Northern Bass 13/14 New Years Eve: Second Announcement!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- Wednesday 9th October 2013
Northern Bass 13/14 New Years Eve: Second Announcement!
In what is promising to be an outstanding two days of New Years Eve celebrations to see out 2013 and welcome in 2014, Fuzen Entertainment is thrilled to announce that the following artists have now joined the increasingly stellar line-up for Northern Bass 13/14!
TALIB KWELI (USA) | DEAD PREZ (USA)
| LTJ BUKEM (UK) | LOADSTAR (UK)
SEDGE WARBLER (SA) | ODDISEE (USA)
BENNY TONES (NZ) | CHARLIE B (NZ) | TOMMY FLOWERS (NZ)
The Northern Bass team have been very busy folk, scouring the planet’s top music festivals to bring a truly global collective of bass artists – not just in drum and bass music, but across multiple genres encapsulating hip hop, grime, beats, electronic, break-beat, dub-step and more to New Zealand in December.
“We’re really excited that we’ve been able to put together such a strong and diverse line up for this year’s Northern Bass. I’m looking forward to seeing two of my personal favourites Talib Kweli and Dillinja tear up the main stage….and am very keen to check out local favourites The Upbeats Live show with MC Armanni!” says promoter Gareth Popham.
The addition of these established and ground-breaking artists combined with fresh new up and coming talent is going a long way to fulfilling what Northern Bass promises to bring to its audience: two days of totally mesmerising music and beats, heavyweight bass-lines, samples, loops and effects – what more could a bass culture enthusiast ask for? How about the fact that it’s all taking place in a gorgeous summer setting with camping, great facilities, good food and all at the best party time of the year!
DEC 30th & DEC 31st
Worsfold Farm, Mangawhai
Tickets are on-sale now from
Real Groovy Records, Conch Records
online at www.iticket.co.nz
TALIB KWELI (USA) |
DEAD PREZ (USA) | LTJ BUKEM (UK) | LOADSTAR (UK)
SEDGE WARBLER (SA) | ODDISEE (USA)
BENNY TONES (NZ) | CHARLIE B (NZ) | TOMMY FLOWERS (NZ)
joining the already announced line-up of:
Calyx and Teebee | Ladi
6 | Dub FX | The Upbeats Live W/MC Armanni | Onra
S.P.Y | Nu:Logic | Dillinja | Alix Perez | Swindle |
Electric Wire Hustle | EPROM | Icicle | Stickybuds | Supervillains RMC |
The Turnaround | Jason Howson with MC Koder | Soulware |
K+Lab | Latinaotearoa | Raiza Biza | Consequence Live | Organikismness |
Bailey Wiley | Orphan | Buck Rogers | Dylan C | Hollow Crooks |
Misfits of Zion | Mixed Crate DJ’s
+ More to be announced!
Gates open 10am for campers.
Music starts 4pm 30th Dec and 1pm 31st Dec
SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT ARTISTS:
TALIB KWELI (USA) -
Ever since emerging as a member of Black Star in the late 1990s, the Brooklyn bred rapper's hard-hitting music has been able to educate and entertain simultaneously. So it is no wonder that at the peak of their fame, both Jay-Z and 50 Cent named Talib Kweli as one of their favourite rappers.
DEAD PREZ (USA) -
With hard-hitting beats, politically aware rhymes, deft lyricism and strong song concepts, Dead Prez emerged in 2000 as one of rap’s most politically strident outfits. Stic man and M-1’s music provided a voice for the voiceless, a sobering look at the global power structure that was crippling billions of people internationally and millions of Americans domestically.
LTJ BUKEM (UK) -
Arguably the prime innovator in the development of jungle from it’s early status as an offshoot of hard-core techno into the respected, stylistic genre it became by the end of the 1990’s. LTJ Bukem gained fame as an auteur in all fields of the drum n bass movement: as a top-flight break-beat DJ, owner and label head of the Good Looking/Looking Good stable of labels and, of course, for his recordings – inspired by the lush strings and natural ambience of ‘70’s jazz fusion masters like Lonnie Liston Smith and Chick Corea as well as elegiac Chicago house and moody Detroit techno. Allied with the early ‘90’s rave and hard-core scene, Bukem began working on production near the end of the ‘80’s, though his light, airy sound made little sense to his contemporaries. Bukem’s style was emulated much more as the jungle scene gained momentum during the mid-‘90’s.
