LTJ Bukem

Double Dragon presents: Bukem in Session

LTJ Bukem

Submorphics ft. Christina Tamayo, Hosted by MC T.R.A.C.

Fri, July 11, 2014

Doors: 11:00 pm / Show: 11:30 pm

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 21 and over

tickets available at the door $15 cash only

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LTJ Bukem
LTJ Bukem
Just who is LTJ Bukem? Ground breaking DJ? Inspirational musician? Record label entrepreneur? Club visionary, perhaps? When the man behind those wire rimmed glasses and that disarming smile writes his job description just what does he put? The man who took the drum and bass concept from a small venue off London's Charing Cross Road to the nation's superclubs and then onto the international stage? The geezer whose records launched breakbeat into a brand new galaxy of sound? Or maybe he just writes 'Renaissance man for a digital age'. In truth LTJ Bukem is all of the above. Although he wouldn't like to admit it, LTJ Bukem is the living embodiment of the post-acid house entrepreneurial creative spirit. He is a mild mannered energy flash whose panoramic musical vision has found success in every area he has explored. From running sound systems to cutting up breaks at raves, from relocating the heart of breakbeat culture to redefining the spirit of drum and bass, the man known to his friends as Danny has sat at the forefront of breakbeat evolution, lighting the way with little more than a zest for life and a love of music. In other words, LTJ Bukem is a man on a mission!
Bukem's first introduction to music, like so many others, was through piano lessons as a child. Unlike many however, the young pianist turned out to possess a natural talent and he quickly moved through the piano grades. Classical music represented the soundtrack to his home life. Both parents having a passion for Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky that rubbed off on their son. However it was when the family moved to Watford and Bukem aged 10 changed music teachers that he developed his first true musical love. Thanks to a progressively minded teacher - Nigel Crouch - he was then introduced to the world of jazz fusion, a style which has informed his work ever since. Early eighties, at the age of seventeen, Bukem discovered the joys of clubbing. The teenager regularly checked out the local soul clubs and legendary rare groove all dayers. As a keen record buyer he soon became interested in the idea of putting over his own version of the club soundtrack and before long he became involved with a sound system. During this time he also ran a jazz funk band, although this never presented itself as a serious past-time; just fun. The DJing was his main thing and by 1987 he gained something of a reputation for his sets. However it was in 1988 that Bukem first realised that DJing could offer a full-on career.
In 1990, LTJ Bukem got his first big break - at 'Raindance'. Booked to play between 1 & 2 AM in front of 10,000 people, it was the first true test of this fledgling DJ's skills. It may have taken all of his mates to push him onto the stage but it proved to be a set that he'll never forget. From the first track he "ripped it up" and LTJ Bukem, the world class DJ was truly born.
Naturally, Bukem then ventured into the studio to record a track which was to become one of the most influential records of the era. This 12" titled 'Logical Progression' surfaced on the newly formed Vinyl Mania imprint. At once anthemic and relaxing it offered the first true blueprint to Bukem's sonic vision. By the time of his follow up to 'Logical Progression' Bukem had set up his own imprint. Run from a small office in Harlesden, London, the label was christened 'goodlooking' and its debut offering came in the shape of 'Demon's Theme'. Finished in mid 1990 and pressed up onto dub- plate, Bukem dropped it into his sets for a full year to test the reaction before he finally released the track officially in July '92. 'Demon's Theme' immediately caught the imagination of many people, its soulful combination of rushing breaks, lush ambience and mellow vibes opening up fresh vistas within the increasingly dark ambience of the rave. Bukem's next release was 'Apollo' Return to Atlantis in '92, however his biggest breakthrough came with his next release 'Music' in 1993. In 1994 Bukem unleashed '19.5' while the release of the similarly epic 'Horizons' coincided with the opening of the legendary 'Speed' at the Mars Bar in London. This was an important time for Bukem. The label was gaining ground with its growing catalogue of must-have tunes and Bukem's own in-demand DJing. The launch of 'Speed' was intended to run hand in hand with the growth of goodlooking while also offering a focal point for the growing drum and bass scene. After a shaky start, which almost forced the night into closure, 'Speed' quite literally took off one night in the summer of '94.
Typically, Bukem made the most of this situation. He used the sudden media limelight to forward his vision, highlighting goodlooking Records and its label roster. In 1995 the label licensed a compilation to London Records. Titled 'Logical Progression' it featured exclusive cuts from the roster alongside older tracks and is still one of the highest selling drum & bass compilations to have been released. "I wanted to see the label grow, I wanted to invest in the people who were signed to the label, so the move had to happen. It was never simply about LTJ Bukem, it was about goodlooking Records, Logical Progression and the sound." At this time Bukem joined forces with Tony Fordham who made goodlooking an actual business and together started the journey of what goodlooking then became.
