After the success of their Hidden show with Addison Groove and Dusky to name a few, Soltek return with a new show at the Lightbox under the acclaimed Upfront Project series. Recognised for their eclectic music policy, Soltek have gathered a lineup that streams over 20 years of house and techno. Effortlessly combining the very much established with exciting and fresh new talent in the underground scene, and presenting a slightly different angle to their usual sonic direction, this show promises to be their biggest and most impressive to date.
Heading up the bill is an artist that needs no introduction, the unmistakable A Guy Called Gerald. Acid house pioneer in his own right, he has often been labeled as the gateway between Chicago House, Detroit Techno, and the UK dance music explosion in the late ‘80’s. The man behind undoubtedly one of the most seminal dance music tracks of all time, “Voodoo Ray”, it’s difficult to imagine what modern dance music would be like without A Guy Called Gerald’s influence.
Next up is Milton Jackson, whose innovative and thought-provoking releases have established him as a trailblazer of deep house and a firm favourite amongst true house aficionados. With releases on renowned labels such as Freerange, Jimpster and Tsuba, and his groundbreaking debut album “Bionic Boy” still turning heads to this day, we can’t wait to welcome Milton Jackson for his Soltek debut. Accompanying him will be another figurehead in the house and techno world and one of the UK’s most versatile, original and imaginative producers, Glimpse. His warm analogue approach to production and his live sets have gained him support from a broad range of artists including Carl Craig, Levon Vincent, Richie Hawtin, DJ Koze, Scuba, Ricardo Villalobos, Sven Vath and Jackmaster.
Milton Jackson has done an interview with Skiddle ahead of he’s performance, check out what he has to say here.
He’ll be joined by one of Portugal’s finest exports and a young producer who’s been causing quite a stir in the house scene of late with his trademark hard-hitting but smooth 4×4 beats and deep, punchy basslines, none other than Man Make Music’s very own Trikk. Last but by no means least is burgeoning London based producer Bobby Champs, whose raw, club ready compositions have garnered the support of some of dance music’s most respected djs and producers, including the likes of Maya Jane Coles, Tiga, Claude Vonstroke, Blawan and Ben UFO to name a few. With a forthcoming EP lined up for release on West Norwood Cassette Library’s own imprint WNCL, as well as lots of other exciting material in the pipeline, Mr. Champs is soon sure to cement himself as one of the UK’s most powerful new forces in underground dance music. Support comes from Soltek resident selectors Daffadam, Nick Duffy, Lizzle and Subculture, alongside special guests Seldom Cinq, Tommy Blunt, Harry Pye and Matt Melvin. As always, expect unrivalled sound, top-notch production and most importantly, an unbeatable vibe.
Lineup across two rooms :
▬▬ A Guy Called Gerald
▬▬ Milton Jackson (Freerange, Tsuba)
▬▬ Glimpse (Planet E, Hotflush)
▬▬ Trikk (ManMakeMusic, Pets Recordings)
▬▬ Bobby Champs (Hypercolour, Pictures)
▬▬ Seldom Cinq(Patchy Recordings, Plain Sound)
▬▬ Daffadam (Soltek)
▬▬ Nick Duffy (Soltek)
▬▬ Subculture (Soltek)
▬▬ Lizzle (Soltek)
▬▬ Tommy Blunt (Bear Royalties)
▬▬ Harry Pye
▬▬ Matt Melvin
Tickets available from Resident Advisor and The Ransom Note:
• £8 Earlybird (SOLD OUT)
• £10 First Release (SOLD OUT)
• £12 Second Release
• £15 On The Door
For those of you who are feeling lucky, there are various competitions on Facebook at the moment offering free VIP tickets to this Friday’s show – including one we have done! For your chance to win follow the links below :
(Winners announced Thursday evening)