LTJ Bukem + Lateef w/Lukeino, Mal, Aye-n, Kuze, Retox, Senator

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LTJ Bukem + Lateef w/Lukeino, Mal, Aye-n, Kuze, Retox, Senator

Kuze, BADNB feat. Jamal, Canadub, Lukeino, Aye-n

Fri, October 21, 2011

Doors: 10:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm

Mighty

San Francisco, CA

$17.50 - $20.00

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This event is 21 and over

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LTJ Bukem
LTJ Bukem
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 soundsystems 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 Williamson 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 was, like so many others, through piano lessons as a child. Unlike so many others 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 changed music teachers that he developed his first true musical love. Thanks to a progressively minded teacher called Nigel Crouch - with whom he lost touch but, after a long search, has recently found again - he was introduced to the world of jazz fusion, a style which has informed his work ever since.

In the mid 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 got involved with a sound system. Throughout this time he also had a jazz funk band, although this had 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 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 one and two AM in front of 10,000 people, it was the first true test of the fledgling DJ skills. It may have taken all 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.

Around this time Bukem had also ventured into the studio to record a track which was to become one of the most influential records of the era. Called 'Logical Progression' it 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 Good Looking 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 just to test the reaction before he finally released the track officially in July 91.

'Demon's Theme' caught people's imaginations immediately, its soulful combination of rushing breaks, lush ambience and mellow vibes opening up fresh vistas within the increasingly dark ambience of the rave.
Lateef the Truthspeaker
Lateef the Truthspeaker
Recorded over four months in Oakland, Lateef the Truthspeaker’s FireWire brings together some of the best producers in hip-hop on one album, including Chief Xcel, DJ Shadow, Dan the Automator, Somehow at Sea and Headnodic (Crown City Rockers, Mighty Underdogs). Bay Area stalwarts Lyrics Born, Del and The Grouch turn up as well, giving the album a congenial, familial feel.



FireWire stands as Lateef’s most musically ambitious and diverse project to date; the musical equivalent of hip-hoppers, hipsters, dance heads, R&B lovers and unapologetic pop fans all doing shots at the same party. “We The People” opens with a Kraftwerk-style intro before morphing into a New Wave track that would make Gary Numan proud. “Oakland,” a heartfelt, candid tribute to Lateef’s native city, hits with dirty funk drums, while “Left Alone” fuses Steely Dan-esque ‘70s rock with retro ‘80s drum machines. Then there’s “So Sexy” and “Inside You,” two slow jams dripping with sex that convey clever double meanings while remaining appropriate for intimate, late night listening. Inspired by everyone from Toro Y Moi to Radiohead, it’s as if Lateef found his inner Rakim, Paul Simon, Juan Atkins and R. Kelly simultaneously. "You have to make an album that you like and enjoy performing and that you like to listen to,” says the rapper.



“I wanted a name that encapsulates the organic and digital aspects of the album,” Lateef says of the title. “The album's sonic cohesiveness comes from the marriage of the two sounds. I wanted to showcase both aspects of my versatility in terms of singing and rapping. I'm not D'Angelo or Luther Vandross, but I can definitely carry a tune.”



Throughout FireWire’s confluence of disparate styles, Lateef the Truthspeaker imbues his lyrics with an inspiring message that never relies on the preachy or didactic. Take “We the People,” a ubiquitous American phrase reconfigured for global consumption. “I wanted to write something that was anthemic and unifying,” says Lateef. “Obviously, it's an American phrase, but the idea can be applied worldwide to show the power of unity. There's not much that can stop a unified people.”



“Social consciousness is integral to all my work. It informs my baseline moral values, politics and my attitude toward propaganda. A lot of those values are out of favor and not as popular as they once were but I'm not afraid to tackle more difficult subject matter or stuff other people may not feel comfortable speaking on.” On the DJ Shadow-produced “Say What You Want,” for example, Lateef imagines a revenge tale born out of the real-life shooting of his cousin and the death of the shooter at the hands of another cousin.



Perhaps this mindset towards truth and consciousness was inevitable. The son of two Black Panthers – his mother was a roommate of famed activist Angela Davis – Lateef was part of an anti-apartheid group at the age of 4; the same age he first hopped on a mic. After co-founding legendary hip-hop collective SoleSides (later renamed Quannum Projects) in the early ‘90s, Lateef became an integral component in the Bay Area hip-hop scene, co-founding Latyrx (with Lyrics Born), Lateef and the Chief (with Chief Xcel) and The Mighty Underdogs (with Headnodic and Gift of Gab) and collaborating with everyone from Z-Trip to Fatboy Slim.



In the end, talent, intellect and charisma have allowed Lateef the Truthspeaker to stand on his own two feet; rising past all internal and external challenges. On “Testimony,” a 1970s AM radio track filtered through squelchy synths, the rapper’s reflective, poignant lyrics could double as an overall life mantra. "Somehow I stay smiling/Even with the world swirling with violence/'Cause while no man is an island/I'm still sole proprietor of what's behind my eyelids."
BADNB feat. Jamal, Canadub, Lukeino, Aye-n
Bay Area Drum & Bass will host the backroom with local heroes Jamal, Lukeino, Canadub and Aye-n
Venue Information:
Mighty
119 Utah St
San Francisco, CA, 94103
http://mighty119.com