Dilla.Bass.Disco.Haze/ Photgraphy/ Adele Mary Reed
Saturday 28th January saw the eighth installment of the Streets of Beige club night hit The Old Blue Last in London’s East End. The Streets of Beige crew brought the heat with a kaleidoscope of UK beat-smiths on display, rivaling their US counterparts. From the grey skies and concrete skylines of the West Midlands, to the perennial sunshine and bronzed beauties of LA, this was very much a UK night, with a US flavour.
To kick-off proceedings were instrumental hip-hop outfit Blank & Kytt, product of the creative melting pot that is Coventry. Put onto their 3010 beat-tape a few months ago, the sheer swing, groove and vibes within their tracks is scarily dexterous. The unlikely looking ‘yoots spliced and chopped their way through a selection of their own productions, to be honest, their sound excites these ears as much as the first time I heard the likes of FlyLo, Neptunes, Madlib and maybe even Dilla. Praise indeed. Keep a close eye on these lads and get the low down in our soon-to-come exclusive interview.
Next on the bill was S.Maharba, though not hailing from the Midlands, this by no means seems to have slowed this beat slinger of many talents down, the Ipswich producers live show was full of meticulous MPC pad bashing and a sound somewhere between classic boom-bap and psychedelic soul. If you haven’t heard this guy yet, get moving.
One of the more dominant figures to emerge from the West-Midland beat-machine is a certain Jon ‘Young Montana?‘ Pritchard. It was a real shame to see a lot of his set plagued by an unidentified technical fault which caused some distortion throughout. Despite this it was still possible to see why he will reach the same heights and swagger as the likes of Hudson Mohawke, Bullion, Bibio, Mike Slott and others of that ilk.
To finish the night we jump on the LA freeway from Coventry to erm… Wolverhampton. Despite only having two official remixes to their name (one of fellow Wolverhampton producer Bibio’s ‘Lovers Carvings’ and Machine Drums ‘Late Night Operation’), Letherette have been causing a huge stir on the UK beat scene and are regarded as one of our best kept secrets. Performing a very accomplished and fluid live set to wrap up what was a showcase of groundbreaking UK talent. With a steadily building rep, and a keen ear for breaking beats, if this party was anything to go by Streets of Beige are going to have a great year.