Right, so I’m sure some of you out there are familiar with the collective I help run, !Kaboogie. For those that don’t, we’re a music and arts crew who have been running tings here in Dublin for the last four years. Bass-heavy gigs, free clubs, film screenings, music workshops, a record label and three radio shows is what we do. Plus, we got probably the most ultimate legion of die-hard heads who come to our parties and support our buzz. Before I get too teary-eyed from looking off into the distance, let me give a quick round-up of what to expect over the coming weeks.
April 15th: We do a free late club night every second Thursday as a little warmer-upper for the weekend. We’ve had two previous homes for this, but The Good Bits on Store St is without doubt the best so far. Fat soundsystem, friendly staff and a proper underground ambience combine to create a proper atmosphere for the !K Club (as its known). We aim to showcase up-and-coming Irish acts here, as well as the odd established artist (and even the occassional international act…watch this space!). It’s a great chance for producers/DJs who are looking for gigs to roadtest a liveset or loosen up on the decks before going for bigger club stuff, especially considering the musical awareness and encouragement that comes from the regular crowd (there’s just something in my eye, honest…). The last one on April 1st saw Welfare and Shatterfreak bring the house down with a sick liveset of skanking, dubby goodness, under their Subversus guise I do believe. I’ll do a post here soon to let ye know what guests we have coming up the next while, but in the meantime, free yrself up for the 15th, unnerstan?
April 16th: Our chums the Wobble crew will be putting on a rib-rattling, no-nonsense bass-feast featuring a top-notch, all-Irish lineup (am-I over-using the-dashes?). Noid the Droid, Manus Goan, T-Woc, Richie !K and Don Rosco will be responsible for the shapes you will be pulling pon the floor. Plus, Mount Kimbie is playing upstairs. Do it.
May 1st: Sibín Festival 2010, Man’O’War, Balbriggan. Guaranteed good times at this, I’ve had whopper fun at this the last two years. Proper tunage and a good chance of some tasty BBQ if ye get there early in the day. !Kaboogie input this year will be Hyperdub’s Scratcha DVA, plus Richie !K and me back to back, as well as A-Force and Eomac back to back. More info here.
May 29th: Elijah & Skilliam in the Twisted Pepper. This is gonna be savage! I remember the first time hearing grime, it was old Mark 1 and Slaughter Mob stuff (in fact, it was this). I was listening to a lot of electro and techno at that point, so hearing riddims as abrasive as that left me with quite the shocked face, so many snares man!! I’ve always had a soft spot for the odd grime 12″ here and there since, but in the last year or so things have picked up a bit. Yeah, I know Terror Danjah‘s been doing his thing for yonks, but that man has some unbelievable stuff up his sleeve that’s gonna be dropped over the next while, just you wait! Also, Elijah & Skilliam have been raising the profile of grime a few degrees of late. Mega delighted to have them coming over, these boys are gonna mash up the place!! There’s a pretty decent write up on their buzz, as well as a delicious DJ mix from the pair over here, courtesy of FACT Magazine.
FACT Mix 135 - Elijah & Skilliam
Stay tuned for news of support and all, but I know for a fact the All City lads will be doing an album launch for the mighty Onra upstairs (speaking of All City, check the article I did on them here).