Cable London has closed its doors for good today. First of all love to the staff for having us over the past two years. 70 staff have lost their jobs which is fucked.
Butterz had 5 major nights at Cable from 2011 to March this year where we had JME, Skepta, Shorty, Joker, The Heatwave, DJ EZ, Lil Silva, Kode 9, Scratcha DVA, P Money, Champion, D Double E, Footsie, DJ Tubby, Chronik, Logan Sama, Kozzie, Merky Ace, Preditah, Darq E Freaker, Mr Mitch, Flava D, Oil Gang, Notion, P Jam, Spooky, D.O.K, Bruza, Skibadee, Hyper, Riko, Silkie, Marcus Nasty and Serious One join us in creating really special nights.
I’m obviously gutted as Butterz has lost it’s club home, but im more unhappy about the overall club landscape in London right now. Options are shrinking, club line ups are taking less risks, and when there nights in ‘Warehouse Spaces’ there is no guarantee of your safety, a good time or the night even happening. Hardly worth your hard earned cash on.
We are encouraged to create jobs for ourselves then they strip away our meeting points and cultural hubs and replace them with Costas, Subways and more retail units and housing nobody that works in those shops can afford.
We have young people up and down the country sitting in music, arts and fashion classes hoping to come to London one day to grow, but where are the opportunities at the moment? Not enough places to display, to perform, to practice to share ideas.
Councils, Governments and Police view nightclubs as a nuisance. The social goods are rarely considered. I think England thinks of nightclubs as home of binge drinking and civil disobedience.
Just speaking from the Butterz nights at Cable alone I can say it’s been the total opposite (especially with the ignorant Grime stereotype that people have) we brought together some of the most talented young producers, DJs, photographers, videographers (most under 25) and created a real energy that people came to see from all over the country (and the world!). Not one serious incident, just people coming together, young and old, from all different backgrounds. Music is one of the only things that can make that happen.
We had our first night on the weekend of the London Riots in August 2011, seems like nothing has changed since. We are slowly going to build another generation of lost youth in England.
On May 6th, New Jersey producer / DJ Jaw Jam will release The Truth EP, Tuff Wax Records’ eleventh release and first 12” pressing. The three tracks explore Jaw Jam’s signature style; soft sine synth-work, unorthodox structures and elusive vocal samples that strike a balance between a deep reference to the club atmosphere and the producer’s engagement in jazz and improvisatory music. The EP plays in a way that references the arch of an effective DJ set – the title track offering an upbeat and stripped-down ode to house anthems, followed by the deranged instrumental two-step track “Late Nite,” and closed by a sultry bass-heavy jam, “The End (Music Is the Answer). Throughout, Jaw Jam’s unique style of phrasing, chord use and vocal editing makes for an engaging and cohesive listening experience.
To mark the importance of its first 12″ release, Tuff Wax has collaborated with Aberdeen/Edinburgh-based design house TRY Industries to produce a single-sided pressing with a stunning laser etched design on the flip, packaged in hand-screened recycled card sleeves. The vinyl release is backed with a digi-EP featuring a freestyle inspired electro-pop remix with all the melody you’d expect from label honcho Lockah, and completed with a screwed opium-house rework from fellow rising Aberdonian Yoin.
We’re incredibly excited about this release and the hype surrounding it has already far exceeded any previous Tuff Wax project. We’ve had Radio 1 spin from B.Traits and Ally McCrae, plus an exclusive premiere from Earmilk, as well as more awesome features from Potholes In My Blog and Back The Too Future.
The EP is being released as in digi format with remixes from Lockah and Yoin, plus a glorious limited edition etched 12″.
The World’s Quietest Room
Scientists at Minneapolis’ Orfield Labs created their own soundless room, an anechoic chamber. Their studies have found that when putting subjects within the chamber, they begin to hallucinate within 30 minutes.
With an average quiet room having a sound level of 30 decibels, the anechoic chamber’s sound level is -9 decibels. The ceiling, floor, and walls of the chamber absorb sound rather than have it bounce off as normal objects do. The chamber is so quiet that the subjects can even hear their own organs functioning.
Although extremely interesting, the experience is rather unpleasant. Not one subject has spent more than 45 minutes in the chamber alone. Leaving a person to only their thoughts, the chamber could drive them insane.
So the country I live in is faced with a very important decision come 2014. We’re finally asking the question whether or not we should be an independent nation, or if we should remain ruled by a political party that we didn’t vote for and that historically has shown a disdain for us… There’s a lot of misinformation put out by the the imaginatively and misleadingly titled “Better Together” group who are for keeping us under the rule of our neighbours. The thing is that they are correct, for them (The UK) is better together but not for Scotland.
The simplest way I can put it is imagine two semi detached houses that neighbour each other. Both have kitchens and one of them wants to bake a cake. Now when they go to get ingredients, would they go to their neighbours kitchen to get what they need or would they go to their own?
Coca Cola Content 2020 initiative…
I am unsure if this is really a marketing masterpiece or just a student proposal but what I am sure is that this is the biggest amount of doublespeak seen or heard since 1984.
Bill Hicks was right, if you work in advertising or marketing just do the world a favour and shoot yourself in the head please.
Source: SoundCloud / Grill Cosby
Trevor Jackson with some words of wisdom…
For our 2012 Holiday Collection, we linked with designer and musician Trevor Jackson to create a series of music themed tees that hark back to the time when the classics were spun on 12” vinyl records. Playing with phrases and references pulled from classic songs from his past, Trevor’s designs are minimal, bold, and on point. He is responsible for designing over 300 album covers and remixing artists such as Massive Attack, UNKLE, and U2. We caught up with Trevor at his London studio to discuss his beginnings and the balancing act of having two successful careers.
The Stussy x Trevor Jackson Artist Series is available now at Stussy Chapter Stores worldwide and Stussy.com.
Lockah x Boxfresh x Moniker Art Fair 2012
Video features instrumental re-edit of ‘Clock’s Ticking’