We are very excited to bring you our biggest and most adventurous event to date!
Marking the start of what we hope is to be another long, hot summer in Bristol, we’re taking over the legendary Black Swan for the whole May Bank Holiday weekend.
Expect big sound systems, visuals, decor, samba dancers and top class DJs and MCs across all 3 rooms till 6am- this will be one Monday you’ll be glad you have off!
A R Records are back this New Years Eve with a massive show at Basment 45 in Bristol…
Celebrating a hugely successful year, we are pulling out all the stops to bring in 2017 in style. 2 rooms of music with a stellar lineup featuring:
Main Room: Drum and Bass
FOURWARD – presents ‘Expansion LP’ 2hr set
CYANTIFIC – 2hr set
NUKLEAR, REMIDY, TEXAS, MILLI
JAKES (DJ set)
INWOOD (90 min set)
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Earlybirds – SOLD OUT
1st release – SOLD OUT
2nd release – ON SALE NOW
Doors: 10pm – 5am
Venue: Basment 45, 8 Frogmore st, Bristol, BS1 5NA
FOURWARD – presents ‘Expansion LP’ – 2hr set
Prepare yourselves for a high performance, sonic onslaught as we introduce the most breathtaking drum & bass outfit to have emerged from Austria in recent years, Fourward.
Influenced heavily by the likes of Bad Company, Noisia and Ed Rush & Optical, the collective formed back in 2007, bringing together a myriad of styles into one slick package to take the scene by storm with huge releases on a host of prestigious labels including Virus, Vision, Audioporn and most recently SGN:LTD and Shogun Audio.
Known for their heavy-hitting, no holds barred approach, Lukas, Ludwig, Dominik and Niklas AKA Fourward, throw down with their inimitable sound design to deliver a stunning new album ‘Expansion’ on Shogun Audio.
Featuring 11 heavy hitting tracks including collaborations with Friction, Mefjus, Jakes, Pep and René the results are staggering, from the dance floor ready ‘Sequencer’ to the heart-wrenching ‘Over’ through to the neck-breaking ‘Bite The Dust’, ‘Expansion’ puts Fourward firmly on the frontline of modern day D&B where they look set to stay for a long very time to come.
CYANTIFIC – 2hr set
Cyantific AKA Jon Stanley, has been at the forefront of drum and bass for over a decade. Known for devotion to his decks, pinpoint accuracy in the mix and his ability to construct dance floor anthems has seen Cyantific DJ around the globe.��
In 2006, Cyantific released his debut album, ‘Ghetto Blaster’ on Hospital Records, and went onto win the BBC 1Xtra Best Newcomer DJ award in 2007. Releases followed on legendary labels like Critical and Ram.
In 2010, CYN Music was established where his skills both as a talent selector and solo producer shone through.
In December 2014, Cyantific signed exclusively with Viper Recordings, and made his debut with ‘Bring You Love’, followed by his #1 single ‘High Water Mark’, alongside his remix of Brookes Brothers – ‘Anthem’ which was selected on BBC 1Xtra’s “A” playlist.
In addition to that he has done official remixes for two UK Top 10 hits with Mike Mago & Dragonette’s ‘Outlines’ & Dr Kucho! & Gregor Salt’s ‘Cant Stop Playing’ (Makes Me High).
His single ‘Colour In Shadows’ feat Benji was premiered on Radio1xtra with Mistajam and was a 2015 Summer Anthem with the B side dancefloor roller ‘No More Heroes’ smashing the beatport charts once again.
After coming back from a South Africa headline tour and a North America NYE mini tour in conjunction with Insomniac and fellow Viper artists InsideInfo and Mob Tactics, he released his first track of 2016 ‘Outatime’ which immediately went to the number one spot on Beatport.
Cyantific continues his exciting journey to the top…
JAKES – (DJ set)
Jakes has many strings to his bow. From being front man to many live acts e.g T.C, Pendulum and Ez Rollerz to being the head of his own genre straddling label Hench Recordings, he has made a lasting mark on the world wide underground bass scene.
Within a few years Jakes has since evolved and furthered his musical reputation from being one of the big name MC’s of drum and bass world to now being one of the pioneer’s of dubstep. In a very short space of time, the progression towards his now trademark style has been applauded by many – and not limited to his chosen passion.
