With their debut LP "One Sweet Life", London based duo Brotherly come at broken-beat from a distinctly dark and jazzy angle. Featuring the vocal talents of Anna Stubbs and multi-instrumentalism of Rob Mullarkey along with appearances from UK Hiphop luminary Ty and soul chanteuse Eska, the outfit effortlessly straddle urban genres whilst holding on to a strong and unique identity. Affiliations with Zero7 and Two Banks of Four also show signs of heavy influence in the music.
Presently Dizz1 has been blowing up all over the place. From playing at Sonar 2010, attending the Red Bull Music Academy in Spain and getting air play from Giles Peterson, Mary Anne Hobbs and Benji B on BBC Radio through to performing alongside the likes of De La Soul, Mos Def, Guilty Simpson, Phat Kat, Oh No, Benga, The Bug, Starkey, Stereotyp, N-Type, Lorn, Mt Kimbie and Loefah as well as having his track ‘Konotakosuke Yaro’ feature on the highly anticipated Beat Dimensions 2 compilation on Rush Hour.
Baseck started DJing when he saved up lunch money and sold Nintendo games to buy his first mixer and thrift store turntable at age 13 in 1994. He was soon introduced to scratching and turntable trickery and has been hooked ever since. Baseck has a style made up of breakcore, broken beats, droning atmospheres, and slaughtering noise to create a beautifully fucked collage of sound.
Nathan Haines (born: 1972) is one of New Zealand
Tall Black Guy was birthed from humble beginnings in Detroit, MI and homegrown on a diet of Motown, jazz and early hip-hop. He relocated to Illinois suburbia, where over a decade he has studied some of hip-hop’s greatest producers like; Dj Premier, J-Dilla, Madlib, Pete Rock, and Timberland. Whilst he was perfecting his music production skills and spending long nights honing his craft, local emcees and good friends of his; Dee Jackson, Will and Jamal spotted his immerging talent and between them, they formed; Pathfinders (http://www.
Wunmi, real name Ibiwunmi Omotayo Olufunke Olaiya, is a singer, dancer and fashion designer. She was born in the United Kingdom, to Nigerian parents, but spent much of her childhood in Lagos, Nigeria. She worked with the band Soul II Soul, notably appearing as a dancer in the video for "Back To Life" (1989). Her debut single, "What a See (A Guy Called Gerald Mix)" was released in 1998, and her debut album A.L.A. (Africans Living Abroad) came out on the Documented record label in 2006.
Dabrye (pronounced “DAB-ree”) is just one alias of Ghostly artist Tadd Mullinix, who explores hip-hop with head-nodding beats and saw-tooth bass lines, with a keen eye to forward-thinking production and rhythms. Dabrye has earned considerable praise from both the hip-hop underground (Jay Dee, Jurassic 5) and the electronic music press, earning him a Next 100 mention from URB in 2002 and praise from publications as diverse as Rolling Stone to The Wire.
New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based producer Lanu (aka Lance Ferguson) marks a distinct departure from the raw, deep funk of his other project, The Bamboos.
Brimming with future soul and broken beat flavours, forward-thinking production and intuitive jazz sensibility, Lanu’s sound has been informed and inspired by the digital rhythms of West London and Detroit.
Ferguson has drawn on his experience as an international DJ and performer to create an album with enough depth and versatility to work just as well on a decent set of headphones as it does on a club soundsystem.
If you’ve seen Tawiah, you’ll know it. You might think you know her because you recognise the smile as wide as the equator, or the incredible off kilter dress sense, or you may remember seeing a show stopping performance on stage with Mark Ronson, as she’s the only live female vocalist at his gigs. But none of these things is the real reason you know her. You’ll know her because of the voice, or more to the point - her voice.
Outlines are long-time friends Jerome, Irfane and Jay1. Although the paths of life led the three members to interact - Jerome and Irfane went to school together - it is hip-hop culture that is responsible for their union. Indeed, while, in the early nineties, Jerome was breakdancing, both Irfane and Jay1 were writing graffiti. Jay1 has since then established himself as one of the finest French writers, collaborating with fashion designers (agnes b.