai’s Zero Gravity. Krafty Kuts has also hosted and sold-out events in Fabric, Matter, Cable and Brixton Electric where he’s recruited friends such as Grand Master Flash, Z Trip, Thievery Corporation, KOAN Sound and Big Gigantic. In short, Krafty’s showman skills have remained as in demand as they were at the turn of the century.
This is largely down to his ability to properly entertain, pay attention to detail and a dust his knuckles in his bottomless crates. Just as likely to play Parliament as he is Plump DJs, Krafty’s party knowhow and reputation for digging deep and catering for music lovers of many distinctions has ensured broad and loyal following the world over. And when he’s not playing in their town, they know he’ll be delivering another mix compilation such as his Fabriclive 34 mix, his curve-balling Back To Mine mix or one of his now-legendary podcasts. Clocking in at over a million downloads since launching in 2014, Krafty Kuts’ golden era mixes represent everything you’ve read so far: his passion for the beats, his lifelong studying and collecting, his deck gymnastics. Each Golden Era mix acts as comprehensive schooling in a genre, curating seminal classics and underground gems and tailored with pimp-tight character. Complete with interviews with key artists in the genre he’s celebrating, they’re not just DJ mixes, they’re documents that take a month of research, compiling, editing and designing new routines. What’s more, they’re documents that remind us that Krafty Kuts is a DJ you can trust: A DJ who’s still inspired by blowing people away with blue sky musical dot-joining through decades of dancefloor heritage and intense dexterity. A DJ who doesn’t rely on the big hits or over the top theatrics, and truly understands the true nature of all parties large or small... A DJ who has never lost his passion since he first took on all those crazy jobs to save up for his first Technics.
About Plump DJs
Plumps DJs are internationally renowned UK DJ/Producer duo Andy Gardner and Lee Rous of London, whose passion for innovation and non-conformist attitude to electronic music has fuelled their fire for over a decade.Notorious frontline pioneers of the breakbeat genre in late 90's, the Plump DJs have diversified in recent years incorporating broader styles in dance. Though their sound is still widely thought to maintain a breakbeat aesthetic. Landing back to back club hits in 2017, the duo are firmly back on the top of the breaks charts again, with releases on Punks music and their own Grand Hotel record labels.
Self admitted suckers for bass and ‘the groove', the duo fuse their favourite styles from their misspent youth into what they call ‘Plump Music'. The multi genre influences of Acid, Breakbeat, House, Funk, Garage, Disco, HipHop, Electro, Miami Bass, Rave, Rock, Techno and Soul, are melted together on a daily basis at their Soho recording studios. The creative hub from which Andy & Lee make their music, in the centre of the sound shaping city of London. The results of which have led the duo to the four corners of the world to perform their purist four deck live show, notching up over 1200 appearances to date.
During their prolific musical career spawning over 100 singles, 6 albums, and 5 compilations to date. Their list of collaborators and remixes reads like a dream line up at superfestival: Mark Ronson, Gary Newman, Deadmou5, Fatboy Slim, Orbital, Jermaine Jackson and Louise Rhodes... The list goes on, and yet the duo have still managed to maintain relevance on a world scene with recent cross genre support from the artistes like Porter Robinson, Eats Everything & A-Track. To add to essential UK radio support and plays from BBC Radio 1 DJ’s Annie Mac, Mista Jam and Annie Nightingale, galvanizing an already established list of Plump enthusiasts. Their legendary 10 year residency at Fabric Nightclub, and subsequent regular shows at their home towns coolest venues XOYO & The Nest are testament to the success of the Plump DJs in the London to this day. Further afield their performances have graced the main stages at Glastonbury UK, Coachella USA, Fuji Rock JAP, Breakfest AUS, and the Berlin Love Parade GER to name a few. Some of the worlds best nightclubs and venues have also felt the power of repeat Plump DJs shows, Womb in Tokyo, Avalon LA, and even The O2 London are all on the 'smashed it' list.
Gardner & Rous are true innovators of sound who proudly co-created the popular Breakbeat genre of the last decade with their initial releases on Finger Lickin’Records. Pioneers of production whose shared passion for electronic music and the art of making people dance, has inspired a generation of dance floor experiments. The ever-evolving sound of Plump DJs continues to be met with enthusiasm from discerning dance music fans worldwide. Listen then to the sound of Plump Music.
