A Guy Called Gerald, Kat Richmond, Samantha Blackburn, Future Unit
Electronic 17 presents:
A Guy Called Gerald
Kat Richmond (Electronic 17)
Samantha Blackburn (Buntu)
Future Unit (Ramrock Records)
An iconic name in dance music, A Guy Called Gerald stands out for consistent innovation, excellence and refusal to compromise. A Guy Called Gerald kick-started Europe’s acid house movement with his ’88 classic ‘Voodoo Ray’ and 'Pacific State' (as a founding member of 808 State) and went on to lay down the blueprint for jungle/drum n bass. Eleven albums and 30 years of independence later, he continues to push the boundaries of electronic dance music touring worldwide bringing his "true school" flavour to a world overloaded with pop pap.
Although his remixes are relatively enviable including the likes of David Bowie, Cabaret Voltaire, Black Uhuru, Finley Quaye, Lamb, Tricky and The Stone Roses, it is Gerald’s own productions and refusal to plough anyone’s furrow but his own which has marked him out. A Guy Called Gerald is responsible for the birth of British dance music as you know it today and continues to explore what is possible both in the studio and in the club with his "Live in Session" performances. “
Kat Richmond is an electronic music producer and DJ based in east London. She is resident of Buntu, one half of Arsenic Mines, the founder of Electronic 17, and director of the Stow Festival. Kat plays a combination of minimal house and techno, often with influences of classical, jazz and world music but with a psychedelic twist.
She is one half of Arsenic Mines with Andy Green, an electronic instrumental duo, using Ableton Live and violins to perform house and techno.
She is the founder of Electronic 17, a community of DJs, producers and live electronic artists in Walthamstow, and organises events and parties at different venues in the area throughout the year showcasing local talent. Special guests have included Dave Congreve (Soma Records), Ashley Beedle (Xpress2 / Black Science Orchestra), Waterson (Back To The World), Leif (Freerotation Festival / UntilMyHeartStops) Mercury Music Prize winner Talvin Singh to name a few.
She is the resident of Buntu, Samantha Blackburn's party in London, with parties at Sedition and Egg London last year, and has played at the Ministry of Sound for Deep Love, the new party run by ex We Love Space resident Daisy Heartbreaker.
Kat is one of the Directors of the Stow Festival, an annual multi genre music festival in Waltham Forest, London, and manages the Glittering Plains dance area at the Barbican’s Walthamstow Garden Party.
Samantha emanates passion and emotion when she is behind the decks and expresses herself in a way that captivates her followers. She radiates warmth into her audience and creates a memorable vibe with her excellent track selection. This has recently been recognised on the circuit and Samantha has been labelled one to “keep an eye on” by international DJ magazine Mixmag.
South African born Samantha Blackburn has in 9 years established herself as one of London’s best female talents to emerge onto the scene. She is currently a hot name amongst her London counterparts and has been securing gigs at some of the capital’s coolest parties. Samantha has played alongside the likes of Slam, Josh Wink, Talvin Singh, Anja Schneider, Mr C, Catz N Dogz, Robert Babicz, DJ T, Ray Okpara, Todd Terry, Just Her to name a few!
In 2012 her DJing talent has reached an international level which took her across the seas to the Philippines, South Africa's Truth Nightclub and Origin Nightclub in Durban. Samantha established the brand and record label Buntu in 2013. Buntu hosts various music production workshops and events in South Africa.
Future Unit is London based composer and producer Remy Felix Vas. Previous vinyl-only releases on the Pornwax and Tuskwax labels in 2016met with critical acclaim. 2017’s single ‘Lazybones’ on Ramrockred included remixes from Iberian edits supremo James Rod and dance legend Ashley Beedle, gained BBC Six music plays from Nemone Metaxas and drew support from the likes of Bill Brewster and Laurent Garnier. Debut album ‘The Drawback’ followed in late 2017.
2018 saw the release of the album ‘Bad Denim’ and the ‘devil worship remix’ of track ‘Sisters of Mercy’ is becoming a bit of disco classic. Good things also await in the form of a remix of ‘All I Listen to’ by Balearic botherers Field of Dreams.