With a globally renowned stature for genre straddling music and inimitable style and having garnered support from legends such as Joker, Skream, Gaslamp Killer, Mary Anne Hobbs, Zeds Dead and Paul Walford to name but a few, the U.K vocalist turned dubstep pacemaker boasts an extensive repertoire that has only expanded and metamorphosed with time.
Not one to sit back on his laurels Jakes has gone on to produce remixes that have topped download charts, score for films The Black Swan – directed by Darren Aronofski and more recently Offender – directed by Ron Scalpello and release on such diverse labels such as Tectonic, Don’t Play, Power of 3, Shogun Audio, Ram and Slit Jockey.
With all this behind him Jakes looks forward to what the future has to hold.
If you’ve been following the Bristol music scene you’ve probably heard the name. The A R Records head honcho has been busy crafting his sound, with his debut release ‘Delicate Lives feat Sula Mae / Sacrifice’ receiving great success back in July.
Fresh from a busy summer of festival bookings and long hours in the studio, he is ready to unleash a whole heap of new material on the night, plus a lot of exclusives forthcoming on the label.
Still using the much discussed vinyl format on 3 or more turntables, Exposure DJ sets are full of energy and span the full spectrum of Drum and Bass. With fast lightning and varied mixing, he drops fresh unheard dubplates to classics that you haven’t heard for years.
Exposure takes his name from his style of seamlessly blending between the hard and the dark, through to the soft and light, taking you on a journey through everything in between.
Alex Pavlou aka Phaction’s passion for music was founded through a love of drumming from an early age. He moved to Bristol in 2007 where his growing fascination for Drum and Bass music was catalysed by the diverse vibe and nightlife of the city.
After learning to mix and playing out live with high energy sets he began craving a new challenge and sought a different medium through which to express his creativity.
His journey into music production began in 2013. Inspired by the sounds of city and music all around him, his love ranges widely from classical and jazz through to film scores and even metal, which have become intrinsic in the vibe of his productions.
His first finished piece of music was recently picked up by tutor and mentor Arclight and subsequently the label boss of Liquicity. His debut track ‘Someone’ was released on the label’s compilation album Escapism Volume 2 in November 2014 and features the vocals of Katkin Willow, an exceptionally talented singer following a similar dream.
Since then he reached out to Marco, the founder of Fokuz Recordings and has since made his label debut with the Vapour and Stratos EPs, with Stratos gaining support from the likes of Total Science, Technimatic, LSB, FD and Tokyo Prose.
2016 has been a busy year for the fledgling producer, with a remix from Total Science collaborations with GLXY and Hugh Hardie, an EP in the works for CIA, DJ sets at Hospitality Bristol and London and much more.
With an increasing proficiency in the art of making good quality music and releases planned with A R Records for the future, Phaction is set for big things.
Ill Truth, formely known as Despicable Youth, are two spritely young lads from Bristol. They met at Bridgewater College whilst studying music production. Through a mutual love of Drum and Bass and the art of production, this stellar collaboration was formed.
Typically known for their darker soundscapes and rolling drums, ill Truth are rising fast up the UK ranks, gaining support from icons including DJ Marky, Friction, Exposure, Doc Scott, Bailey, Grooverider, BTK, Nicky Blackmarket, June Miller, Ivy Lab, Basher and more.
Their quick style of DJ-ing first got them noticed by Bristol collective Liquifyah and through that collaboration they’re now well established within the city and the wider south west, playing stages at Glastonbury Festival 3 years running and becoming residents at legendary Bristol event Mutiny.
They have releases with Lockdown Recordings, AFT Records, Lifestyle Music, Hospital Records, with plans to release on A R in the near future.
Nuklear MC, a name that people have seen a lot of over these recent years. Hailing from the UK, he first started out on his journey in the world of Drum & Bass in 2009. From hosting local house parties on the mic to performing live on stage in night clubs and at raves across the country.
Known for his solid and low toned voice, Nuklear has a sharp ear for a good beat and ability to pick up on a vibe that will have him laying down his gritty lyrical content, that will compliment the music with cold and dark energy.
Continuing to hone his skills with the music that inspired him, he has learned a lot in the process by finding out there is so much more to making a vocal track than just recording the lyrics and adding a few effects.
