Bristol’s bashment breakbeat heroes, as seen tearing up the main stage at Outlook Festival, make their long-awaited Skylarkin’ debut. Fronted by the reggae siren Eva Lazarus, the 7-piece have taken their floor-pounding blend of drum & bass, dancehall, dubstep, breakbeat and world music all over the globe, from Asia to Scandinavia, amassing over 1,000,000 youtube hits along the way. Do not miss!
A perennial Skylarkin’ favourite over the past decade, South London producer, remixer and dancefloor destroyer has had an amazing past few years – earning rave reviews for his collaboration LPs with Roots Manuva and Deemas J and one of Mojo Magazine’s Singles of the Year for his summer 2013 smash ‘Oystah Card’ with Mark Professor. Spinning reggae and big bass till the small hours.
Reggae specialist, Rocksteady afficionado and Rum connoisseur, Count Skylarkin takes you on a journey through rare and classic ska, calypso and rhythm & blues right up to jungle, dubstep and dancehall.
Stars of West London’s much-loved Sweet Memory Sounds at Notting Hill Arts Club, Count Skylarkin and Ska Cubano’s Natty Bo are bringing their wild and crazy vintage rhythms to Dubai for the first time. From swing and be-bop through jazz, jump-blues, northern soul, heavy funk, cumbia, calypso, boogaloo, gospel, ska, rocksteady, reggae, dancehall and even jungle; if they can get it on the plane then you’re gonna get it on the floor. All vinyl, all night. All killer, no filler!
Natty Bo is a record collector, disc jockey, dancer, bandleader, vintage fashion icon and singer of Ska Cubano, The Top Cats and The Flames Of Rhythm. He also spins the best sounds in London town, having honed his craft across three decades at the legendary Soho weekly Gaz’s Rocking Blues and countless clubs, festivals, house parties and late-night shebeens.
Count Skylarkin has been exciting dancefloors since the mid-nineties, starting off in South London before taking his rarefied rhythms all over the world – working with legendary Jamaican acts such as The Wailers (UK tour DJ), Toots & The Maytals, The Skatalites, The Specials, Lee Scratch Perry, Max Romeo and countless others along the way – not to mention spreading the gospel of black dance music via the airwaves and the pages of NME, Knowledge, Jockey Slut and The Spectator.
Ska Cubano frontman Natty Bo and Count Skylarkin are proud and delighted to be taking on record spinning duties in 2014 alongside longtime resident Mylon D at Sweet Memory Sounds, the Saturday night party at Notting Hill Arts Club made famous by DJ Derek. Expect the wildest and craziest vintage rhythms from swing and be-bop through jump-blues, calypso, ska, soul, rocksteady, reggae, dancehall and more, at West London’s best-loved musical bunker.
Saturday February 22nd 2014
8pm-2am, £6 before 10pm, £8 after
Skylarkin’ Soundsystem kicks off its 15th year in Oxford in serious style!
Back in Oxford after a two-year hiatus spent recording their latest LP ‘All Aboard’, The Delegators infectious blend of authentic early reggae, rocksteady, ska and soul will BLOW YOUR MIND. From the jaw-dropping vocal prowess of Janet Kumah to the relentless groove of Leon Vince, Adam Booty, Ramy Eissa and Arthur Béranger, this dynamite sound is the best in town – don’t miss!
Outlook Festival regular and Hull City die-hard DJ Shepdog is the man behind the hugely popular NICE UP! label & club night and responsible for some of the biggest reggae mash-ups in the last few years. With a mission statement of “righteous party vibes” there’s always plenty of reggae, hip hop, dubstep and drum & bass thrown into the mix.
Trojan Records remixer and rum connoisseur Count Skylarkin returns from a whistlestop Caribbean winter tour to spin ska, reggae, dancehall and bass-driven bangers from the top till the very last drop. Arrive early.
Ska Cubano frontman Natty Bo and Count Skylarkin are proud and delighted to be taking on record spinning duties in 2014 alongside longtime resident Mylon at Sweet Memory Sounds, the Saturday night party at Notting Hill Arts Club made famous by DJ Derek. Expect the wildest and craziest vintage rhythms from swing and be-bop through jump-blues, calypso, ska, rocksteady, reggae, dancehall and more on the 4th Saturday of every month, starting January 25th!
Natty Bo is a record collector, DJ, dancer, bandleader and singer of Ska Cubano, The Top Cats, The Yiddish Twist Orchestra and of course The Flames Of Rhythm. He also spins the best sounds in town, having honed his craft over the past three decades at Gaz’s Rocking Blues and countless other festivals, clubs, house parties and late-night shebeens.
Count Skylarkin stumbled into DJing in mid-nineties South London and has since gone on to work with legendary Jamaican acts such as The Wailers (UK tour DJ), Toots & The Maytals, The Skatalites, Max Romeo and countless others, not to mention his decade-long association with outgoing Sweet Memory Sounds headliner DJ Derek in Oxford and beyond.
Reggae, bluebeat and soul afficionado Mylon D has been a resident at Sweet Memory Sounds for several years alongside DJ Derek and will continue to delight the dancefloor in his inimitable style in 2014.
Saturday 25th January 2014 at Notting Hill Arts Club
21 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3JG
6pm-2am, free before 8pm, £6 before 10pm, £8 after
My great friend Derek Serpell-Morris brings the curtain down on a unique lifetime in music with a long-since sold-out show at Notting Hill Arts Club on New Year’s Eve. But I’ve persuaded the old man to join myself and Destanation’s David and Daniel Norland at The Cellar [Oxford] the night before, for what will be the 2nd-last set he ever plays, anywhere.
Monday December 30th, the night before New Year’s Eve. 10pm-3am. £5 on the door. No advance tickets, just arrive early. £3 if you bring your ticket stub from Derek’s ‘official’ Oxford farewell show at the Zodiac in November. Wicked reggae, roots, rocksteady, ska, soul and dancehall selections all night long.
One of East Oxford’s longest-running and proudest traditions lives on. Yup, round these parts we spend our Christmas Eves skanking to roots, rocksteady, reggae, dancehall and rub-a-dub, and we’ve been doing it for nigh on 20 years. If you’ve been lucky enough to have been, you’ll know. If you haven’t, well now’s your chance.
Laid Blak have been voted the best live reggae act in Northern Europe, and with good reason. Their signature hit ‘Red’ has become ubiquitous since its 2008 release, and follow-ups such as ‘Bristol Love’ and ‘It’s A Pity’ have cemented the 7-piece’s place as British reggae’s modern-day cult heores. Back at Reggae Christmas for the second time, do not miss Bristol’s finest in the flesh this year.
Count Skylarkin ended up in East Oxford by mistake about 14 years ago. Happily enough, he fell in love with the place pretty quickly, and has since brought a great many of his musical heroes to the Dreaming Spires for the first time, among them Toots & The Maytals, Alton Ellis, The Skatalites, Susan Cadogan, The Wailers, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Max Romeo, Dawn Penn, Horace Andy, Dave ‘Double Barrell’ Barker and many more, while simultaneously becoming one of the city’s most respected record collectors and disc jockeys.