Friday, 20 July 2007
ON THE SCENE Chantelle Fiddy
Fans of cult grime night Dirty Canvas should know by now that they’ve left the icy-white interior of the ICA behind and moved to The Rhythm Factory on Whitechapel Road. And this is to be celebrated. While the ICA consistently push boundaries and take risks – it’s unlikely a night such as this would have found an east end club willing to do business if it hadn’t been for a successful run there – the event used to feel like a showcase in a city bar. Expect much dimmer surroundings at The Rhythm Factory where across two rooms you’ll hear the best in real British dance music. Celebrating the launch of the new mixtape R U Dumb Vol.2, from Jammer (a street star who you may recognise as the dreadlocked MC who jumps around wearing a super-hero outfit in his ‘Murkleman’ video), room 1 will boast Newham Generals, Neckle Camp, Slew Dem, Badness, Coki, Magic and Kiss 100s Logan Sama. There’s rumoured to be a special guest appearing too, my money’s on it been Dizzee Rascal but don’t expect a refund if I’m wrong. Over in room 2, where you’ll find me with my whistle at the front, Hot Chip are going to be playing an exclusive old skool garage set, plus there’s Zombie Disco Squad, Real Gold, Tapedeck and Reecha. Tickets costs £9 in advance from www.myspace.com/dirtycanvas (where you can also hear audio).
Mixing up a vast array of underground sounds on Saturday at Corsica Studios are 7 Year Glitch Vs Do It, Corsica Studios. Detroit’s DJ Assault, one of the most recognised DJs from the world of ghettotech and booty house music will be headlining this event which boasts a deck-stopping line-up of grime, bashment, electro, hardcore punk, 4/4 garage, dubstep and more. Those supplying the goods include Starkey, Ruff Sqwad, Vice Magazine’s Prancehall, Faggatronix, Matthew WowWow!, Easychord and Rekless – and all for only £7.
Equally as essential this weekend, but more on the house tip, are the Lovebox afterparties. Don’t worry about necessarily having to head to the official ones though – after a day of debauchery at Victoria Park stumble to 93 Feet East, Brick Lane. Put on by the guys who do Burn Out at Bar54, this Saturday is a one off where nu-disco kings Rub ‘n’ Tug from NYC will make a rare London appearance. K.I.M from Australian electo-punk outfit The Presets will be making his UK debut, there’s also soundsystem faves Rub-N-Tug, Punks Jump Up and resident Zak Frost playing through till the extended license runs out at 3am.
Keeping it going through till Sunday morning are Halo @ The Cross. The main event boasts classically trained former Jazz musician Dan Berkson and James What doing their acclaimed live show. And If the main event’s not enough for you, Halo are also throwing an alfresco garden party, kicking off at 6am which is free to anyone who’s been at the club that night. Book the Monday off now.
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