Bukem's own music never took a back seat. There were remixes (including astounding reworks of Jodeci's 'Feenin' and Michelle Gayle's 'Sweetness'), his own additions to the label compilations and a collaboration with David Arnold on the infamous James Bond theme to 'Thunderball'. a set that he'll never forget. From the first track he "ripped it up" and LTJ Bukem, the world class DJ was truly born.
Naturally, Bukem then ventured into the studio to record a track which was to become one of the most influential records of the era. This 12" titled 'Logical Progression' surfaced on the newly formed Vinyl Mania imprint. At once anthemic and relaxing it offered the first true blueprint to Bukem's sonic vision. By the time of his follow up to 'Logical Progression' Bukem had set up his own imprint. Run from a small office in Harlesden, London, the label was christened 'goodlooking' and its debut offering came in the shape of 'Demon's Theme'. Finished in mid 1990 and pressed up onto dub- plate, Bukem dropped it into his sets for a full year to test the reaction before he finally released the track officially in July '92. 'Demon's Theme' immediately caught the imagination of many people, its soulful combination of rushing breaks, lush ambience and mellow vibes opening up fresh vistas within the increasingly dark ambience of the rave.
Bukem's next release was 'Apollo' Return to Atlantis in '92, however his biggest breakthrough came with his next release 'Music' in 1993. In 1994 Bukem unleashed '19.5' while the release of the similarly epic 'Horizons' coincided with the opening of the legendary 'Speed' at the Mars Bar in London. This was an important time for Bukem. The label was gaining ground with its growing catalogue of must-have tunes and Bukem's own in-demand DJing. The launch of 'Speed' was intended to run hand in hand with the growth of goodlooking while also offering a focal point for the growing drum and bass scene. After a shaky start, which almost forced the night into closure, 'Speed' quite literally took off one night in the summer of '94.
Typically, Bukem made the most of this situation. He used the sudden media limelight to forward his vision, highlighting goodlooking Records and its label roster. In 1995 the label licensed a compilation to London Records. Titled 'Logical Progression' it featured exclusive cuts from the roster alongside older tracks and is still one of the highest selling drum & bass compilations to have been released. "I wanted to see the label grow, I wanted to invest in the people who were signed to the label, so the move had to happen. It was never simply about LTJ Bukem, it was about goodlooking Records, Logical Progression and the sound." At this time Bukem joined forces with Tony Fordham who made goodlooking an actual business and together started the journey of what goodlooking then became.
Bukem's own music never took a back seat. There were remixes (including astounding reworks of Jodeci's 'Feenin' and Michelle Gayle's 'Sweetness'), his own additions to the label compilations and a collaboration with David Arnold on the infamous James Bond theme to 'Thunderball'. In the midst of all this rampant activity Bukem also managed to release the 'Mystical Realms EP' in March '98. The EP featured 'Twilight Voyage' with sombre flute refrains, chopping keys and an outer world ambience. The vocal and instrumental versions of 'Orchestral Jam', with its urgent break, echo dropped sonar and dissonant violins, and final track; the reflective, Herbie Hancock-esque 'Journey Inwards'. Three tracks, each representing a deeper development of the Bukem sound, further underlining Bukem's position as a sonic leader of post rave breakbeat culture.
Bukem continued to produce and mix some of the World's best Drum & Bass and cross-over compilations that have ever been put out. Titles such as 'Progression Sessions', the 'Earth' volumes and further instalments of the 'Logical Progression' series have become notorious for the new and exciting directions that Bukem has always strived to take, but without losing sight of his original musical roots and all the things that inspired him in the beginning.
The start of the 21st century saw LTJ Bukem continuing on his extraordinary musical odyssey with his long awaited solo album 'Journey Inwards'; A diverse and multi directional album of drum 'n' bass, soul, downbeat and house tracks that opened the eyes of those that had no faith and warmed the souls and inner belief of those that did. He has also added to his impressive remixing portfolio with his interpretation of 'The Essence' by jazz legend Herbie Hancock. On top of this he has continued the 'Progression Sessions' series of live mixes captured on CD, featuring storming performances recorded live in The USA, Tokyo, London and Germany. Bukem also compiled the highly acclaimed 'Soulfood' and 'Soul Addiction' compilations and released not one but two 'Producer' series CDs.
Fast-forward to 2007 and after a well earned break from the label and a carefully considered climate change in the music industry - Bukem and his label re-entered the fray with new quality releases including the much anticipated Double A sided 12" featuring 'Switch' by LTJ Bukem and the mighty 'Drum Toolz' by MC Conrad and Furney on the flip – Released November '07 on goodlooking.
Bukem and his label are back on their mission, 2013 will see many new projects and a few familiar concepts updated for this new era of audio / visual consumption Such as the new mix series Bukem In Session and Mellow Yellow
Watch this space...
All the while LTJ Bukem will continue to spread the gospel of the goodlooking sound - setting the main stages of the world alight with his stunning DJ sets.
"It's all a matter of opinion!"
Submorphics ft. Christina Tamayo
Submorphics ft. Christina Tamayo
Submorphics (Greg Axelrad) creates deep ocular future funk, with parts retro soul, Detroit/Chicago synthetics, jazz, film soundtracks and indie vibes infusing his harmonies.