Gaining notoriety and starting to work with an array of talented producers, Nuklear has built up quite a playlist. One of his most popular collaborations was released on Eatbrain’s epic first album “Tales Of The Undead”. A monstrous track named “Killcode”produced by Qo and then later remixed by Mindscape, where Nuklear’s vocals sound deep, twisted and evil. One to really get the crowd going crazy and the start of many more features to come with the Eatbrain family as he has said it is his favourite sound. Also teaming up with Italian producer Maztek, notching up two releases, one track called “What We Bring” released on BTK’s label Dutty Audio, and the other called “Crank It Up” that was released on the legendary Renegade Hardware. Nuklear later joined forces with BTK & Optiv to create the heavy track “Ground Shaker” featuring on their “Blackjack LP” released on Virus recordings. Most recently working with Audio & Prolix for the track “Creatures” on Audio’s mighty album “Beastmode” out on Ram Records, a real dance floor killer!
Through his explosive lyrics and dedication to Drum & Bass, Nuklear has gained recognition from figures across the industry and being known for having an atmospheric presence on the live stage. Having worked live on set alongside some of the leading artists such as Chase & Status, DJ Fresh, Nero, Audio, Calyx & Teebee, Jade & Mindscape to name just a few. Performing at iconic venues such as Fabric and Ministry of Sound in London and being a resident MC for the legendary Renegade Hardware night.
By the sounds of it, Nuklear has plenty more in store for us all and it doesn’t look like this guy is going to be slowing down any time soon.
MILLI (GYPSY UNIT)
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A R Records celebrates it’s 1st birthday!
Come and join us at Basement 45 next month as we showcase some of the finest up and coming artists in Drum and Bass right now.
Main room: Drum and Bass
PRECISION – ‘Underground’ Ep launch
EXPOSURE – (5 decks)
MCS: CARASEL, TRAFIC, JOLA
Room 2: Hip-Hop / Bassline / Breaks / Garage
PRECISION & JOLLA – ‘Rum Cadava’ EP launch
Tickets £5+bf – buy here
Friday 16th Sept 2016
Doors: 10pm – 4am
18+ please bring I.D
If you came to our launch night last October as part of Tremor Soundsystem’s massive 4th Birthday, or our sold out NYE event at The Crofter’s Rights, you’ll know we know how to throw a good party! Expect top quality sound and lights, merchandise giveaways and guaranteed vibes across 2 rooms till 4am.
Another reason for celebrations is the debut release from our latest addition- Precision, with two hard hitting dancefloor tracks; Underground and D.O.S on the flip featuring the vocals of MC Jolla. Precision is making real waves right now, having already had a string of releases on Limitless Recordings, Syndrome Audio and Nurtured Beats, his latest ‘Instability’ EP receiving glowing reviews from DNB DOJO. He also has the DJ skills to match, his DnB set in the main room is definitely not one to miss!
For all the Hip-Hop heads, Precision will also be opening the second room with MC Jolla on the mic. The pair will be showcasing their ‘Rum Cadava EP’ to kick the night off in style.
Rounding off a busy summer which included multiple sets at Boomtown and headlining the Village stage at Fieldview festival, Exposure is ready to blow the roof off Basement 45. His debut release ‘Delicate Lives’ feat Sula Mae / Sacrifice dropped in July and has gained lots of recognition, the B-Side ‘Sacrifice’ being picked up by Neurofunk grid . On a deck setup consisting of 3 turntables and 2 CDJs, his style of mixing is super fast and always full of surprises. He seamlessly blends between tracks, covering the whole spectrum of Drum and Bass. With Carasel back on mic duties, this is arguably one of the best DJ / MC combos on the circuit.
Formerly known as ‘Despicable Youth’, Ill Truth are 2 of Bristol’s busiest Drum and Bass DJs and for good reasons. Their debut release under the new alias ‘Hivemind’ has just come out on Lifestyle Music with critical acclaim, having been reposted on the hugely popular Skankandbass channel. Their productions are going from strength to strength and with a string of releases lined up for top shelf labels including A R in the near future, this duo is one to watch out for.
Having DJ’d at our launch night at Coroner’s Court last year and having been Tremor Soundsystem’s resident, we are happy to welcome back Stitch to play the last set of the night in the main room. Known for his sick abilities on the decks, his tune selection is what you want for the last hour, hard, heavy and down right dirty. Relentless double drops and super tight mixes don’t give you any chance of leaving till the lights come on.
