We’re pumped to be bringing a double-digit cast of Boxed mainstays down for a seriously weighty Boiler Room evening showcase. A dozen-odd residents and regular bookings will be going at it across a rolling 3hr set broadcast from the heart of London, showcasing the absolute finest in cutting-edge instrumental grime. It’s going to be totally wild. Peep the Session page HERE for more info.
In just over a year, Boxed has gone from a party put on for simply practical reasons: because not enough clubs were playing the music that its residents – Slackk, Logos, Mr Mitch and Oil Gang – wanted to hear, to instrumental grime’s key clubnight.
Right place, right time. Throughout music history, combinations of location and circumstance have conspired to forge unlikely flashpoints, birthing radical sounds and scenes and pushing them into wider public consciousness. But even more dramatically localised than the residents of Haught-Ashbury and their acid-soaked Summer Of Love, or three alumni from Belleville High School accidentally programming techno in amongst Detroit’s industrial landscape, the core nexus of grime culture took place in an almost laughably low-key setting: a cramped, dimly-lit parental basement; The Dungeon, aka Jammer’s mum’s cellar.
Lord Of The Mics may have sprung up in an unassuming East London stairwell but its influence far outstrips those modest beginnings, stamping a defining imprint on a major part of British culture in the 2000s. Embryonic strains of grime had existed on pirate radio and in raves like Sidewinder for a number of years prior, and clash culture had been around for decades, imported largely from Jamaican soundsystem culture. Still, Jammer’s homebrewed DVD series brought another dimension to the emergent sound, gifting a visual element that legitimised and massively expanded the appeal of what had previously been tricky to definitively pin down.
The Major Lazer and Red Bull Music Academy party at last year’s Notting Hill Carnival was dangerously vibey. Notting Hill is one the main reasons to be proud of London, but when those guys come together to throw a party a certain magic fills the air. Carnival magic bitches!
This year they’ve stepped up their game just that little bit more, so frankly we’re worried about the health of you guys because we’re going to be streaming it around the globe for those cats unfortunate enough to be unable to see it in person.That means you get to see and hear sets from legends like David Rodigan, Machel Montano and Sean Paul as well as probably hearing what the future sounds like from guys like Hudson Mohawke, Lunice, Mele, Lil Silva and well you can see the flyer. Shit will get crazy, that’s the only thing we can guarantee.
The heroic James Murphy playing some of his favourite records in the Boiler Room. It’s times like these we lose any kind of self control and turn into screaming, adoring fans. Losing your cool is alright sometimes.