Union Transfer

1026 SPRING GARDEN STREET, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19123 Ι 215-232-2100

Nightmares On Wax

Nightmares On Wax

King Britt, Son Little

Sat, July 12, 2014

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Union Transfer

Philadelphia, PA

$17.50 - $19.00

This event is all ages

Nightmares On Wax
Nightmares On Wax
The Nightmares on Wax story is one that spans decades and genres. The moniker of George Evelyn, he stands as Warp Records’ longest serving artist with both celebrating their 25th anniversary in existence this year. To mark this occasion NOW is releasing N.O.W. Is The Time, a 2-disc best of release comprising the greatest hits as well as a special edition box set Deep Down: Remixes & Rarities which also features unreleased material, new and classic remixes, and a book of memorabilia and interviews.

Nightmares on Wax came up in the 80s UK B-Boy and graffiti scene enamored with New York Hip Hop and was an innovator in merging those sounds and feelings with the popular sounds of the UK at that time to pioneer what became dubbed ‘trip-hop’. Releasing classic albums such as Smoker’s Delight and Carboot Soul and working with the likes of De La Soul and Roots Manuva established NOW as one of the definitive purveyors of hip hop, funk, dub and soul.

25 years on his fanbase is still growing. His recent Boiler Room DJ set has over half a million views and after his successful US tour following the release of his most recent record Feelin’ Good, he is about to embark on his largest US tour to date.
King Britt
King Britt
King Britt is a producer, composer, performer and curator of electronic music.

As a producer/composer, he fuses his knowledge of music history from many cultures and genres with electronic compositions, which redefine and re-contextualizes the past into the present. This is best shown in his work for Preservation Hall’s release King Britt presents Sister Gertrude Morgan, which combined, the gospel evangelist’s vocal recordings from 1970 with contemporary composition. This recording went on to penetrate the pop culture divide, by appearing in Michael Mann’s Miami Vice and HBO’s True Blood tv show, who’s soundtrack was nominated for a Grammy. It was this and many other projects from his vast catalog that helped him receive the Pew Fellowship for Composition in 2007.

He has remixed and produced many diverse artists including Miles Davis, Curtis Mayfield, Radiohead, Alison Moyet, Everything But the Girl and Chic, as well as scoring commercials for Rolex and L’oreal Paris.

As a performer, King is best known as one of the top globetrotting dj’s in the world. From cutting his craft as the wax poetic for the Grammy Award winning Digable Planets to traveling solo to different cities and countries, bringing cultures together through his eclectic taste and live improvised dance/experimental sets.

In addition to the dj sets, he brings many projects from studio to the stage environment.

These include, Sylk130 Collective (which sold over 500k copies), Saturn Never Sleeps and The Sister Gertrude Experience, performing in spaces as diverse as The Whitney Museum, The Corcoran Gallery and Winter Garden in the NYC Financial Center. King has graced the stage at festivals well, such as Kernel Festival (Italy), Moogfest (Asheville) , Glastonbury (UK), River to River (NYC), Camp Bisco (upstate NYC) and Voodoo Fest (New Orleans).

As a curator, he has done events for the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, Knitting Factory NYC, The Getty Museum and most recently an entire day at the MoMA PS1, which was a historic gathering around the subject of Afrofuturism.

Recently remixing Merideth Monk, Saul Williams and King Sunny Ade. King continues to be an important force in the shaping of contemporary music.

His new album, The Phoenix, under the guise Fhloston Paradigm, is being released on Hyperdub. He is pushing the boundaries of sound, time and space with his sonic palette of beauty.
Son Little
"Cross My Heart," the debut track from new ANTI- signing Son Little, is a box of bonbons filled with barbed wire. Over a deceptively slinky groove – shades of 70's Marvin Gaye, Leon Ware – the singer croons, phrases emerging from the swelter, "sex and candy," "gonna get me some:" a lover's plea. But the angular blues guitar lick over the top of the track is clue to a deeper, older invocation, as Son Little's lyrics bear witness to two departed friends, and, inspired by Trayvon Martin, offer a meditation on the ease with which black lives are erased – even now, decades beyond the years when that smoky guitar line was invented. Son Little's voice soars like a young Stevie Wonder's as he testifies to his loss, and the "cross my heart" tag line reveals itself not as a lover's plea, but a defiant prayer to remember the lost.
Venue Information:
Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123