LOADSTAR (UK) -
Made up of Gavin Harris and Nick Hill, formerly and respectively known to the world of drum & bass as Xample and Lomax, this duo has surpassed the highest expectations in recent years by fusing their individual styles and creating a pioneering sound that imbues club dance floors, iPods and huge festival arenas with incredible energy and impeccable musical precision.
SEDGE WARBLER (SA) -
DJ Caviar and Expensive Drinks are the duo that make up Sedge Warbler. Pinning these two absolute music machines is a task of impossibility in itself. Both with illustrious solo careers of their own – Dank and Disco Izrael are allowing their blend of dirty, grinding, glitched-out synth and boom-bap, crunchy drum experiments, intertwined with warped and futuristic fiction raps to be fully realised by the throngs of fans that are standing in lines to see their shows! Their momentum is a runaway train of intricacy and loud ruckus great music! Sedge Wu is coming, and very few things can stop them!
ODDISEE (US) -
Amir Mohamed el Khalifa, better known by his stage name Oddisee, is an MC, rapper and producer hailing from Washington DC. Oddisee has performed with The Roots, produced for Freeway, Jazzy Jeff, Little Brother, De La Soul & Nikki Jean, MC’d on production from Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke and Kev Brown, his proudest moment was the birth of his critically acclaimed group Diamond District with fellow Washingtonians X.O. and yU.
BENNY TONES (NZ) -
Benny Tones is a Wellington based producer, DJ and Audio Engineer. It was a natural progression from DJing that led him to start producing his own beats in 2002 which eventually culminated in his solo album ‘Crysalis’, marking his work as a producer and beat maker. The album features a diverse host of voal and instrumental collaborators including Electric Wire Hustle’s Mara TK, Taay Ninh and Myele Manznaza, Fat Freddy’s Joe Dukie, Shapeshifter’s Devin Abrams and Sam Trevethick and many more.
CHARLIE B (NZ) -
Over the last decade, Waiheke Island’s Charlie B, better known as Optimus Gryme, has quietly carved a reputation out for himself as a skilled DJ, record producer, event promoter and record label operator. Originally a jungle/drum and bass DJ before making the switch to dub-step under his Optimus Gryme alias, Charlie B is back. If you’re keen on experiencing a long-form ocean of sound, this could be the one. Expect a full-spectrum, wide frame overview of both the best of dub-step, jungle and drum and bass from yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Tommy Flowers brings the freshest of modern House music and emerging bass genres from the UK underground with excursions into Future Bass, Future Garage, UKF and UKG, Dubstep, Juke and Trap. Whether playing mid-tempo wonky hip hop and beats in a bar, lush house to warm up a club or filling floors with straight bass bangers at 2am, Tommy mixes it all with the kind of style that comes from 15 years in the game.
FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT ARTISTS:
CALYX AND TEEBEE (UK) -
To drum and bass fans the world over, the names Calyx and Teebee are synonymous with high quality, perfectly sculpted music. Embracing the new possibilities that the bass music revolution has opened up, Calyx & TeeBee’s current musical perspective covers a range of styles and sounds that threaten to change the game once again.
A multi talented musician and producer hailing from South London, music has been Swindles’ obsession since a young age. His highly individual sets leave a stamp on ravers with his unique brand of jazz leaning, funk-laden grime and dub-step.
DUB FX (AUST) -
Blood sweat and busking is how Dub FX built his respected audience. His trademark is creating rich live music using his own performance aided by live looping and effect pedals combined with his voice. He creates intricate hip-hop, reggae and drum and bass rhythms.
LADI 6 (NZ) -
New Zealand’s premier hip-hop vocalist blends futuristic beats and soul. Her Latest Album ‘Automatic’ has confirmed her position as an icon of New Zealand music. Receiving 5 stars in the NZ Herald, Ladi will be a must see at Northern Bass 2013/14.
