Nov 25th – Ramp Recordings @ The Lightbox, London


Early heads-up for those in/around London: on November 25th, Ramp Recordings will be hosting their first official event at the Lightbox in Vauxhall, London. As you know we don’t usually do too many event related news round these parts, but suffice to say that if you can make one party this month in London, or possibly even this winter, I highly recommend it’s this one. Nevermind it’s midweek, these guys have laid on a serious line up that reflects the label’s amazing year.

Started around 4 years ago, Ramp Recordings have been working at it slowly over the years, releasing music from a variety of artists, most notably Count Bass D, Kan Kick and Georgia Anne Muldrow, but 2009 has really seen the label hit a more than respectable cruising altitude with an output that as so far, for me, made them one of the labels of the year by a long mile. By combining quality control, diversity and art they’ve achieved what a lot of labels wish for, and still managed to keep their integrity and a low-key profile, though hopefully that last one might change as people realise what they’ve been missing. To give you an idea, in 2009 the label has released music from Flying Lotus & Declaime, Shortstuff, Ras G, FaltyDL, Zomby, Slugabed and a collaborative compilation with Flogsta Dancehall showcasing Skweee music. And there’s a lot more in the pipeline.

Back to the point, Ramp are having their first party in London this month and for the occasion they’ve brought in some special guests all the way from L.A. alongside some of their own artists. Full details are below and stay tuned for a freebie from TOKiMONSTA, one of the L.A. artists that will be playing at the gig, to celebrate this fine event and her forthcoming release on the label. From the email we received this morning:

It’s been a long time coming, and with a roster that most other labels would pawn their offices for, RAMP Recordings are set to hold their first official event at the Lightbox in Vauxhall, London. Championed nearly weekly by Mary Anne Hobbs, and heavily backed by Gilles Peterson, L.A. resident and newly signed Tokimonsta makes the flight all the way from L.A. for an exclusive London show. Recently accepted to the RBMA 2010 in London, back home Toki rolls with Flying Lotus and fellow RAMP label mate Ras G, and is readying her “Cosmic Intoxication” EP, which is set to drop soon. Next to step up, and with a debut live PA show no less, is SBTRKT & Sampha, performing amongst other future garage joints, the highly anticipated RAMP single ”Break Off”, currently being battered by Annie Mac & Sinden, and highly tipped for huge success next year. Joining Toki from the planet’s current hot bed of talent that is L.A., P.U.D.G.E follows his astounding session for Mary Anne Hobbs with his European debut show, dropping knowledge from his upcoming “Idiot Box” LP. The RAMP contingent is in full effect, with funky/garage monkey Shortstuff, A.D.H.D. riddled problem child Slugabed, and the big boss man, Tom@RAMP, a.k.a. The White Suge Knight, firing bullets from behind the decks.

So all that’s left to say is get your tickets in and mark the date in your diaries. You can find more details on the Facebook event page, as for tickets I haven’t got any link information at hand unfortunately but will update soon as I do. Or keep an eye on their myspace.

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