Giant Steps welcomes back Mr G and John Swing this Saturday, 15th December for an evening of vinyl delight in Swan Wharf, Hackney Wick. Giant Steps is a collaboration between Dalston bar and restaurant Brilliant Corners – famed for its audiophile sound system and for hosting some of the deepest and most eclectic diggers the city and beyond – and The Analogue Foundation. The latter is a collective dedicated to enabling a broader appreciation of the qualities of analogue sound, emphasising the importance of good audio as a medium to enrich the senses and to enhance the shared connection between human beings. Itself a travelling sound system, Giant Steps focuses on carefully curated record collectors, creating an atmosphere of freedom, comfort and togetherness via a soundscape of pure eclecticism.
Few artists seem better qualified to uphold and demonstrate this ethos and its associated artform than the likes of Mr G. Despite his position as a leading figure in house music for over two decades, the Derby-born, London based artist remains a figure whose considerable contributions to the scene are only fully appreciated by true dance music fans. An avid collector since his early teens, Mr G, real name Colin McBean, initially began his career as a member of the legendary KCC and the Rocking Crew Soundsystem before forming one half of techno duo The Advent. KCC’s legendary Confusion parties hosted Detroit masters such as Richie Hawtin and Kevin Saunderson, at the time on the cusp of international stardom.
Early success lead to the founding of McBean’s own label, Phoenix G, in 1999, with releases such as Urban Warfare, the G Beatz series and Remote Viewing establishing his own signature ‘analogue bass-heavy electronic tech-funk’, as well as playing host to music from artists such as DJ Deep, Ben Sims and DJ Rolando. Releases on Rekids, the End, Defected, and Detroit’s Moods ‘n’ Grooves, as well as remixes of artists as varied as X-Press II and Josh Wink, have cemented his status as an industry favourite. McBean has famously been record shopping every Thursday in London for the last 30 years, and the resulting stellar collection and skilful mastery of live sets make this one not to be missed.
Rounding off the lineup is co-owner of LiveJam Records and EMG’s Relative Imprint, John Swing. Inspired by soul and funk and favouring emotive and raw house cuts, the artist is known for pushing the boundaries of modern dance music through an expansive record collection and a firm grasp of techniques of the past. With an uncompromising attitude to analogue in his productions and a back catalogue spanning over fifty releases, the London based underground talent has received backing from the likes of Levon Vincent and Theo Parrish. Inspired by the spiritual musicality of legendary Shoreditch venue Plastic People, Swing’s unique blend of underground soundscapes and eclectic, quality disco ensures an intelligent dance-floor experience for body and mind alike.
The event runs from the reasonable time of 6 pm to midnight and is a must for vinyl enthusiasts and true house lovers alike.