Archive for February, 2012

The godfather of dubstep is coming to The Cellar!

A disciple of Lee “Scratch” Perry and one of the major players in UK and world reggae for nearly thirty years, the Mad Professor has worked with extensively with Jamaican legends including Horace Andy, Max Romeo, Susan Cadogan, Sly & Robbie and The Upsetter himself, not to mention remixing Massive Attack on their ‘No Protection’ album. His recorded output takes in roots, dub, jungle and bittersweet lovers rock, ranging from the political to the experimental to the downright extraterrestrial.

For the ROOTS OF DUBSTEP tour, the Prof’s famous Ariwa recording studio is reassembled onstage, enabling live remixes of master tapes from his extensive catalog. He’s also joined by a procession of vocalists and live instrumentation, all in the intimate of surroundings of Oxford’s number one underground music venue.

Includes entry to Skylarkin’ Soundsystem afterwards till 3am,

Skylarkin’ Soundsystem Presents
Friday May 4th 2012 at The Cellar, Frewin Court, Oxford
8pm | £10 advance

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Funky reggae from the coal city! The Caroloregians hail from Charleroi in Belgium, where their deep-fried reggae funk has seen them backing Trojan legends like Dave & Ansell Collins and touring all over Europe and the USA. Frontman Matthew Hardison sings like Sam Cooke and skanks like Laurel Aitken. “The Upsetters meets The Meters”. Absolutely not to be missed!

Now in his 71st year, Bristolian scene grandaddy DJ Derek has been delighting dancefloors since the 1960s with his trademark mix-up of reggae, dancehall and soul. A much-loved figure in the music industry, and an icon in his native St Paul’s, DJ Derek’s appearances in Oxford are always sell-outs.

We heard that Count Skylarkin is a real vampire who lives only by night and has been in Oxford since it was the capital of England. As society changed, the amount of virgins attending Oxford University dropped and he was forced into a career change. He couldn’t work in an office as the sunlight would kill him, and after trying various shelf packing jobs at all the major supermarkets Skylarkin had reached a brick wall. Drowning his sorrows in the famous Hi-Lo Jamaican bar Skylarkin watched across the room at a big West Indian man with a pipe in his mouth. He was rocking the party on the decks and girls were flocking around him. Skylarkin realised that if he could DJ he wouldn’t have to try and climb through gated windows in the grounds of Oxford University to drink virgins’ blood. He also noticed that there was a new breed of virgins in Cowley. More orange, more backcombed and more money than the previous and instead of breaking into their halls they would seek you out if you were a DJ. After these revelations were revealed to him Skylarkin re-invented himself as a DJ and has been drinking virgins blood ever since…


Skylarkin’ Soundsystem
Friday 2nd March at The Cellar, Frewin Court, Oxford
9pm-3am | £5 advance/door
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