Just the three shows remaining before we close for a couple of days over Christmas but no slackening off in quality. Tonight sees the return of Goodiepal & Pals – a refugee organisation disguised as a contemporary Tek-Rock-Band – conducted by Faroese / European-master trickster: The Goodiepal. Tomorrow we host Oslo and Berlin based composer / producer Jessica Sligter, and then on Friday we have the first OTO show from Nkisi – aka Melika Ngombe Kolongo, an artist raised in Belgium and now living in London; a producer, DJ and co-founder of NON Records.
Delighted to share two killer sets from Han Bennink‘s recent residency this week – a percussion duo with London legend Steve Noble, and a duo with highly distinctive pianist Alexander Hawkins. Combining equal parts virtuosity and anarchic irreverence, Bennink has never rested on his laurels, and these two duos are no exception.
Seeing in the new year in style with the irresistible stylings of The Scorpios – who’ve provided some our favourite moments of 2017 – and a DJ set from Soho’s excellent IF Music record store!
Hailing from Central Sudan and now based in London after fleeing the fundamentalist takeover in that region, the Scorpios are a septet that melds Arabic rhythms and guitar chops (and a kind of swooning cyclical ecstasy) with a raw Eastern funk feel, properly dismantling cultural barriers in pursuit of a unifying rhythmic bliss. Heavy bass, synths, horns and percussions drive through traditional Sudanese forms to create a sound that owes as much to Detroit as it do to Khartoum.
Soundcrash present cosmically talented electronic/soul producer Andrew Ashong at Oslo, Hackney for a night of soul-stained vocals with tinges of smokey jazz, and innovative electronica. An unmissable night for lovers of both classic and contemporary soul.