Beginning on the humble local scenes of Detroit and Chicago, Submorphics has since DJ’ed in over 40 cities, headlining major gigs at Fabric in London, and across Europe and North America. While he is on the decks, Submorphics sonically alloys disparate styles; the grimy and the smooth, the hypnotic and the astonishing.

In the past five years his fluid musicality has been embraced by DJs Fabio and Friction, with tunes like “Miles Ahead”, “Step in the Spot ft. Selfsays”, "Summer Soul," "Higher Ground ft. T.R.A.C," "Burning Love" and many more receiving heavy play on BBC Radio One and clubs internationally.

Celebrated primarily for his soulful drum and bass sounds, Submorphics has diversified his repertoire, publishing a plethora of emotive bass music in the 110-140 range. The eclectic musician has also taken on the role of producer for vocalists Armanni Reign and Christina Tamayo.

Submorphics exploded into 2012, as Hospital Records released the massive Camo + Krooked- Change Me (Submorphics Remix) on the Between the Lines Remix CD (NHS206). Subsequently, releases on Drum & Bass Arena and Rubik Records added to his impressive discography.

In 2013, Submorphics stepped it up, with high-profile releases on Innerground and Good Looking Records igniting the DnB world. "Summer Soul," on Innerground became a scene anthem, with heavy play from DJs across the musical spectrum. It was released on Innerground b/w the mighty Calibre's remix of Marky & S.P.Y's seminal "Yellow Shoes." Following this was the smooth and uplifting gem "Hazel Street" on Innerground's 'Future Classics' EP. On the very same day, LTJ Bukem released Submorphics' "Cosmic Blue" on vinyl on Good Looking Records. As if this wasn't enough, 2013 saw the release of Calibre's remix of Submorphics- "Organ Grinder," also "Forgotten Dreams" on Good Looking Records' 'Collectivism LP', and the harder-edged soul tunes "Hurt so Bad" and "Burning Love" on Liquid V.

