Om Unit

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Om Unit makes his annual elements appearance! Guaranteed highlight of the summer incoming. Opening set by Lenore. Visuals by Ian Nault. Cover $12

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(Cosmic Bridge | 31 | Exit | Metalheadz | Civil Music) UK

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Om_Unit

As a producer and DJ, Jim Coles has been a significant and pioneering presence in various dance music circles for the past five years. Following a formative decade in the global hip-hop underground, Coles took the name Om Unit in the late 2000s and began to travel across genres and scenes in search of sonic tropes to cross-breed and re-imagine. Key to his approach is a desire to never settle for the destination and instead focus on what can be learned from the journey.

What drives Coles is a desire to keep challenging himself, and in turn his audience. Over the past five years, this has led him to distill various influences — hip-hop, dubstep, ambient, jungle, footwork — into a fluid take on sound system culture that sidesteps the pitfalls of genres and pastiche and creates new potentials for exploration and inspiration, with many following in his footsteps. It’s how, in the early 2010s, he came to pioneer the stylistic and rhythmic links between jungle and footwork via a series of acclaimed edits that brought him to the attention of the drum & bass scene. This personal approach has earned Coles praise as a refreshing voice in dance music from both peers and the media.

On record, Coles’ explorations into the deeper end of the electronic music spectrum have come via releases for Civil Music, including a critically acclaimed debut album, 2013’s Threads, legendary drum & bass outfit Metalheadz, where he was given access to Goldie’s personal sample archive as the inspiration for 2014’s Inversion album, Planet Mu, for a collaboration with Machinedrum as Dream Continuum, All City Records, remixing Grammy-winning producer Om’Mas Keith, Plastician’s Terrorhythm, and Exit Records, where he first collaborated with Sam Binga (leading to their BUNIT series of white label releases). The same exploratory approach has made him an in-demand remixer and BBC Radio 1, Boiler Room, Resident Advisor, FACT, XLR8R, and Rinse FM have called on him to provide mixes and showcase his sound.

In 2011, Coles set up a label, Cosmic Bridge Records, through which he has exercised an A&R sensibility that has created an exciting independent home for likeminded artists. The label’s releases, pressed onto limited edition vinyl runs, regularly sell out within days of their street date. Through Cosmic Bridge, Coles has championed veterans such as Kromestar and Boxcutter alongside new voices from Europe and America, including Moresounds, Danny Scrilla, and Graphs. The label’s breadth is best seen in the celebrated, and award-nominated,Cosmolog compilation series Coles began overseeing in 2014. Cosmic Bridge represents a dual path of inspiration: that which Coles found in others’ music, and that which others have found in his.

Coles is also a sought after DJ, with over 300 appearances in clubs and festivals in more than 30 countries he has made the equivalent of over a dozen trips round the globe and counting. And in line with his desire to imagine new potentials for dance music has appeared on varied bills from the Montreux Jazz Festival to Bass Coast, Outlook to Mysteryland.

After two decades in London, Coles relocated to Bristol in 2015. From his new studio on the English west coast he continues his search through production work (the Torchlight EP series on Cosmic Bridge) and aesthetic exercises (the Gates mix series). A keen scholar of all music, he draws from the past and present to imagine the future, never content to remain in the same place for too long.

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10pm-2am
Residents: Crook, Lenore & Fox
Visuals by BUZI, Ian Nault, Yegglet and Massta

The Upbeats

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Hailing from Wellington, New Zealand, Terror Snake and Downie Wolf are The Upbeats, one of the most legendary production/DJ teams to emerge out the fertile New Zealand drum and bass scene. From playing ironic bootleg mash-ups at a tiny rock bar, to owning and operating their own record label, Non Vogue, this substantially more motivated “Wayne and Garth” of the drum and bass world are genuine innovators; in more ways than one.With a decade of experience in the music game they have released three critically lauded albums (with a fourth in the works) and countless singles on some of the most respected drum and bass record labels in the world. Known for their skills at constructing both digital pub rock anthems for the club and genuinely emotional home listening material – their musicality has seen them collaborate with or remix for the likes of Ed Rush and Optical, Noisia, Bad Company, Hive, Gridlock, Bulletproof, TREi, State of Mind, Shapeshifter and MSTRKRFT. Along the way they’ve performed extensively across New Zealand, Australia, North America, Europe and the UK building a loyal audience worldwide. Favoring an anything goes DJ style, their performances regularly trigger mosh pits, crowdsurfing, topless dancers, on-stage acrobatics and even once, dual zorb surfing at a capacity paint rave. Still as passionate about the creation and performance of music as they were ten years ago, The Upbeats continue to set standards across the board. Creatively speaking, these guys are far from done. Hold tight for the next episode.

Opening set by Fox and visuals by Ian Nault. Cover $12.

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10pm-2am
Residents: Crook, Lenore & Fox
Visuals by Bonk, Ian Nault, Yegglet, Massta and BUZI

Ticklish and Glowworm vs Kae Sharp

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Next week marks the debut of Ticklish, a Berlin-based multi-instrumentalist whose edits and unreleased tracks have been getting rinsed by the likes of Machinedrum, Om Unit and Addison Groove among others! His footwork hybrids with heavy rnb flavor and sassy chopped up jungle breaks are totally unparalleled! Special opening set by Glowworm (NEJ | 4ORCE) b2b Kae Sharp (MADE | 413dnb | NEJ)! Could this be the birth of a new dynamic duo? And visuals by Massta! Cover $10

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10pm-2am
Residents: Crook, Lenore & Fox
Visuals by Bonk, Ian Nault, Yegglet, Massta and BUZI

Lenore & Fox + VJ BUZI

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Haven’t done one of these in a minute. Hope to see you out! Cover $5 before 12pm, then $7

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10pm-2am
Residents: Crook, Lenore & Fox
Visuals by Bonk, Ian Nault, Yegglet, Massta and BUZI

Alix Perez

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Remember a couple weeks ago when Thijs from Noisia said that tune by Alix Perez was his favorite right now? Well we got the one and only on deck next week! His debut set in 2014 went off the rails so, with all the stuff he has in store with his various projects and collabs, you know this time around can only be bananas! Opening set by Lenore. Visuals by BUZI. Cover $15

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alix_Perez

Belgian born Alix Depauw is the face behind production moniker Alix Perez, now regarded as one of the most ground-breaking and innovative producer/DJ’s of his time. Alix released his first album with the much-revered imprint Shogun Audio. Since then Alix has collaborated with the foremost names in drum’n’bass, including Noisia, Marcus Intalex, dBridge, and Cali- bre just to name a few.

In 2013, along with his highly acclaimed BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix, Alix released his much anticipated sophomore effort ‘Chroma X Chords,’ also on Shogun.The album saw the ever-evolving artist achieving his singular vision of breaking down genre barriers. The reception for the album surpassed all expectations, and has redefined peoples’ perception of Alix as a producer once again.

Alix’ released the “U” EP, featuring Rashad and Spinn, in April 2014 on the highly esteemed Exit Records. Alix has been busy producing for future rap pioneers (namely “They Call Me Raptor”), which is available on Foreign Beggars’ label, Par-Excellence. Alix also produced the Modus EP (also featuring Eprom and Riko Dan) for Foreign Beggars EP which was released in October 2014. After that he and Eprom formed the collaborative trailblazing project called SHADES.

To say the future is bright for this most prolific of artists is a massive understatement.