Homegrown x Sounds of Soul uk @ The Borough Collective, Edinburgh [22 July]

Homegrown x Sounds of Soul uk

23:00 - 03:00

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The Borough Collective
36 Blair Street Edinburgh, United Kingdom, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Homegrown x Sounds Ofsouluk

Simmone Black:
Simmone has a high profile within the Scottish DJ scene and is well known for delivering a mixed bag of all things soul-fuelled. Her passion for black music has kept her true to her roots and has been found playing records at events such as Suite Soul, Vocal Booth Weekender, SUNcéBeat, Sounds Of Soul (UK), SSW Weekender, Ultragroove and T in the Park. She is also one fifth of Ladies On Rotation LOR and has played on the same line up as legends such as Gwen McCrea, John Morales, TODD TERRY, Al Kent, DJ Rahaan, Bob Jeffries, Terry Jones, Kerri Chandlerr & Casio Ware! Comfortable in every setting, be it a bar or club environment, she can satisfy the most discerning of ears with a fusion of old skool to modern soul, disco and boogie and when required, up the tempo to fill the dance floor with soul drenched U.S. Garage A.K.A quality vocal House Music.

Babs Olu-Flow:
Born of Nigerian parents in South London, and exposed to various elements of predominantly black music across the genres of 2 Step Rare Groove, Soul, Funk, Disco, Boogie, House, Jazz, RnB, Rap, Reggae, Ragga, UK House/Garage, and Jungle you wouldn't be wrong in concluding that Babs Flow's music tastes, as well as his DJ sets, are varied and somewhat eclectic but will always be an experience in quality music.

Collecting Vinyl seriously since the early 80s, and DJ-ing and also hosting as an MC at private parties/bars/club nights since the early 90s, Babs Flow is a veteran raver still standing post 15 SPWs, 10yrs on the London Clubbing Scene Circuit, over a decade DJing on the Scottish Bar/Club Scene Circuit across both Dance Music and Urban scenes, a revelation that his genuine love for music conquers all and circumvents any barriers.

Locally in his adopted hometown of Edinburgh, Babs Flow has featured as a DJ alongside Craig Smith(6th Borough) @ Heavy Gossip + Think Twice Cab Vol, DJ Lil Stevie(Solar Radio, SPW)@ Soul Kitchen, Lel Palfreyy @SoulCity/(Edinburgh Rocks), guest DJ @ Tokyo Blu, alongside Ross Hutchison, Ricky SoulRenegade Reid @ Sounds of Soul, b2b with David Craig(SPW)@ his guest appearance at Sugarhill, guest @ Mondo Loco. As an MC/Host he had a 4yr residency at DIGGITY @Establishment, and guest hosted MTV breakout / Sean Paul after party prompting Missy Elliott to perform an exclusive unreleased track, guest hosted/DJ'd a number of Ladies on Rotation/Sounds of Soul Club nites, Harry Bennett's Edinburgh Boat parties to name a few. Babs Flow also collaborated via I-Boogie with Sounds of Soul to bring John Morales M+M to Edinburgh for the first time.

Over in Glasgow he is a resident MC/DJ at Scotland's longest running dedicated old skool nite Groove Theory. He's also had a Dj-ing residency City Cafe Edinburgh, Rick's Bar and currently juggles between a monthly residencies at the Newsroom, Edinburgh, Bar Soba (Edinburgh), 99 Hanover Street (resident DJ on rotation @ SugarHill Edinburgh ~ 99 Edinburgh.

Dope Disco:
DJ Shaun Samuel
Being spoon-fed soul from an early age, gave him the perfect grounding and upbringing into glorifying the celebrated golden years of soul, funk, rare groove, boogie and of course Disco but also providing the necessary platform to harness the musical palate needed to transcend those feelings into modern electronic beats.
From first hearing a Sade cassette in the back of his dad’s red Ford Cortina, the journey began...having 3 older brothers and sisters in the 80’s like most kid’s Shaun grew up to the sounds of Earth, Wind & Fire, Alexander O’Neal, Anita Baker, Loose Ends & Luther Vandross and all of the other artists that formed such a solid basis to his musical tastes today, that were part of the important 80’s soul revolution that you hear has influenced Shaun, in the music he makes and plays.
During the 80’s and 90’s Shaun was exposed to a variety of soulful sounds from early Hip Hop to New Jack Swing, picking up the vinyl bug from the age of and building a collection of 7” records which paved the way into the junkie like obsession which naturally was born!
Shaun had his first introduction to House music from the hot bed of 90’s clubbing institutions in the North West of England, taking in his first house sounds from the travelling American’s that hit clubs like Back 2 Basics, Up Your Ronson, Hard Times, Cream, Love 2 Be, Tall Tree’s, De Ja Vu, being schooled technically and musically by the likes of Frankie Knuckles, Louie Vega, Kenny Dope, Roger Sanchez, DJ Sneak, Doc Martin, but it was his first trip to the world famous club Hacienda in Manchester on new years eve 1995 when Tom Wainright, Graeme Park and Todd Terry took him of a musical journey that would shape the rest of Shaun’s carer.
After gaining the “bug” and with several bookings in Leeds, Shaun moved back to down south and continued his dj dream by starting to play in London at various venues and legendary nightclubs, but it was when he made a move to southern Spain where he really started to gain a reputation as a versatile multi genre spinner with a favour for sounds with soul. Playing among his hero’s as a warm up dj at olivia valere puerto banus and dreamers/cavalli club.
He then took his musical influences to Prague in Czech Republic, where he became a regular on the local circuit and successfully ran, in partnership with Zoo Management a series of Soul Heaven parties in the city bringing soulful house to the Czech Republic for the very first time.
Gaining invaluable experience when touring with a 3-piece Jazz Band all over central Europe, and it was then that Shaun really explored his musical spirit by unravelling deep rooted emotions through genres that have shaped Shaun’s DJ sets today, building blocks from Funk, Soul, Rare Groove, Latin and Afro that really for the kaleidoscope of sounds that you experience through Shaun’s productions, edits & remixes and of course you hear all of the se elements in his LIVE performances.
Moving back to the UK to take a position within the management team at Pacha UK, working and learning the entertainment industry first hand, at The Cross, Canvas (Bagleys) & The Key and then at Pacha London, this gave Shaun an insight to the other side of the business. After successfully promoting several soulful events events at the venue, it was then then that Shaun came up with the master plan to launch the infamous Beat Players at East Village in london’s Shoreditch. This event ran for 4 years and with an impressive list of guests, from Terry Hunter, Dj Spen, Karizma, Joey Negro, Atjazz, Souldynamic, Ashley Beedle, Paul Trouble Anderson, Dr Bob Jones and many many more.
Following the closure of East Village, this led onto Shaun launching DOPE DISCO, a brand that glorifies and celebrates all music before House Music came along, launching with Danny Krivit at the Jazz Café and followed by DJ Spinna, Phil Asher, Craig Smith, Zaf Love Vinyl, Natasha Kitty Katt Probert & Al Kent all providing a disco influenced sound scape that his given the brand a unique reputation that is unrivalled by any other Disco event in the city.
Shaun is also a regular at the Vocal Booth Weekender in Spain and has featured as one of the stand out names at the pool parties, he also continues his production work, with several pending releases and a Vinyl Only re-edit series out in 2016 on DOPE DISCO records.
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