CARASEL – soundcloud.com/carasel
JOLLA – soundcloud.com/emcee-joller
DJ BINGE – soundcloud.com/djbinge
DJ PRESENCE- soundcloud.com/dj-presence
TRAFIC MC- soundcloud.com/traficmc
MOBILITY – soundcloud.com/shieldz91
Date: 31 December 2015
Venue: The Crofters Rights, 117-119 Stokes Croft, Bristol
Doors: 9pm – 4am
In the venue:
THE PIRATONES – www.facebook.com/thepiratones
Kicking things off we have The Piratones. Purveyors of rhythmic, bass-heavy backbones driven by a live horn section and vocal trio, The Piratones deliver soulful sounds amongst a grounded blend of dub, reggae, ska, jungle and hip hop.
MANUSHKA – facebook.com/manushkasounds
Manushka are a fine example of the ever-present diversity of southwest sound. Boasting an array of live instruments including tuba, trombone, flute, accordion, synth bass and banjo, this eclectic band combine Balkan, Gypsy, ska and reggae sounds to create something that is truly unique. Their upbeat vibes never fail to get the dance floor going.
ONSET – www.facebook.com/onsetdispatch
Once the bands have well and truly warmed you up, it’s time to crack out the drum and bass. Onset will take to the decks with Ydott blessing the mic. Fresh on the Bristol scene, Onset manages Dispatch Recordings and has both the selection and the skills to keep things bouncing.
EXPOSURE & CARASEL – facebook.com/exposurednb
Label boss Exposure, on a 3 turntable and 2 CDJ deck setup, will play the first drum and bass set of 2016. Expect fast-paced mixing and tune selection that will take you on a journey through the whole D&B spectrum, mixing the old and new with forthcoming label releases.
Carasel, a Bristol MC who regularly hosts with the likes of Andy C and S.P.Y. at festivals and clubs all round the world is a true professional. This man knows hype!
SPECIAL GUEST – (to be announced very soon!)
We can’t let the secret out just yet but we can guarantee that the 90 min set laid down by this guy will be one to remember!
COMMIX & MC SENSE- www.facebook.com/commixmusic
We’re hyped to have Commix in Bristol for the first time in ages. He’s been busy working on new album material for Metalheadz and this can only be good news as classic tracks like ‘Be True’ and ‘How You Gonna Feel’ from his album ‘Call To Mind’ stand the test of time. Not only a master craftsman in the studio, but highly regarded as a talented DJ, Commix makes use of the multi deck setup to lay down a serious set. MC Sense will join him on the mic.
DESPICABLE YOUTH – www.facebook.com/DespicableYouth
Bringing the drum and bass to a close in the back room we’ve got Despicable Youth, two fellas living and working on music together in Bristol. These guys are set for big things. With releases already on Hospital and receiving Radio 1 airplay, their latest productions and collaborations with Exposure are due for release on A R Audio in 2016.
In the bar:
DANNY K & MR TROUT
Two of Bristol’s busiest DJs, Danny K and Mr Trout get the atmosphere going in the bar with their top selection of funk and breaks. These two know how to read the crowd. Their sets are always full of surprises and their mixing is always on point. Guaranteed to get you groovin’.
THE DUTTY DUZUN SOUNDCLASH – 3 hour set
These seasoned ravers know how to party. Come get down with this gang of glittery, glamorous guys and gals who go B2B on the decks and collectively set the dancefloor on fire. Headed up by Bristol DJs Midas and Papamoomin, every cog in the Dutty Duzun machine knows what to do to make the people dance. Soul, reggae, disco, dancehall, garage, grime, jungle, hip hop, house…. As long as it’s quality, anything goes.
MILLION WAY – facebook.com/millionwaylive
A turbo-charged live electronic dance outfit, fuelled by heavy funk, and delivered with a strong dose of disco, Million Way is doing an exclusive DJ set. Super-tight drums and dexterous bass underpin an epic soundtrack of arcade inspired techno, house and electro. Their highly contagious live show is both melodically elating and face-scrunchingly filthy. Their exuberant antics and genuine love of the moment have made the band stand out amongst many of the scene’s heavyweights, prompting comparisons to the likes of Daft Punk, Booka Shade and Justice.