The festive season is well underway and while those presents aren’t getting bought until Christmas Eve your clubbing calendar is starting to look like a game of Tetris gone wrong.
But just to add a spanner in the works we have one more to squeeze into the schedule as none other than UK Garage pioneer MJ Cole will be gracing our decks for the final Saturday Sessions of the year
From humble beginnings in the late 90s, MJ Cole started out as a Royal College Music graduate before he went on to become the blueprint for the UK garage scene. After releasing his era-defining single “Sincere” in 1998, MJ Cole went on to sign to Gilles Peterson’s Talkin’ Loud label where he put out a debut album under the same name. Not only was it nominated for the Mercury Music prize, but it also spawned the massive hit “Crazy Love”. Having never lost touch with the underground scene, MJ Cole is renowned for keeping his music as fresh as it comes. Aside from him own productions, he has produced for Wiley, Dizzee Rascal and worked on Example’s second album “Won’t Go Quietly”. Let’s take it back:
Second on the bill we have another big garage legend, Zed Bias, who’s been a key figure on the UKG scene for over two decades now. Producer, DJ and remixer Zed, aka Dave Jones, first started making waves in 2000 with what is now regarded as one of the best UK Garage tracks of all time, “Neighbourhood”. Forever pushing forward, Zed Bias is always moving ahead of the times and released tracks under a number of guises including Maddslinky and Phuturistix. As a trailblazer of underground dance music, his productions have graced the playlists of Radio 1 DJs Gilles Peterson and Mary Anne Hobbs, as well as making themselves at home in the record boxes of Toddla T., Skream and Plastician.
Joining MJ Cole and Zed Bias will be Sirus Hood, who has carved out a name for himself through combining the modern deep house sound with the Chicago hip house movement of the 80s to push the limits of the booty house style. After meeting with fellow countrymen, Amine Edge & DANCE, Hood became the first artist to release on the former's CUFF record label and has regularly played out at their events across the globe. Here’s what went down at the club when he played back in July:
Rounding off the bill we have CamelPhat, who is back after his talked-about set at the club for our 24th Birthday and Ministry favourite SE7EN. While in the 103, Curtis Gabriel, Dom Townsend, Justin Berkmann, Mike Wooller and Jesse James will be taking over. Are you in?