About Cut La Roc
Lee Potter, aka Cut La Roc, made his name in the hurly-burly big beat days of the late 90s. Signed to Skint Records, the same label as Norman ‘Fatboy’ Cook, he was responsible for pioneering the big beat sound worldwide alongside Midfield General, Bentley Rhythm Ace and Fatboy Slim himself.
Cut La Roc held a four-year residency at the Big Beat Boutique in his hometown of Brighton. He’s DJ’d all around the world several times, appeared on Top Of The Pops, set a new Guinness world record for DJing with the most decks at once (nine!), and has recorded with vocalists such as Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody.
It all started for Cut La Roc when he got into hip-hop in his mid-teens. He practised scratch techniques for hours, becoming an expert battle champ, and when acid house hit in the late 80s he was exhilarated by its energy. He began to DJ in clubs, using his scratch skills to stand out from other DJs, and by the mid-90s had fallen in with the Skint Records crew.
Big beat, the sound that coalesced around Fatboy Slim and the Skint brigade, was a perfect genre for Lee. Mashing together block-rockin’ beats, amyl house, sample culture, breakbeat and drum & bass, this was an exciting time for electronic music. Big beat is credited with converting a slew of indie-rock fans to the wonders of dance music, and its mix ‘n’ match ethos suited Lee down to the ground.
As well as being resident at the Big Beach Boutique for many years, Lee DJ’d all over America, Australia, Europe and the Far East. He put out first the ‘Mad Skills EP’ on Skint, swiftly followed by the ‘Freeze’, ‘Making It Hot’ and ‘Fallen’ singles. He was invited to mix an ‘FSUK’ comp for Ministry Of Sound before releasing his debut album on Skint – ‘La Roc Rocs’ – in the year 2000.
Assorted tracks and remixes of his were signed to tons of compilations, and after he moved to Colchester and saw that the music industry was rapidly changing he set up his own label – Rocstar Recordings.
Rocstar released Lee’s ‘Many Styles EP’ and music by beatfreak luminaries such as Chad Jackson and DJ Whack before putting out Lee’s second artist album in 2007 – ‘Nemesis’.
Next up was the release of ‘Larger Than Life’ he at this stage had accumulated a tidy roster of artists on Rocstar – Parker, Funkanomics, Pixel Fist, 601, Ben & Lex etc – and also was the point when Lee started the Rocstar DJ agency to service the dance scene with DJ bookings for his ever grown rosta of talent
‘Larger Than Life’ saw Lee collaborating with a wide variety of vocalists. Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol, Donald D, Lion D, Alex Larke & Fangs to name a few.
Lee continues to produce his own music, DJ, work with and nurture up and coming artists and runs both the Rocstar & Wikki Wikki agencies as well as co-running Rocstar Recordings alongside his business partner Marco Distefano. 'It's all about time management' apparently! rather him than me!
About Heritage Nights
A friendship cemented by a shared love of electronic music, Will Letterese and Alex Hammond have both worked and been part of dancefloors since the mid-90's, both as clubbers and DJs. Both grew up listening to music from an early age, drawing on so many influences from early acid house trax, hip house, electro, french house, synth-pop, techno, US garage, breakbeat, tribal house, hip hop, jungle, progressive house, UKG, bashment, speed garage, rave and disco. Both are seriously avid musical trainspotters and take pride in a love and deep knowledge on all kinds of electronic dance music.
Keeping the spirit of this amazing music alive, Will and Alex present Heritage; featuring vintage dance music from 1982 to 2002. Bringing celebrated guest DJs who have influenced us and have shaped this world into the phenomenon that it is today.
This will be an historic and educational journey into the world of quality dance music, providing an insight into how new artists draw upon classic inspiration and influence from these genres. The actual clubbing experience will take you back to the golden US/UK era of the 1990's.....
Hare And Hounds
High Street, Kings Heath
Phone: 0121 444 2081
Acid House, Bass Music, Breaks, Drum n Bass, Jungle
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