As one of the most recognisable brands in the UK’s music scene, the former pirate radio station Rinse has to take extra care to maintain its signature balance of big and bold with a stripped back feel; of signing chart topping records without selling out; of branching out but staying true to their roots. They do this subtly and brilliantly, which you can see in their latest unveiling of a string of nationwide club nights this spring. Sub Club, Digital in Newcastle and Leeds’ coolest club the Wire are among the venues getting a visit.
Pender street steppers have a soothing synth-based sound rooted in early Chicago house and drawing influence from names such as Larry Heard, with a measured other-worldly modern twist. While one might comfortably label the pair as house DJs, make no mistake – while holding true to deep, funky and euphoric themes, they’re not afraid to play sets where house and even disco are heavily rationed to make room for funk, dub and all sorts of other sounds. Their recorded set from Farr festival in 2015 is a super fun and refreshing example of this. For this Saturday at least, I would expect almost wall to wall 909s from them, but what surprises they might have in store and how they might adapt their rather mellow production sound for a peak time club set are of great interest.
Dimensions Soundsystem are the guys behind the one and only Dimensions Festival – one of the most high-brow events in the festival calendar each summer – and their relatively recently launched label arm Dimensions Recordings. Trying to disambiguate them musically would stretch me and I’m certain they will push even some of the highly seasoned Wire attendees with insatiable tastes for leftfield sounds into new territories.