Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Doldrums Presents Marcellus Pittman & Joy Orbison

19th June, Doldrums opening night. Omar S, Source Direct, Kassem Mosse, Joy Orbison, Floating Points & The BPM step up to the plate, and deliver with first class sets. In the early hour aftermath, I establish this night will be difficult to better for Peter et al. Looking at the 20th November, I anticipate that I will have been proven wrong at the first attempt. The 2nd night looks big, unmissable in every sense of the word.
The line-up for 20.11.10 at present is as follows, with more names to be announced on the line-up shortly:

Doldrums Presents:
Marcellus Pittman (Unirhythm/Detroit)
Joy Orbison (Doldrums Resident)
Krystal Klear (All City)
Nookie (Reinforced)
Braiden (Rinse/Doldrums)
Bankhead (Trilogy Tapes)

As displayed in this wonderful line-up of artists, the night will explore the depths of the highest quality house, techno, jungle and garage. Marcellus Pittman is a huge catch, with a rare UK set from the Detroit native. Pittman is best known as being a member of 3 Chairs, the ultimate Detroit house/techno production team that also included legends of the sound Theo Parrish, Kenny Dixon Jr. and later on Rick Wilhite. His solo work is also mightily impressive, a smooth stripped down deep house sound that will have you nodding with a growing intensity as the tracks progressively work their way into a slow groove. With releases on Fit and Unirhythm, this is evidently an artist of undeniable talent. 'Razz 09' is an example of the man on top form, a track you can enjoy by clicking here.
Doldrums resident and head honcho Mr. Peter O'Grady (aka Joy Orbison) will once again be stepping up to the 1's and 2's, undoubtedly providing his wonderful mix of blissful UK garage, unbelievably good solo projects as well as future releases which have made an impression on the 23 year old wonderkid. If the promise of a J.O. set alone isn't enough to get you down to Brixton on the 20th, and why it wouldn't I don't know, the opportunity to purchase his new 12" released on Doldrums must be the deal breaker. I'm too excited about the potential of this new release. I have a feeling it will be new material previously unheard by public, maybe even the full version of the 'Untitled Edit' which has animated his myspace page since late July. Imagine if it was an EP comprised of 'GR Etiquette', 'Smother', 'Tentative Bidding' and even his wonderful refix of Goapele's 'Milk & Honey'. A 4-track EP combining these tracks would bring tears of Joy to my eyes, I can only dream, and it will be intriguing nonetheless to see what appears on the new 12". If you are blissfully unaware of Orbison's work, then here's 'So Derobe', from which there is no return after first listening.
If J.O. and Marcellus Pittman don't quite do it for you, then you also have the small matter of a set from Rinse FM's Braiden, one of the finest DJ's on the scene, who is renowned for his variety, mixing seamlessly between techno, uk funky, dubstep, garage and house. There is something for everyone in his sets, and with his up-coming 12" on Doldrums being made available on the night alongside new J.O. material, attending is essential. 'The Alps', which will feature on Braiden's debut 12", is one of the most highly rated tracks of the year, receiving support from the Doldrums boys, Mary Anne Hobbs, Ben UFO et al. You can catch a clip of 'The Alps' by clicking here. It's a brilliant track, one which sounds like no other I've heard this year, combining elements of techno and UK funky, which results in an absolute killer. Not to be missed on the night, these will most definitely sell like hotcakes.

For those of you jungle heads out there Nookie has been drafted in to bring things up to speed, no doubt rolling out classics from the early 90s. Forever attatched to the legendary Reinforced Records, Nookie's seminal LP 'The Sound of Music' is unquestionably one of my favourite records from the jungle/drum & bass explosion in the early-mid 90s, with 'Only You' encapsulating what is so brilliant about Nookie, providing a sense of emotion and serenity to a characteristically dark and structured genre. The infectious boogie cosmos of Krystal Klear provides yet another highlight, swarming up a groove no end in Plan B with his exploration of New Jack Swing, Boogie, Funk, RnB and House. Check out his track 'Lets Go Dreaming' below.
Lets Go Dreaming by KrystalKlear

If you haven't been persuaded yet, then I doubt there's much more I can say to entice you. I shouldn't really need to, the line-up sells itself. For those of you who are interested, here are the facts. 20/11/10. Plan B, Brixton, Brixton Road, SW9 7AY. 22:00-05:00. £8 advance/£12 on the door. Get your advance tickets now by clicking here. Do it.

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