ALIX PEREZ (BELGIUM)
Widely regarded as one of the most ground-breaking and innovative producer-DJ’s of his generation, Belgium born Alix Depauw is at the front of the drum and bass scene, carrying an ever growing reputation and a much sought after catalogue of music.
THE UPBEATS LIVE / MC ARMANNI (NZ) -
The live collaboration between local Drum and Bass heroes The Upbeats and Phillys’ MC Armanni is going to light up the Northern Bass main-stage. A full production set will showcase their massive Drum n Bass Tunes as well as their recent forays into hip-hop.
S.P.Y (BRAZIL) -
S.P.Y’s trademark heavy, soulful sound and skill behind the decks rival his studio talents and he delights fans with an educated blend of old school classics and fresh new beats. Alternating between beautiful, orchestral, musical sets and dark, rolling mixes S.P.Y captures the emotions of the crowd and his growing global fan base and outstanding reputation are testament to this.
NU:LOGIC (UK) -
Nu:Logic is a collaborative partnership between Hospital drum and bass brothers Nu:Tone and Logistics. The sum of the Gresham’s combined powers is oozing with the kind of soulful drum and bass that is the foundation of the Hospital label and will satisfy long-term fans that hanker after the golden days of the genre.
ELECTRIC WIRE HUSTLE
An intelligent blend of forward-thinking hip-hop, jazz and soul, Wellingtons EWH have already been given the coveted Giles Peterson and Benji B seals’ of approval (BBC). A live performance not to miss!
EPROM (USA) -
Known for his diverse, funky and energetic sets that cross the lines between live re-mixing and manipulation of hip-hop and dub-step with his own obscenely bass-heavy neurocrunk transmissions.
ICICLE (HOLLAND) -
Icicle was born Jeroen Snik in Holland and moved to London in 2008 to sign exclusively to Friction's Shogun Audio imprint. What followed was a slew of heavy hitting releases over the years and a monthly show on London's prodigious Rinse FM that he continues to present to this day. All the while he's been carefully constructing his live show that's been blowing audiences away and continues to astound clubs the world over with his precision DJ sets. With a reputation as one of the most flawless and diverse electronic producers / Dj's of his time, there's nothing else quite like the Icicle experience.
ONRA (FRANCE) -
Globetrotting producer Onra has staked his claim as one of the most exciting beat-makers of the past few years, with his electrifying live performances around the world adding new dimensions to the cosmic grooves Onra puts on tape. Onra’s use of beguiling samples and loops results in his signature sound, sitting between beats, hip-hop and soul.
STICKYBUDS (CANADA) -
From the funkafied west coast of Canada, Stickybuds has been making his mark on music all over the globe. His sets are filled with Funk, Drum and Bass, Glitch Hop, Reggae and Breaks all intricately woven through countless hours in the studio. Expect even bigger things to come from the forward thinking and all around nice guy Stickybuds.
SUPERVILLAINS RMC (NZ) -
Powered by an explosive blend of classic hip-hop and criminally insane theatrics, Supervillains RMC are a covert collective of cloaked craftsmen who have been taking the New Zealand music scene hostage since 2011. A hip-hop collective with a taste for the bizarre and a tendency to become dangerously unhinged onstage, Supervillains RMC are unlike anything the scene has ever experienced before.
DILLINJA (UK) -
With his trademark combination of dirty stomach-churning bass-lines and tighter than tight beats, his reputation has been secured as one of the most influential producers in DNB history, as well as one of the scene’s most called-upon re-mixers, having worked with everyone from David Bowie to Bjork and Basement Jaxx. A true connoisseur of sounds, Dillanja was reared on a musical diet of funk, jazz, reggae and rare groove, genres which proved to influence him enormously, but it was the 80’s hip hop and electro explosion which really captured his heart.
KODER (UK) -
New kid on the grime block, MC Koder is recognised for his energetic flow, creative wordplay and all round raw persona; Koder is an artist that captures your attention right from the word go. Described as the voice of a new wave of grime, he delivers subtle messages that can be heard throughout his music. Evoking his experiences as well as stories, thoughts and emotions found within his community, he creates a darker sound, a cross between grime and trap rap music.
