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Karen P Presents… Buraka Som Sistema October 16, 2008

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Karen P Presents… Broadcasting Live: Buraka Som Sistema  (Full Live Band) + Bass Clef + Sound Species. @ CARGO
Tuesday 21st October 2008
7pm – 1am
£7.50 adv

Portugese electro-ghettotech group Buraka Som Sistema has been big in Lisbon clubs since the late 90s. Members Lil’ John, Riot and Conductor have fused with the wild beats of Angolan Kuduro music with 21st century electronics to create a whole new sound, and this take on their favourite South West African music is corrupting dancefloors all over the world.

The three draw influences from the music of their youth and culture, fusing it with the inspiration taken from music genres as diverse as Techno, Drum’n’Bass, Hip Hop and Dance music. A revolving cast of talents complete the picture for BSS, including guest vocals from Petty, M.I.A., Pongolove, Kalaf, Nolay and DJ Znobia.

The band’s unique sound has already made them favourites with critics and DJs alike. Championed by Diplo, M.I.A, Santogold and Switch, Buraka Som Sistema also scored FACT magazine’s prestigious 12” Single of the Year for ‘Yah!’ and were finalists in MTVs New Sound of Europe competition. Their video for ‘Sound of Kuduro’ featuring M.I.A. has become a viral sensation online. It features footage of their recent trip to Angola, where kids are dancing in the streets, despite being surrounded by all manner of violence.

Bass Clef is the genius who partners the trumpet with dub step. A native Londoner he spent a brief apprenticeship playing bass in various bands before taking off on his own route and honing his skills in his bedroom studio.

The result was the signature Bass Clef sound, one that fuses together the musical undercurrents of both Bristol and East London into the heavy, sparse, dubbed-out plates of bass and drum beloved of both scenes. Recording analogue basslines, and whipsmart drum programming onto four-track tape, Bass Clef is the sound of structure created, Black Ark-style, through guitar pedals and FX units.

The live Bass Clef experience is not to be missed, with live trombone, pirate flags, improvised arrangement and a maelstrom of hand-percussion flying about. He has shared stages with Konono No 1, Appleblim, Pinch, Kode 9, and Digital Mystikz, played nights as grimy as the Warrior Dubz tour, and as cerebral as the White Cube Gallery in Whitechapel. He’s become a festival specialist at Venn and Swn, and travelled to Holland, Germany and Greece.

Autumn 2007 revealed Bass Clef’s best and most ambitious work yet: the three volume Zamyatin Tapes series. Spread over two 12″s (Vols 1 & 2) and a special digital-only release (Vol 3), with their traces of futurist disco and Detroit techno Zamyatin tracks have been cropping up in DJ sets by Aphex Twin, Optimo and Hot Chip. “This is ‘dubstep (not dubstep)’” says Plan B Magazine.

Soundspecies have had a big 2008 so far, with tracks featured on Radio 1’s Gilles Peterson Show, 1 Xtra’s Benji B and Simon Harris’ Nu-World. With an album due to be released early next year on Burntprogress (Tony Nwachukwu’s Club CDR linked imprint) 2009 looks to be an even bigger year for them.

Soundspecies was formed by brothers Henry and Olly Keen. Raised with a jamboree of musical instruments for toys, playing with sounds and rhythms was an early passion. Fast forward to 1999, Henry was a vinyl enthusiast and DJ and Olly was playing bass in various bands. With the intervention of a new Apple G3 computer set-up in the family home, they began experimenting with the world of electronic music making.

Since then, Soundspecies have continued to work towards finishing and releasing material, improving their skills and honing their sound, drawing on the talents of brothers Nat and Barney as well as friends and friends of friends…… This is not genre music, it is ‘party music’

Karen P cut her teeth at Radio 1 before becoming the youngest ever producer at the station, and landing her dream job – producing Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide show. Since she launched her eponymous production company, Karen quickly established herself as a global authority on Podcasts and post-broadcast audio, setting up groundbreaking projects and platforms like Red Bull Music Academy Radio. Karen has DJed around Europe for years but in London her most significant residency has been alongside Gilles at the Independent Mix at Cargo, which featured leftfield live sets and a musical mix best described as genre-defying.

For info contact Krista @ Outpost | krista@outpostmedia.co.uk | 020 7684 5634

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Editors Notes:

RBMA Radio

As usual the Broad Casting night will be recorded especially for Red Bull Music Academy Radio – a snug fit amongst an archive of music from the most iconoclastic DJs & musicians of our time; Leftfield, underground, contemporary and genre-crossing.  All of this year’s Broadcasting sets are available to listen on demand here http://rbmaradio.com but we would particularly recommend checking out Mulatu and The Heliocentrics, Jimi Tenor and Gilles Peterson.


83 Rivington St, Kingsland Viaduct

Shoreditch, London, Ec2a 3ay

http://www.cargo-london.com / http://www.myspace.com/cargolondon

Tubes: Old St / Liverpool St

Buses: 35 / 55

Restaurant: 020 7749 7844

General enquiries: 020 7739 3440

Tickets are available from:

http://www.ticketweb.co.uk- 08700 600 100

http://www.fatcity.co.uk- 0161 237 1181



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