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Bok Bok and L-Vis 1990’s label marks 10 years of dancefloor domination with ‘Night Allstars X’
Pulling together classics and exclusives from Cooly G, Fiedel, Girl Unit, Altered Natives, Uninamise and many more, the set firmly does what the label set out to do; replenish modern dancefloors with what they neeed.
Since kicking off in 2008 as a clubnight working in the space between myriad UK & US forms of grime, garage, house and R&B, it’s fair to say that the way Night Slugs has balanced and recombined those styles has fed into a proper, global bass music institution whose influence is much greater than the sum of its parts.
We fondly remember listening to Bok Bok Ustream's at a time when dubstep had calcified into a bit of a joke and grime was in a muddle, while the prevailing influence of Euro and US techno was just coming out of its squeaky clean ‘minimal’ phase into something ruder after years of decelerating rates of mutation.
Bok Bok’s mixes somehow navigated these currents with remarkable vision and precision, clashing all sides of the Black Atlantic in a mutant manner that avoided the pitfalls of ‘Fidget’ and, like a few other DJs and clubnights in London, Glasgow, Bristol, Leeds and Manchester, managed to recombine styles and patterns in a way that heavily tilted the following decade of music to the point we’re at now.
On Night Slugs Allstars X, Bok Bok and L-Vis maintain their taste for dance music with 14 aces from label fam old and new, tending to their OG roots in UKF thru diamonds from Cooly G, Lil Silva and Altered Natives, while looking to the US with cold Flex Dance Music from Uninamise and Helix’s redlining trap bite HMU Joe, while DJ J Heat and Neana do it transatlantic on the hyper Jersey scud of Love, and unusually but brilliantly enough, Fiedel of MMM makes a unexpected appearance with his signature Berghain girder, Door To Manual.
Big up Night Slugs! Here’s to another 10 years of Grade A bangers.