From grime abstractions to breezy soul, the best on offer at Lovebox this weekend.
Taking place this Friday 11th and Saturday 12th of July at London’s Victoria Park, Lovebox will present a huge lineup with some of the finest propositions in modern music. A real mixed affair, there’s something for fans of house, techno, garage, drum and bass, grime and everything in between, with appearances from Daphni, Nightmares On Wax, Jackmaster and more.
With such a dizzying range of acts split across two days, it might seem difficult to choose who to watch, so we’ve made it easier for you by handpicking five sets to add to your busy schedule.
1. Bradley Zero
Whether it’s been his instrumental role in the foundation and building of Boiler Room, or the running of his very own night and record label Rhythm Section, Bradley Zero’s encyclopedic musical knowledge makes him one of the capital’s most exciting DJ prospects. His sets’ gently movable soundscapes are sourced from a mish mash of everything from gently rolling artificial beats to vibrant jazz, funk and soul.
2. Darq E Freaker
Fresh from his visionary ADHD EP for Big Dada in April, Peckham’s Darq E Freaker is set to bring his electrifying sound to the Visions stage on Friday. ‘Freaker’s sets are rife with a thick strain of danceable, grime tinged experimentalism, and the weight of his bouncing oddness will have even the most modest of attendees pinging off the walls.
3. Shanti Celeste
Born in Chile and raised in Bristol, Hyponik favourite Shanti Celeste’s music is melodic and warm, benefitting from a fusion of various four to the floor styles, and even on occasion, her own soothing vocal tones to create a rollercoaster of dynamic sounds designed for the club. Catch her monthly NTS Radio slot for an idea of her nimble selections.
South London multi-instrumentalist and NTS regular (his 72 Nations show is essential listening) CKtrl is often billed as one of London’s rising talents. His sets are varied, rooted within a 140 template but encompassing so much more. Get to know more about him with this in-depth interview earlier in the year.
5. DJ Barely Legal
Fresh from the toils of the endless summer festival circuit, DJ Barely Legal will unleash her eclectic genre mashup on the gun fingering hordes at the FABRICLIVE stage on Friday. Her bassy fusion, rooted solidly within the sounds of the UK underground, is guaranteed to fill the floor.
Lovebox takes place at London’s Victoria Park, 15-16 July. More info and tickets here.