Represented at Southport Weekender on several occasions, this eight man team have all made names for themselves individually as either musicians, producers or DJs. However in the decade long lifespan when they were most prolific, members Orin ‘Afronaught’ Walters, Paul ‘Seiji’ Dolby, Kaidi Tatham, Daz-I-Kue, Alex Phountzi, Cliff Scott, Mark Force…

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Carl Craig   While studying electronic music at Detroit’s Henry Ford College, Carl Craig was introduced to early classics from the burgeoning techno scene that he would propel to new heights as a key figure in Detroit’s ‘second wave’ of underground producers. On borrowed equipment and without a drum machine,[…]

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Motor City Drum Ensemble   We first took notice of Danilo Plessow when Beat Bar favourites Gilles Peterson and Benji B began dropping cuts from his Inverse Cinematics project, a jazz-fused broken beat outfit he formed with studio partner, Joachim Tobias.   Plessow started playing drums at the age of[…]

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Joy Orbison   Hype seems to run in the family. Nephew of jungle pioneer Ray Keith, Joy Orbison – real name Peter O’Grady – has been causing a stir since the promo of ‘Hyph Mngo’, the debut single that was eventually released via Hotflush Recordings in 2009, became the most[…]

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The Unabombers   Many listeners will have got their first experience of Luke Cowdrey and Justin Crawford aka the Unabombers from their much-loved compilations. Reflecting the various facets of the ‘Bombers sound, these accessible selections have turned people all over the world onto the music spun by this disco detonating[…]

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Kenny Dope   It was the break beat, reggae, funk and soul selections of Marley Marl that inspired a young Kenny ‘Dope’ Gonzalez to start collecting wax. His crew from Brooklyn called themselves the Masters At Work, and he threw parties with friend and collaborator Mike Delgado that caught the[…]

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David Rodigan   A youthful Rodigan fell in love with the music he’s championed for over thirty years when he first heard tracks like The Skatalites’ ‘Phoenix City’ in the ‘60s. And aged fifteen, he saw an early inspiration live when Jimmy Cliff performed at a teenage youth club in[…]

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