JASON HOWSON (NZ)
The Godfather of New Zealands’ garage and grime community, Howson can do no wrong. The Beatmerchants creative director has gained the respect of locals and internationals alike.
Signed to the UK’s Exit records, Consequence has been a staple in the drum and bass community in New Zealand and the UK since the age of 17. An exciting return home for this expat.
The Upper South Islands’ bass music champion, Organikismness joins the dots from drum and bass to dub-step, a true NZ bass heavyweight.
Combine dirty bass-lines with 80’s hip-hop breaks and a sprinkle of electro freshness and you get a sound that is undeniably K-Lab and undeniably banging! K-lab promotes block-rocking vibes with his high-energy DJ sets and dropping his own remixes of old school party jams alongside glitched out new school bangers.
THE TURNAROUND (NZ)
The Turnaround Trinity of respected producers and DJ’s Cian, Submariner and Manuel Bundy love laying down the good tunes and are renowned for their monthly monster parties with the unparalleled reputation for partying ‘til the break of dawn. The Turnaround ethos for fellow best junkies is firmly grounded in having fun and letting loose, and musically for those who like their beats chunky, funky and most definitely soulful!
This dub music collective from the Deep South take a very unique approach to bass music, offering a refreshing breath of life to a world of disposable beats. The Soulware live shows combine elements of dub-step, drum and bass, dub electronica, trip hop blues and rock that will submerge the listener into a depth of sonic sound scape and rhythm to move body and soul.
Young Hamilton based rapper Raiza Biza’s background story is one of a young immigrant, trying to adjust and find his place in a new land. His lyrics are often reflective and introspective, accompanied by soulful jazz-influenced instrumentals.
A Latin Funk Soul Hip Hop and Jazzy outfit with Bobbito Brazuka on decks with his dope as Latin jams such as Cumbria, Calypso, Salsa, Bossa and Samba Soul. Venezuelan Diva Jennifer Zea compliments with her beautiful voice on vocals and all-round talented musician Isaac Aesili brings his amazing skills on percussion and on the wheels of steel.
DJ, Producer of phat boom bap influenced Hip Hop. He is evident on U.K trip-hop artist Ella Montclare and in the U.S where his remix "All Things Shadow" hand picked by DJ Shadow for his first ever Remix Project. Expect hard hitting hip-hop to get ya head nod on.
Buck Rogers moves on a voyage that sees explorations throughout the realms of electronic music incorporating glitch, hip-hop, ghetto funk and drum and bass. With releases on Adapted, Junkfood, Scour and Empathy Recordings
DYLAN C (NZ)
Dylan C is an Auckland-based DJ, Programme Director for Base FM and co-host of the Base Breakfast Show. A strong supporter of local music, he recently mixed the 2CD 'Turn It Up' compilation for Base FM, which featured 36 local artists. While known for his down-tempo & hip hop sets, Dylan C also relishes the chance play a heavier sound, taking in everything from old school drum & bass and 90’s trip-hop, through to future beats and deep dub-step flavours.
HOLLOW CROOKS (NZ)
Brought together by a love of all things bass music, the talented trio draw influence from a wide range of the musical spectrum, creating a highly imaginative and forward thinking mash of deep rolling drum and bass and fresh exciting funk.
MISFITS OF ZION (AUST/NZ)
The new collaboration that is production duo MOZ, push the envelope with their brand of bass heavy music that’s been creating mayhem on the dance-floor. Hooking up with leading drum and bass and dub-step artists results in their truly stonking crowd smashing tracks.
A soulful voice with depth of presence and lyrical dynamic beyond her years, Bailey is one of New Zealand’s most vital and current emerging artists with a sound that creates colour and depth across a range of genres. Influenced primarily by soul and R&B, her work is characterised by a flavour of hip-hop accommodating both eerie tones and synthesised bass that rolls throughout her tracks. Her fearless approach to performance engages the audience while offering a stripped back raw encounter of soul at it’s best; unblemished and original.
MIXED CRATE (NZ)
Once in a while these vinyl junkies get together to bring something rather special, Mixed Crate is a heavyweight line-up of local DJ’s, throwing down genres from Hip Hop and Garage through to Jungle and Drum and Bass.
+ MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!