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DRUM&BASS//BREAKS//DUBSTEP
THE GUESTLIST NETWORK | OCTOBER 2009
15 YEARS OF
METALHEADZ
DUBSTEP
@ THE ARCHES, LONDON
BRIDGE Metalheadz are celebrating
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 20TH their 15th Birthday on Friday
2009 November 20th at The Arch-
es in London Bridge (where
To many people, Metalheadz they’ll be doing 4 parties a
will need little introduction. year from now on). The stel-
The pioneering drum and lar line up includes Goldie,
bass record label - founded in Fabio, Randall, Storm, Com-
1993 by Doc Scott and Gold- mix, Spectrasoul, Jubei, Len-
ie - has been home to some zman, Spor, Marc Mac, Jump-
stuck in an elevator with 80s
of drum and bass’ brightest ing Jack Frost, Breakage and
talent. The Metalheadz back Flight, with MC support from

band Cameo. When you hear
catalogue features almost Rage, Moose, Fozz. Please

jO

KER his whiney pitch-bent synths on
a dance floor, it's like some kind
every major figure in the his- get in touch for more info or
of group electrocution taking
tory of the genre, with art- guestlist…
ARTIST PROFILE place. Those synths sound like a
ists such as Photek, Dillinja,
big laser frying everyone's brains
Adam F, Source Direct, Ed For any other info please
Liam Mclean, AKA Joker, is a man - I love that! - A bizarre, but apt
Rush & Optical contributing contact Simon@Rocket-
whose star is most definitely in description!
major productions to the im- scienceMedia.com
the ascendance. At the jealousy-
print.
inducing age of 20 he has already Joker’s greatest asset lies in the
achieved more than most DJ/ fact that he is not afraid of melody.
Producers achieve in a lifetime, He remains forward-thinking
and you get the feeling that he without denying his pop sensibili-
has only just begun! ties, and this lends his music a
timelessness that you sense will
Ever since his first release on give him longevity.
Pinch’s Earwax imprint (the Kap-
size EP) in early 2007 the hype You can see him tearing up clubs
surrounding Joker has increased across the country, and abroad,
exponentially, and he has contin- with his fast, deft mixing skills and
ued to show that it is thoroughly top rate selection.
deserved.
Get to know!
He has now had a slew of
releases on a number of revered 5 ESSENTIAL JOKER TRACKS:
labels including Hyperdub and
Tectonic, set up his own Kapsize 1. Stuck in the System
label which is rapidly achieving 2. Gully Brook Lane
‘buy-on-sight’ status for many, 3. Snake Eater
and is being enlisted to remix ev- 4. Digidesign
eryone from Simian Mobile Disco 5. Purple City
to Sean Paul.
With his debut album currently in JOKER’S TOP 10 TRACKS FOR
the making, the Joker takeover is OCTOBER:
imminent. 1. Joker – Tron
2. Joker and TC – untitled
Joker stands out from the masses 3. Benga – Rock Music
of aggressive wobble that is cur- 4. Jakes – Rhythm (Bless
rently engulfing a lot of dubstep Joker Spesh)
through his vibrant, technicolour 5. Emalkay – When I
take on the sound. He combines Look at You
crisp hip hop beats and gritty 6. Gemmy – A Night on
grime basslines with waves of the Wonk
warm swirling synth melodies that 7. Mala – Eyes
are both emotive and irresistibly 8. Distance – No Warn-
catchy. ing
9. Skream – Fields of
Hyperdub boss Kode 9 de- Emotion
scribed his sound as like ‘Wiley 10. L Wiz – Tvångströjjan
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