Kicking off the summer in style we have no other than the mighty Calyx & Teebee AND Benny Page! If DnB is your thing you def don't wana miss this one. Supporting we have local lads Shortson, ORI and Xav . Toad Reactor in room 2 - a collective of Bristol based artists pushing the weirder side of heavy bass music. Zenji, Sample Junkie, Audio Gutter and Hurtdeer representing.
CALYX & TEEBEE
To drum & bass fans the world over the names Calyx and TeeBee are synonymous with high quality, perfectly sculpted music. Just as Michelangelo discovered statues in blocks of stone, so Calyx and TeeBee discovered the essence of D&B locked away in studio equipment; always forward-thinking and packed with as much integrity as energy; their music has had an impact on the scene for over fifteen years.
After becoming a permanent duet, Calyx & TeeBee launched Momentum Music, which marked its first release with their debut long player. The ‘Anatomy’ LP proved to be one of the most highly anticipated albums in D&B for years, gaining massive support from the scene’s big players and topping sales charts for months. ‘Anatomy’ proved to be a game changer, and following its release Calyx & TeeBee embarked on several unrelenting tours across the globe, venturing into joint DJ sets featuring 6 decks and 3 mixers with both DJs in action simultaneously. Meanwhile the duo started to lay groundwork for their follow-up LP which they dedicated five years to complete.
In 2012, Calyx & TeeBee signed to Ram Records, arguably the biggest and most respected drum & bass label in the world and a leading light in the multi-genre bass music scene. Featuring stunning collaborations with Beardyman and Foreign Beggars and the first of many tracks featuring Calyx’s previously undiscovered voice, the pair released a succession of chart-topping singles that led up to the award winning LP ‘All Or Nothing’. The pair achieved unprecedented success with the album; sweeping awards for ‘Best Single’ with ‘Elevate This Sound’, ‘Best Video’ with ‘Pure Gold, ‘Best LP’ & ‘Best Producer’. A near-constant run of radio plays led to the duo being asked to do a BBC Essential Mix and to top off the year, their mix was then voted as one of five nominees for ‘Essential Mix of the year’.
Through 2017 they have been releasing a track every month and a single every 2 months; and yet again they are omni-present in charts, playlists and lineups around the world. Having written the opening ceremony music for the world’s biggest DnB festival: ‘Let It Roll’, they continue to fly the flag as leading lights of the genre. As their releases build up to a third album on Ram Records, there’s no doubt that their forthcoming LP ‘A Call To Arms’ will once again affirm the duo as one of the most exciting acts in electronic music today.
Heavily inspired by the bass lines of dub music, ragga jungle and Hip Hop a Benny page production does not go unheard in today’s ever changing bass music culture.
Over the last decade his music has seen airplay on major radio stations such as BBC Radio 1, 1xtra, Kiss FM, Choice FM and Rinse FM etc. He has also played a definitive role in shaping the sounds of the UK’s drum and bass movement. His name has become synonymous with tight production, heavyweight dance-floor tracks and clinical mixing skills.
Storming onto the scene with his 2006 anthem “Turn Down The Lights” he has gone on to release a slew of seminal ragga jungle cuts, as well as numerous well received productions across the dance music spectrum.
His own label High Culture Recordings, exemplifies Benny’s ability to move effortlessly through the different sounds of UK electronic music, much of the labels output so far has been refreshingly diverse. Tracks such as “Raggamuffin”, “Stamina” and “What Must I Do” draw influence from the current UK funky, house and dubstep movements, while the latest release “Top Rank Skank” sees a return to classic Benny Page with its bouncy reggae backing track and huge vocals from the one Mr Williamz who is another artist to watch out for on High Culture.
He is currently preparing his 1st studio album being recorded in both the UK and Jamaica. The eclectic sounds of the album range from Dancehall to Trap, Reggae to Drum & Bass and Dubstep, and is being voiced by Jamaican vocal legends including Big Youth, Beenie Man, Spice, Popcaan, Protoje and Assassin. It’s a new sound that will cross cultures and fan bases between JA and the UK, all culminating in a carnival style, high-energy, Jamaican-infused stage show with support from a number of artists.
Sick DnB producer from Exeter. Dj's for Rigurgitate Sound System. Been on the 'short list' for a while now...
Inspiration from the world of sound and music around him merges to create the forward thinking, unique & exciting music that this artist creates
Minimal techy sonic enthusiast , Known for big rollers and technical neuro. Supporting big names at shows in the UK, Slovakia & Czech Republic. Free party roots. Equipped with the darkest dubs..
TOAD REACTOR TAKE OVER
Toad Reactor is a collective of Bristol based artists pushing the weirder side of heavy bass music. Consisting of Zenji, Sample Junkie & Audio Gutter, this slimey trio has been smashing the UK festival scene with their unique concoction of hybrid 4x4, mutant bassline and a diverse range of heavy hitting unreleased material. With multiple takeovers planned ahead, this filthy bunch are sure to leave you shook and craving more. All hail the toad…
AUDIOGUTTER (Wonk#ay Records, In The Face, In:flux Audio)
After pushing his unique style of 4x4 & mutant bass, Audio Gutter has more recently ventured into the experimental side of heavy bass music. Often combining intricate neuro sounds and melodic elements with genres such as Grime, Dubstep, Garage and Half-Time. Audio Gutter’s sets are diverse & interesting yet laden with bass driven spacial beats resulting in his signature style. With plenty of new material to play out, we are hyped to have him on board.
ZENJI (Open Outlets,In The Face, Dubline)
Zenji is an Irish producer based in Bristol. Zenji's vibrant musicality and thoughtful arrangements find themselves unrestrained by boundaries and templates. A rich elixir of ethereal & emotive melodies, quirky & brutal basslines met with elaborate productions. This is hybrid electronic music as it’s finest. A true alchemist of sound, he draws his influence from video-game soundtracks and dreams. Zenji breaks down his influences and concocts them into something entirely original, fusing them with elements of Dubstep, Neuro, Bassline & Garage. Having collaborated with Culprate in the past and having various releases on the way, Zenji has a phenomenal amount of unreleased material to unleash.
SAMPLE JUNKIE (Chip Butty, In:flux Audio, In The Face)
Sample Junkie is an Irish Producer that is based in Bristol. Highly influenced by the mutant bass scene, his style combines heavy basslines and punchy drums to make music perfect for the dancefloor, and his signature use of themes and samples makes each tune an unique experience. The year has already been very busy for him playing for Marcus Nasty on Rinse Fm and a set at the Bangface Weekender. With numerous festival dates booked already and a forthcoming EP on Chip Butty Records coming out late April this year is set to be a big one for him.
HURTDEER (Wonk#ay Records, Mostly All Sorts)
What can we say about Hurtdeer? A connoisseur of unconventional beats and basses, he can put his hands on any genre and make it something completely new.
Expect a set of originals ranging from footwork to bassline, techno to breakcore, and a helluva lot of stuff not even worth trying to label.
***TICKETS & INFO***
Early Bird tickets now available from:
Get in there quick these will shift before you blink!
Tickets also available from the Phoenix Box Office and website.
Please bring ID and good vibes, see you on the dancefloor!