SWET SHOP BOYS
After selling out Birthdays in a matter of days, Swet Shop Boys return in June 2017 to headline the Scala.
Featuring Queens, New York’s Heems (Himanshu Suri, ex-Das Racist) and NW London’s Riz MC (Riz Ahmed). Both are prolific artists, actors and activists in their own right, now bringing their creative experience and the riches of their working class immigrant roots together. Rounding out the trio is British producer Redinho, providing the soundtrack for songs like their first single ‘T5’, where the emcees lament the discrimination they face as they amass frequent flyer miles while traveling the world for work.
Cashmere seems timely in a world where the US and UK look across the pond for different reasons: Trump and Brexit, trap and grime. From Heems poignant debut Eat, Pray Thug, to Riz’s acclaimed mixtape Englistan, the Trans-Atlantic, Indo-Pak duo have proudly fused their worlds together here. Musically, the palette draws from a gumbo of Qawwali hand claps, hype harmonium, Bollywood string drama, spiralling sitars, Western synths, and an arsenal of drums - from 808’s to tablas and tars, dholaks and doumbeks.
Production on the record from Redinho provides the heat for their melting pot. His debut solo album earned praise from Mark Ronson, Jessie Ware, and Hudson Mohawke who brought him out on tour in the last year. Heems started his career with Das Racist, and has kept busy since with his label Greedhead, a series of university lectures, and rapping from Macau to Malaysia. Riz MC's debut 'Post-9/11 Blues' was banned from UK radio, and his music since has maintained that sharp social commentary as well as his acting career, which includes projects like Four Lions, Nightcrawler, HBO’s The Night Of and the new Stars Wars film.
THE LAST SKEPTIK
From his 2013’s fantastically diverse, cinematic solo debut entitled ‘Thanks For Trying’ released on BBE Records, DJ, producer and composer The Last Skeptik has continued on a genre defying journey through electronic music and beyond. Following in the footsteps of J Dilla and Pete Rock, Skeptik took it leftfield, adding an orchestra of musicians over neck-snapping hip hop production, and has been lauded by press, fans and radio alike. Recent years have seen Skeptik tour around globe, have mixes on rotation on Noisey, BBC1xtra, DefJam.com and BBC Radio One, and release a video for every song from ‘Thanks For Trying’ (16 original videos in total), as well as composing the soundtrack to BAFTA nominated short film ‘Island Queen’, Vice Magazine’s documentary on Atlanta Stripclubs, and an adverts for Adidas, Puma, Powerade and Reebok, and on BBC’s coverage of the 2012 Olympics.
2014 has seen Skeptik unleash his highly anticipated ‘I Don’t Even Like You’ E.P on BBE Records, alongside his 9 piece live band show, and writing, remixing and producing for a bevy of artists such as Gorillaz, Grouplove, Scrufizzer, Trim, Dream Mclean and FEMME, with the latter two being the sole guests on this brilliant new E.P. Already supported by the likes of MTV, SBTV, Noisey and BBC Radio One (Huw Stephens and MistaJam).
DJ HVAD is a musician, vinylcutter, DJ and producer from Copenhagen, Denmark. His often fast or ultra slow beats, alternative sounds, and sometimes Indian-inspired vocals are categorised as so-called perker tech. He is known for his eccentric mixes that incorporate Bollywood, Punjab breakcore, hip-hop and nauseating sound effects all into one.
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