Public Works & Deep Blue Present:
Leftroom Showcase with Laura Jones & Matt Tolfrey
Rooz (Deep Blue), Bo (Deep Blue/Disco Knights)
161 Erie Street
San Francisco, CA, 94103
Doors 9:30 PM (event ends at 3:30 AM)
This event is 21 and over
Laura Jones (Leftroom / Visionquest)
Every once in a while on this scene of ours, the stars align and a new name spins out across the cosmos. In 2012 that name is Laura Jones.
A protégé under the Visionquest banner and nurtured under the wings of Leftroom, Laura exploded into the public consciousness in 2011 with her deep and intrinsically melodic vision of house. Her ‘Live A Little’ track was included on the ‘Visionquest Spring’ sampler, and her breakthrough single ‘Love In Me’ stormed the Beatport chart and held the no.1 spot for several consecutive weeks – the second time courtesy of stellar remixes from Maceo Plex, Kate Simko and Eats Everything.
With both her music and DJ sets now resonating across dancefloors worldwide, Laura has laid the groundwork for another year in the limelight. Highlights of the year, so far, include her breakthrough DJ set at Ibiza’s Circoloco Opening Party in May where, returning to the club which first planted the seed of a career in dance music, her energetic and hugely well received set - to a packed main room – saw her instantly rebooked for another set in July. Another dream ticked off. Further highlights of the 2012 tour calendar are a return to club hotspots Fabric, a debut at Riccione’s Cocorico, a debut tour of Latin America (including D-Edge and Warung) and festival performances at SW4, Mysteryland, Decibel and Piknic Electronik.
With a touring schedule which would be the envy of even the most seasoned act, studio time is increasingly hard to find, yet the in-demand producer has a star-spangled release schedule this year, including remixing Hollis P Monroe’s classic ‘I’m Lonely’ on Noir Music, an original releases in the form of ‘Inner Place’ on Crosstown Rebels and a planned follow up EP on Visionquest, unarguably one of the most anticipated Jones releases yet.
A first foray in to the world of mix compilations sees one of the UK’s most exciting acts team up once again with one of its most exciting labels. Scheduled for release in June ‘Leftroom presents Laura Jones’ is a snapshot of the music – past and present, along with some exclusive cuts, which is currently moving her today. Expect a journey as equally exhilarating as her own so far, and one which moves faster with every day that passes.
Matt Tolfrey (Leftroom / Rekids)
From the Sunday morning warehouse to the Friday night super club, Matt Tolfrey is the perpetual young turk of London’s relentless techno carnival.
Leftroom label boss and acclaimed DJ/producer, Tolfrey knows a thing or two about crafting a musical world that is experimental yet playful, underground yet shot through with glitter and glamour, boundary-pushing yet unpretentious. His DJ sets acknowledge the trends without becoming a slave to them. His production references the history of electronica but adds a resolutely contemporary edge.
World-wise international DJ, cross continent party planner, and all-round infectious personality, Tolfrey is summed up best by Seth Troxler as, ‘Matt Tolfrey, the last great British DJ’.
Now a mainstay of Resident Advisor’s top 100 DJs poll, in recent years Tolfrey’s career has exploded. 2012 alone saw his debut Essential Mix live from Sankeys Ibiza for Radio One, as well as a hugely successful residency at that same infamous hotspot, a ten-year anniversary at Fabric, shows as far as Japan and Peru, as well as appearances at Seattle’s Decibel and Piknic Electronik in Montreal. Not to mention that his album Word Of Mouth dropped in November 2012 with nothing less than 8/10 in all publications online or print. Or that Leftroom Presents, his monthly show on London’s Rinse FM, has been key in delivering a subtler, sexier sound to the UK scene. In the coming year the Tolfrey empire reaches even further: a new residency with New York’s Verboten, a coveted place on the Beatport Stage at Movement, forthcoming music on Cocoon with Inxec, as well as remixes on MURK Records, and collaborations with Eats Everything, Jozif, and more.
The force behind the Leftroom collective (featuring the likes of Laura Jones, Jay Haze, Gavin Herlihy, Kate Simko, Craig Richards, and Simon Baker), Tolfrey is a truly rare thing: a man with the vision and ability to orchestrate a spirit of collaboration between dance music’s hottest tastemakers, without in the process sacrificing his own unique sound. In Tolfrey’s production the soul and sophistication of London deep house meets the Chicago naughtiness of the classic Derrick Carter bump. All gentle crooning, high-hats that pat you on the ass, synth lines that slink inside your head and take a nap on your mental furniture, Tolfrey makes music for the thinking man’s rave. But most importantly, whether he’s parading around the beaches of Ibiza in his new floral trunks from Paul Smith, or BBQing with his pals in Detroit, Tolfrey is just a likeable guy, committed to rejecting the sometimes elitist vibe of dance music culture. After his set is done, he’s happiest on the dance floor, making friends and breaking hearts, not tucked away behind the velvet rope.