Circular Jaw and Loose Lips come together as Loose Jaw to curate a night of the most fresh and weighty bass music.
- WEN (Tectonic/Tempa/Keysound) *Birmingham Debut*
To achieve real progression in UK underground music, it takes individuals with the inclination to push sonic boundaries; artists that build on precedents and mutate strands of pre-existing sounds to create something genuinely fresh and exciting. Over the past couple of years, Wen has undoubtedly been one of the producers to move things forward, with his output helping to shape the next chapter of dark, bass-gravitating, broken rhythm beats. Throttling the tempo of grime and dubstep but maintaining their murky aesthetics, Wen amalgamates rhythms from a range of percussive influence and constructs ominous, spacious compositions underpinned by the impact of his taut low-frequency engineering. His considerable promise had been apparent to many from his early productions, but it was his debut 12” ‘Swingin’ on fellow Kent-based label 'Badimup' and his devastating ‘Commotion’ EP that garnered Wen widespread attention, a release that sounded quite unlike anything else out at the time. Tastemakers Dusk & Blackdown, whose seminal Keysound imprint put out ‘Commotion’, worked fast to sign the veritable mountain of deadly Wen dubs they were sitting on, and his debut full length, ‘Signals’, is due for release this year along with his notoriously fierce Dizzee Rascal bootleg, ‘Strings Hoe’ out on white-label.
The unique and ultimately heavy sound Wen has forged has helped him reach landmark personal achievements at a blistering pace, with the Keysound support followed by working his tracks into the record boxes of everyone from Oneman to Benji B on Radio 1, even receiving plays from the usually dubstep-focused Youngsta. Appearances on the legendary Rinse FM airwaves have come thick and fast, as have bookings at revered events such as FWD, Outlook and Reconstrvct, not to mention the constant stream of sets at other nights across the UK and beyond. Wen’s debut LP, ‘Signals’ is set to cement his reputation as one of the country’s most compelling young talents, with him having pushed his production levels through the roof; every beat hits harder, tighter and lower, and it features an early contender for the rowdiest track of 2014, the ridiculous Riko Dan collab, ‘Play Your Corner’, that is already out there damaging soundsystems.
-PHRIXUS (Sounds Of Sumo/Them Flavours)
The past year has seen Phrixus make his way into the scene through a string of heavy hitting, booty shaking, bass filled rhythms, all tied together with his own take on the UK bass movement.
-LOOSE LIPS (London)
Loose Lips is a club night in London, promoting a wide range of engaging music. They throw frequent parties in exciting locations around Europe and regularly release new music, mixes and illustrations.
With a recent night in Marseille, a host of festival appearances and a stormer of a night at Corsica Studios back in July, it's an exciting time to have them in Birmingham! Check out their Hoxton FM radio show, every Wednesday 5-7pm, to find out everything else you need to know about their association!
-CIRCULAR JAW (Birmingham)
Circular Jaw is a record label based in Birmingham who release music and throw parties. Fresh on the block, they are bringing through some of the most interesting and energetic bass music around.
LOOSE LIPS RESIDENTS:
ROMMEK (Loose Lips/Weekend Circuit)
Despite only being 21 years old, we have been amazed by Rommek's productions for almost 6 years now. Especially in the last few years, his sound has matured hugely, making him into one of the most exciting young techno producers in London.
With recent vinyl releases on No Logo & Weekend Circuit and digital releases with Labrynth, Sonntag Morgen and B55, we can safely say that our sentiment is shared by many. Support from Developer, Francois X and Arnaud le Texier to only name a few, is the greatest compliment to the commitment exuded by Rommek over the last few years. Adriana Lopez's remix on his Thought Patterns EP being played twice on DJ Deep's boiler room a few months ago was a strong signal of this backing.
As a DJ, his sets are both unique and engaging. Recent sets at Motion, Corsica and Crucifix Lane wet the appetite for all his future residential appearances at Loose Lips. To top this off, he has recently secured a residency at Dazed & Confuzed, another very reputable underground techno night in London.
Check out his guest appearance on Loose Lip's Hoxton FM show here - www.soundcloud.com/loose-lips123/debut-loose-lips-show-on-hoxton-fm-040215-wrommek?in=loose-lips123%2Fsets%2Fhoxton-fm-shows.
MEDALLION MAN (Loose Lips/Hoxton FM)
Medallion Man is co-founder and resident of Loose Lips. He started playing on the radio, developing an unique take on experimental and electronic music. Animating several shows on different stations during the last years, he regularly offers listeners 2 hours of varied sounds.
His current project is with Hoxton FM in which his Loose Lips show invites artists for guest mixes and interviews on a weekly basis. He has previously held residencies with the likes of Seminor Lab, Pulse Production and plays regularly in clubs such as Corsica Studios and The Egg, whilst maintaining a regular presence at South West events.
DANBE (Loose Lips/Vivify)
Dan is Loose Lips' newest resident and is a man of hugely eclectic taste. Playing records with such affection, he has really started to flourish in the last couple of years. He plays and produces the finest selection of House & Techno, often with an afro-beat influence throughout. In Devon, he grew up as a major part of Groundvibes Soundsystem and held Vivify and Lightworks residencies, regularly playing alongside the likes of Phil Weeks, Medlar, Fabio Monesi, Billy Nasty and Subb-an.