May 2014 sees the release of the highly-anticipated "Burnside Park" EP on Liquid V, which has been absolutely hammered on Radio 1. Following that, Submorphics sees a string of releases on DJ Friction's legendary Shogun Audio imprint. Stay tuned for much more from this landmark stateside producer...

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Christina Tamayo (Shogun Audio/Liquid V/Good Looking/SMOG--Chicago)
Emerging from Chicago's southside comes Christina Tamayo, an airy songstress focusing on deep and thought-provoking melodies and lyrics. Raised on the R&B hits and prominent sounds of Chicago house in the 90s, she later found her niche in the soulful realms of electronic music. Early releases on WESTBAY and SMOG cemented her image as an internationally-acclaimed vocal star. 2013-2014 sees 3 massive D&B releases from Tamayo collaborating with Submorphics: "Forgotten Dreams" on LTJ Bukem's timeless GOOD LOOKING RECORDS, "Fwd Blvd" on Bryan Gee's legendary LIQUID V, and "Rosewood" on DJ Friction's inimitable SHOGUN AUDIO. With such massive labels behind her, it seems that Tamayo's time has arrived! Expect her to light up the dance-floor whether she is on the microphone or behind the decks!
Hosted by MC T.R.A.C.
Hosted by MC T.R.A.C.
Brooklyn-born and raised, T.R.A.C. is a talented MC/vocalist and a staple in the NYC underground nightlife. T.R.A.C. been consistently rocking shows around the city and around the country. As an MC he surely knows how to rock a crowd, as a lyricist he can surely put words together in a fashion, but it's the
The art of making music where T.R.A.C. also excels. His travels have led him to make good music with legendary and pioneering artists. Walking the lines between Hip Hop and Drum & Bass in particular has been exciting for the vocalist. The many years and experience have only pushed him to higher grounds and the future looks brighter in every moment.
Many years in the jungle scene have raised him into a top-tier MC, and he has worked with the likes of highly respected Drum & Bass DJs LTj Bukem, Goldie, Roni Size, Bryan Gee, Ray Keith, the Upbeats, and Randall.
T.R.A.C.’s Hip Hop efforts have been considered bluesy and melodic with classic sounding and a touch of jazzy overtones. In 2011, he made his debut solo album on BBE Records titled “The Network.” Fully produced by Marc Mac of the legendary 4hero crew, the album garnered great reviews including a 6- star rating in OE4 magazine (October 2011). He has since put out a few more projects and features from the critically acclaimed Visioneers Hipology, to his recent Omniverse Records This Is That EP.
UK’s Lewis Parker has also worked with T.R.A.C. on many projects, from the 2007 Boosey and Hawks compilation “Lewis Parker's Home Grown Hip Hop” to his recent 2013 critically acclaimed The Glass Ceiling.
Since ‘97, T.R.A.C. has also been a part of the Drum & Bass scene, putting out his first single on the famous Liquid Sky imprint called Next Level $hit. The production on the tune was Hip Hop fused with Drum & Bass and was instantly a classic in the underground scene.
Within recent times, T.R.A.C. has dropped singles with Jazzsticks/Goodlooking artist Paul Sg. In September of 2013, they released “Strive” which reached as high as top 3 on the Juno singles charts. This led to being featured and hosting on Liquid V’s Club Sessions compilation (Vol.5). T.R.A.C. Teamed up with Paul Sg once again on Let Me Show, a soulful liquid song fueled by T.R.A.C.'s uplifting lyrics and La Meduza’s sultry voice. Both songs are currently respected and spun by locals and DJs abroad.
Teaming up with Submorphics for his Burnside Park Ep the recent “Higher Ground” single has risen the heights even more for the MC. The song was reviewed and rated 9.5 in DJ magazine (june2014) and supported by the DnB community heavily including Radio 1.
As momentum keeps building, be sure to check his music and catch him in action. Whether Hip Hop or Drum & Bass, T.R.A.C. has proven himself to be a true talent and like a fire, there seems to be more and more catching on to him.
Indeed!