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The Future Bubblers showcase at The Pickle Factory is fast becoming an annual tradition. It’s a chance to see live shows and DJ sets from a clutch of new artists tipped as ones to watch by 6 Music broadcaster and DJ Gilles Peterson - and in Gilles we TRUST. These nine acts cover all grounds from indie - hip-hop, the thing tying them all together, is that they're good.
Previous years have his picks cover acts like Snowy, a respected Nottingham-based grime MC who’s worked with the likes of Logan Sama; Skinny Pelembe, now signed to Peterson's Brownswood label, whose music is a regular fixture on 6 Music and Radio One; Yazmin Lacey, signed to First Word, recently profiled as part of an Observer feature on the UK’s new jazz scene.
UP THIS YEAR:
Slash Three: A solo producer who found his musical feet in Hull, becoming a key member of the city’s Squarewaves collective. They’re a DIY, open-minded network whose output spans from noise experiments to proper club bangers. For the most part, Slash Three has honed a no-frills house and techno sensibility.
Shunaji: Born in Lagos, raised in Rome and now based in London, Shunaji boasts that most rare, vital quality in an MC: a distinctive, ear-pricking sense of flow. Her influences range from hip-hop to folk and ambient.
Wilroy: Raised in Edmonton, Canada, Wilroy takes RnB as his musical starting point. He’s now based in Liverpool, and cites influences ranging from hip-hop to electronic music and jazz. His music paints grand, maximalist sonics.
Kayla Painter: A solo producer who makes atmospheric, sub-aquatic dance music. She’s influenced by music that, in her words, “is challenging to listen to: walls of sound, electronic wonky beats or unusual production.” She has entranced audiences with her immersive Audio Visual show at the infamous Glastonbury festival, Simple Things, and The Future is Female.
Sydney: Channelling myriad influences into loosely-strung, softly-spoken beats, Sydney is based in the South West of England. He takes rhythmic cues from the likes of highlife legend Bola Johnson, and spends his downtime leafing through disco rarities.
Aaliyah Esprit: A singer who’s versed in soul-jazz legends as much as the hip-hop beatmakers who’ve flipped their records. Her music finds a sweet spot between those two worlds.
NuTribe: NuTribe and Butcha B are a group from Liverpool. Free-spirited improvisation is their way. The music is rooted in classic-sounding hip-hop production and MCing but they make music in a real free way. No rules, no guides, no aims. Whatever flows becomes concrete.
Shredy: Observing the mainstream rap game with a cynical eye, Shredy doesn’t take himself too seriously. Making beats with a MIDI keyboard and his own vocals, his music proffers a woozy, luridly-inviting charm.
Ayy: A rapper and MC who draws inspiration from ‘90s hip-hop and neo-soul. A slow-paced introvert, it’s an attitude that’s reflected in the delivery: the vocals are off hand and effortless, in no rush to make the point.
Presented by Future Bubblers.
This is an 18+ event.