Category Archives: Club Nights

Tightface, JeenBassa & Al Dobson Jr in the Boiler Room

A couple of months ago, Boiler Room played host to a group of artists High-Rise gets very excited about. The mighty TightFace joined JeenBassa (formerly Jeen Wilda) and Al Dobson Jr. to drop 50 minutes of original productions on unsuspecting revellers and support Mo Kolours further up the bill. As with all Boiler Room sets, you can watch the chaps go about their business above, or listen and download below.

Watch One Handed Music for more news on this absurdly talented collective.


TOM YUM – Rewind Old School Mix

Finally got round to giving High-Rise regular TOM YUM‘s latest mix a going over, and only three weeks after it dropped (sorry mate!). Unsurprisingly, it’s really really good. A lot more interesting than the usual ‘throw some Sugar Hill Gang and  Grandmaster Flash against a wall and see what sticks’ mixes you might be used to. This is partly due to the definition of old school hip hop being stretched a little bit, with tracks from DJ Mitsu the Beats and Wale Oyejide among others. Listen via Mixcloud below.

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This mix is a taster of what you can expect from TOM YUM as he holds down the main room with Nomark at Rewind, a hip hop party out of Brighton.

The Big Payback

Onra, everyone’s favourite French-Vietnamese hip hop producer, was feeling generous today and posted a download link for The Big Payback, his 2007 album produced with American keyboard player Byron. I bought this along with Tribute, his collaborative effort with Quetzal, when the record red mist descended after hearing the Vietnamese inspired hip hop instrumental album Chinoiseries. Now you can get it for free, and without the guilt usually associated with downloading music produced by your favourite artists. Click below…

Onra & Byron – The Big Payback

This album seems to have turned out to be a bit of a sleeper, and undeservedly so. The Big Payback sits comfortably alongside Sa-Ra, Afta-1 and Frank-n-Dank with a combination of suave G Funk keys and Detroit synths provided by Byron, and Onra’s relentlessly heavy, neck snapping beats. It’s roughly half instrumentals and half guest shots, with accompaniment from French MC Dal Gren and American vocalists Isis and Neco Redd (who has stepped out with the Platinum Pied Pipers too). Off the top, highlights include Blueberry Weed, Sleeping Pills and The World. Onra has consistently delivered unusual and exciting records over the last few years, so it’s a little strange that, in spite of the more recent successes of Chinoiseries and Long Distance, he has only played a handful of shows in the UK. Luckily Brighton based promoters Throw Some Shapes have set about addressing this, and have booked him for a special live show down on the South Coast at the end of April. Alongside the Kyuss gig of the weekend just passed and the ridiculous Black Star show coming up in May, this has the potential to be one of the Top 3 gigs of the year. Click on the flyer below to get your ticket.

You can see footage of his live show at the Knitting Factory in New York up on Jay-Z’s new blog of really cool and relevant stuff, Life & Times. Check out Onra’s SoundCloud for more music and be sure to follow and like him on the various self facilitating media nodes for news, new music and gig announcements. Since we are in the neighbourhood, here are a couple of more High-Rise favourites produced by Onra and friends, both free to stream and download below.

Rune Høgsberg

As if music from the Oslo SP Ensemble wasn’t enough to convince you to relocate to the frigid peaks of Northern Europe, High-Rise is back with some Denmark styles guaranteed to make you smile. Copenhagen based graphic designer Rune Høgsberg produced these posters for hip hop shows in and around Oslo, featuring Method Man & Redman, Pharoahe Monch, Smif N Wessun and a Stones Throw extravaganza. If I had to pick a favourite, the smokey Meth & Red poster above would be it, but the whole selection shows what a talented graphic designer can do with the lowly gig poster.


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Push | Move

Having passed out whilst writing this post last night, yesterdays Sunday beats have become the soundtrack to your Monday lunchtime. It might be late, but at least now you can terrorise fellow employees by turning these beats up to the red and waiting for them to take that first tentative bite of sausage roll before hitting play. This weekend saw The Doctor’s Orders Brighton host their annual J Dilla tribute event to a capacity crowd at Jam. Once again, The Doctor’s came through with the winning combination of a wide selection of talent, a party atmosphere and some great performances – Ruff Snippits deserves a special shout for his one tune a minute Dilla samples set. Given the occasion, it would seem fitting to post up a couple of the heaviest hitters from the night (any excuse really), so first up we have Push from M.E.D’s 2005 album, Push Comes to Shove. One of the main reasons I enjoy Dilla tribute nights is to hear these tunes played very loud through a substantial sound system. Do what you can with the 2 watt jobs on your laptop.

And to keep things moving in a similarly rowdy fashion, we have Move by Oh No. Here, Dilla samples Mike Hankinson’s take on the Bach classic, Fugue in D Minor, to spectacular effect. One of the ultimate hip hop screwface beats.

There were a bunch of flyers for the next Doctor’s Orders event floating around Jam on the night. They had been keeping quiet about this one…

If J-Live’s last Brighton appearance is anything to go by then this gig should be pretty spectacular. The gig was delayed by a crucial football match and when he came on at Komedia, it was to no more than 40 to 50 people huddled around the stage. Not to be detered, J-Live proceeded to produce one of the best live performances I have ever seen, juggling and MCing simultaneously. Click here for more details and to buy tickets, and follow The Doctor’s Orders on Twitter for the latest. And just in case anyone has forgotten how long J-Live has been in the business of producing classic hip hop music – DJ Spinna’s ’96 Dome Cracker remix of Braggin’ Writes.

