LAZERPOP:, L-Vis 1990

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As L-Vis 1990, James Connolly has been releasing a singular brand of club music free of rules and genres since dropping his eponymous debut EP in 2008. Yes, we understand if you're sceptical"everyone claims to be a rule-breaker these days. But try putting into words the music on his and Bok Bok's inimitable Night Slugs label or any of his tracks and remixes over the past few years and it should quickly become apparent that L-Vis 1990 has been doing things just a little bit differently.

James grew up in Brighton, UK, where during his teenage years he began to DJ, produce and promote club nights. He co-founded the Fallout night, while picking up gigs across the city and experimenting with music production software. The booking of NYC producer Drop The Lime for another of his club nights, So Loud!, would prove to be an epiphanic moment, in that it reconnected James with a love for bass music, inspiring him to write his standout first release, the L-Vis 1990 EP.

As though setting in motion a domino effect, the track "Change The Game" from that release piqued the interest of Alex Sushon, AKA Bok Bok, who got in contact with James, thus beginning an enduring creative relationship that would indeed change the game. James relocated to London soon after, although the pair quickly concluded that the city's music scene was, to quote Alex, "shit and we weren't feeling it." The by-product of their vexation was Night Slugs. The first party went down in March 2008 at Camberwell's Redstar, and went on to take up primary residence at East Village (among many other raves at one-off venues) with guests like Oneman, Lil Silva, Geeneus, Christian Martin, Roska and Kode9 feeding into the night's freewheeling attitude.

As Night Slugs began to properly establish itself, as did James as a producer. In 2009 Compass / Zahonda for Sound Pellegrino and the colossal United Groove for Mad Decent were supplemented by a slew of remixes for artists like Laidback Luke & Diplo, Riton & Primary 1 and Gucci Vump. Acting as a precursor for all that was to come the following year, James and Alex also dropped The Night Slugs EP through Glasgow imprint Dress 2 Sweat, introducing Alex's now famed style of artwork and their common interest in eschewing any sort of formulas.

The energy and creativity surrounding the Night Slugs party had reached critical mass by the end of that year: at the start of 2010 the Night Slugs label was launched via Mosca's Square One. By the time James had made his full NS debut with the anthemic Forever You in August, the imprint had put-out peerless music from Girl Unit, Egyptrixx, Lil Silva and Jam City, and was already being spoken of in terms of 'label of the year'. A tumultuous first year was encapsulated on Night Slugs Allstars Volume One, while James and the extended NS family had successfully cultivated a vibe and an outlook that was entirely sui genius.

This considerable momentum spilled over into 2011"killer releases from Kingdom, Bok Bok, Pearson Sound and Jam City made sure of that. In the studio, meanwhile, James had begun to further explore the groove-based exploits outlined on "Forever You" and his remix of Gucci Vump, via re-rubs of Cassius and Round Table Knights. In fact, the real result of these endeavours could be thought of as a lifetime in the making as James released his debut album, Neon Dreams, through PMR Records. Using exclusively hardware (Roland's 707 drum machine features on every track), James has crafted a deeply personal record that, through the voices of Javeon McCarthy and Samantha Lim, conveys the story of a year in his life. Neon Dreams brings 15 years' worth of musical influences to bear, while shifting into focus the love of classic house music that has transcended all of James's output to date.

Never one to let the dust settle 2012 see's James dive further into the House music whirlpool, with an anthemic remix for dance legends Orbital and his first release for NIght Slugs since 2010's 'Forever You'. Club Constructions Vol.1 is part of a a new series of releases that will operate alongside Night Slugs' main EPs and white label series, a home for their most direct productions, aimed straight for the dancefloor. With CC Vol.1 James draws on classic Dance Mania and Underground Construction vibes to deliver 5 tape-saturated, strictly-analog slices of modern-day ghetto hard house that have been supported by DJ's across the world of house and techno. 2012 looks set to be the year that James and Night Slugs reaffirm their place at the forefront of progressive club music.

Lil Silva’s current production output and live credentials seem a far cry from the Bedford-based, makeshift studio from which he exploded in 2008. Although club shows have got bigger and original/collaborative releases have got better, Lil Silva’s musical influence and focus still remains: an unabashed amalgamation of the minimal machine funk of Chicago’s Trax label, the aggression of early grime, a tropical resonance with soca, a semblance with the rugged darkness of modern techno and the sonic invention of The Neptunes.

It was the Seasons and Funky Flex white label that first catapulted the then 18 year-old producer to the forefront of the UK underground. Lil Silva’s echoed bongo hits, brazen grime synths and hard-to-imitate marching momentum had every goon in the room on their feet. His building following quickly picked up the limited 12” Pulse X/Funky Flex blend and by 2010, the formative London imprint Night Slugs were hooked on Silva’s sound, commissioning the storming ‘Night Skanker EP’.

The summer of 2011 saw Lil Silva’s success soar, his skillfully choice releases allowing him to break free from the UK funky/bass microcosms and gain recognition on a wider scale. After setting the tone for the then fledgling Good Years imprint with the ‘Patience’ release, the incessant clacks and irresistible vocal twisting on EP track ‘Cheese & Bun’ became the go-to summer selection, with Outlook Festival and Carnival goers naming Silva’s shows the sets of the season.

Collaborating on the dreamy ‘On Your Own’ track with friend and peer, Sampha, has steered Lil Silva onto an array of high profile remix work for the likes of SBTRKT, AlunaGeorge and Lana Del Rey. With what seems like an inherent ability for more composition focused music making, 2013 will see the ex-bedroom producer turn his hand to songwriting. Working on original material with help from Sampha, Jamie Woon and Twigs to name but a few, Lil Silva will take his melody-writing talent into the club context and beyond.

Slava (DJ Set)

Slava is a musician and visual artist currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. Born in Moscow, he has spent a significant number of years in Chicago where he co-founded Moment Sound Recordings and played an active role in the city’s electronic music community. He has been performing live since 2003 (usually using nothing more than a few Korg Electribes) and has shared the bill with Convextion, Traxx, Robert Armani among many others. His music has been released on Future Times and Software Recordings and has been featured on Mathematics Recordings and !K7 compilations. Slava’s visual work explores the convergence of real and virtual space through augmented reality iPhone apps, web-based platforms, physical installations and is becoming an integral part of live shows.


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