TROPICAL YARD PARTY @ Lockside, Camden

10 May 2013

Lockside Lounge, West Yard, Camden Lock NW1 8AF. Tube: Camden / Chalk Farm Tel: 020 72840007

TROPICAL YARD PARTY @ Lockside, Camden

5pm - 10pm: Outdoor in the West Yard
10pm - 3am: Upstairs at The Lockside Lounge

Lockside welcomes a heavyweight line up of some of the UK's finest tropical DJs and live acts to kick the summer off in fine style with an outdoor party in the yard continuing upstairs in the Lockside Lounge once the lights go down!

From the highly influential Soundway Records label boss Miles Cleret will be playing a rare London set, digging deep in his immaculate record box for an expedition through afro-beat, funk, highlife, calypso, cumbia, champeta and disco. Serious tropical heat to fire up the dance! Joining the line up Ghettobassquake and Secousse / Palm City Social main man Vamanos whose bass heavy DJ sets leave no ass unshaken. Plus DJ Huskii global bass b-boy, cumbia enthusiast, and founder of the tropical block-party collective FFTANG! FFTANG! And hosted by Movimientos' dancehall caballeros Arias & Cal Jader with their trademark blend of red hot 'classico' latin beats, uptempo carnival rhythms, and tropical bass. And performing an early set in the yard (7pm) will be Carnival veterans Maracatu Estrela do Norte with their huge dance rhythms rooted in Afro-Brazilian culture, original drum and bass sounds!


Miles Cleret (Soundway Records)
Vamanos (Ghettobassquake / Secousse)
Huskii (Ftang Ftang)
Arias & Cal Jader (Movimientos)

LIVE ACT in the yard early (7pm)
Maracatu Estrela do Norte

More about the music:

DJ Miles Cleret

Since launching Soundway Records in 2002 with Ghana Soundz (Afro-beat, Funk & Fusion in 70's Ghana) Miles Cleret has been driven on by an insatiable need to find unusual records to pepper his DJ sets with his collecting and research expeditions becoming increasingly numerous and far-reaching. Fuelled by the developing success of each chapter released by his fledgling label has taken him to Ethiopia, Benin, Ghana, Colombia, Nigeria, Panama, Trinidad, Kenya and Thailand. Although the label has it's roots in West Africa the scope has grown to include many other parts of the tropical belt with the aim of making available recordings that have in most cases never been available outside of their original countries and often not even there for over 30 years. With Cleret's? background in DJ culture and dance-music the label has garnered a reputation as a quality outlet of surprising and in many cases unusual sounds. Styles have included afro-beat, funk, highlife, ethio-jazz, molam, calypso, cumbia, champeta, biguine, latin-jazz and disco as well as many recordings that don't seem to fit into any genre which reflects Mile's eclectic dancefloor led DJ sets.

Maracatu Estrela do Norte are a London-based group who perform heavyweight dance floor music from the Pernambuco region of northeast Brazil. It's music that is rooted in Afro-Brazilian culture combining powerful syncopated bass rhythms that punctuate the beat snare drum, cowbell and shakers. Original drum and bass culture!

Global Bass b-boy, Cumbia enthusiast, and founder of the tropical block-party collective FFTANG! FFTANG!, Huskiii fuses Colombian rhythms with Hip Hop beats and heavy basslines. Also taking in Dancehall, Funk, Carnival riddims and Electro Champeta his sets have been mashing up latin club culture long before Moombahton was a twinkle in the blogosphere's eye.


Since first hearing the bass-heavy sounds of local producers during extended trips through Latin America in 2004, Vamanos has been captivated by the progressive urban dance music of the southern hemisphere. Returning to his native London, he began writing Ghetto Bassquake which quickly became a critically acclaimed online destination for the hottest underground sounds from around the world, focussed especially on Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean. As one of the key figures behind the much-loved, legendary London tropical night, Secousse subsequently reborn as Palm City Social, Vamanos's DJ sets are as unpredictable as they are riotous, leaving no ass unshaken. He has also played around the world in New York, Belgium, Geneva, Paris, Berlin, Stockholm, Lowlands Festival Netherlands, Bestival, Secret Garden party and most recently Ghetto Bassquake Sound System show at SXSW.

Tropical Yard Party presented by Movimientos

5pm - 10pm: Outdoor in the West Yard
10pm - 3am: Upstairs at The Lockside Lounge

West Yard
Camden Lock West Yard
Tube: Camden / Chalk Farm
Tel: 020 72840007

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