J Dilla Birthday Special

Since J Dilla’s tragic death in 2006, February 7th has regularly seen a global outpouring of mixes, live performances, club nights, radio shows, and artwork dedicated to the great hip hop producer and his music on his birthday. This year is no exception, with a whole host of interesting bits and pieces popping up across the internet. High-Rise is here to bring you a selection of the finest new Dilla tributes along with a classic mix from Benji B & Ge-ology. To kicks things off, the image below is the winning entry into So Far To Go, an art contest run by the J Dilla Foundation, and the work of the talented Joe Buck. High-Rise regulars might recognise his work from the cover art of Brooklyn Flower by Damu the Fudgemunk; check that out here if you haven’t already, and go to Joe Buck’s website for more of his work.

Next up is J Dilla: Still Shining, a documentary produced back in 2006 and released today to commemorate the life and work of James Yancey following his tragic and untimely death. There is some fantastic archive footage of Dilla DJing at shows and working in the lab along with testimonies from hip hop titans including Pete Rock, Common and Q-Tip. Video credits go to B.Kyle, check out his website for more details on the project.

Still Shining also happens to be one of my favourite Dilla beats…

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The Doctor’s Orders Brighton

Having introduced High-Rise regulars to the joys of Donky Pitch, it seems only fair that e-props are duly bestowed upon the good folks at The Doctor’s Orders for keeping Brighton fed with a steady stream of quality Hip Hop, Funk and Soul. Originally hailing from London, where Spin Doctor and friends have managed to create what many consider to be the Capital’s finest hip hop night, The Doctor’s Orders expanded down to the South Coast in November 2009 and have offered a monthly dose of live acts and DJ sets ever since.

The Doctor’s Orders Brighton, currently based in the recently refurbished Jam club, have played host to a wide range of artists including Phat Kat, Elzhi, Ty,  Mr Thing, Shortee Blitz, Harry Love, DJ Format, DJ Vadim and Jazzie B (OBE) of Soul II Soul. Founder DJ Spin Doctor and Brighton resident Rusty Ryan handle the regular warm up slots, weekly DJ sets and summer parties down on the Brighton seafront. Although The Doctor’s are best known for hip hop music, you can expect funk, soul and jazz to make their way into the mix, be it via the odd sample drop or an entire rare groove set. Turn up to a Doctor’s Orders night and you will usually find a friendly, close to capacity crowd of revellers drawn to this consistently dope selection. Personal favourites of 2010 would have to be the Phat Kat, Elzhi and DJ Dez show (read more on that here) and the famously popular J Dilla tribute night held in February each year.

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Donky Pitch

Donky Pitch, Brighton synth terrorists and friends of High-Rise, have been making a nuisance of themselves down on the South Coast for well over a year now. Their club nights combine a quality assortment of bass music from across the planet with a friendly and unpretentious atmosphere, and the latest pressing from the Donky Pitch record label, the Donky Stomp EP, will tear your ears several new ones. The staff at High-Rise have enjoyed many an evening in the company of the Donky crew so, as the turn of the decade is as good an occasion as any, here is a bit about this outfit’s origins and movements over the next few months.

Donky Pitch founders Grinel and Nameless Pete held their inaugural party back in the summer of 2009 with a little help from Gemmy, Slugabed and Rekordah. Since then, they have gone from strength to strength, starting their very own record label and playing host to an international selection of artists including Debruit, Fulgeance, Mweslee, Tokimonsta, Alexander Nut and Blue Daisy to name just a few. Local filth pedlars Slugabed, Ghost Mutt and Boss Kite provide support on the regular and have been known to steal the show without warning. Turn up to a Donky Pitch night and you are guaranteed an exceptionally wide variety of music and an enthusiastic crowd that manages to swerve the unfortunate sausage-fest pitfall that plagues many niche music nights. If you are Brighton local or curious bass music pilgrim you owe it to yourself to attend.

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Phat Kat, eLZhi & DJ Dez

Having just about managed to nurse myself back to health after a dirty weekend in Brighton with Phat Kat, eLZhi & DJ Dez at the Doctor’s Orders, I am going to seize this brief moment of clarity and try to write some words about it. I had been looking forward to this gig for quite some time and, after a rambunctious MF Doom show and the incredible KRS-One & Supernatural, my expectations were high. Predictably the boys from the D answered with a set that placed them comfortably among the best live acts I have witnessed in person.

To kick off proceedings, Doctor’s residents Rusty Ryan and Spin Doctor opened with slick selections of classic hip hop, funk, soul and more recent joints. I probably take these dudes for granted somewhat and I shouldn’t – a good hip hop act is helped immeasurably by such talented support DJs. Deetroit took over at about half one in the morning and  Continue reading

Phat Kat, eLZhi & DJ Dez at the Doctor’s Orders

If you are anywhere within 100 miles of Brighton on Saturday night then you ought to be at this. Detroit legends Phat Kat, eLZhi and DJ Dez are down for the Doctor’s Orders 1st Birthday celebration at Jam in Brighton. If you need a ticket, grab one of the last few remaining here. To stay up to date with new events from the Doctor’s Orders, check out their website, or to find out about upcoming nights in Brighton, go to their Facebook page.

I will probably return next week with some photos and stories of the night, maybe even a little review. Until then…