English cult label Night Slugs (NS) began its conception as a popular club night in South London spawned from the minds of James Connolly, or L-Vis 1990, and Alex Sushon, who goes by the moniker of Bok Bok. The club music that they played was obviously a sound that deviated from the London scene at large, which at the time was very genre-centric whereas Night Slugs tinkered with everything the UK had to offer (and beyond!). After two years of moulding their own scene, they graduated from the clubs to a record label that would be the home for the likes of Jam City, Egyptrixx, Girl Unit, and many more.
The Night Slugs label and crew have a cohesively strong sonic and visual identity that compound into the neon, futuristic alternate reality of the post-internet digital world, arguably the one identifying factor of the label – with Bok Bok even relating the two dynamics as a form of synaesthesia. If you’re looking to name Night Slugs’ sound; it cannot be categorised definitively. Don’t even try to ask Bok Bok himself as he’d coyly divert the question and extend an invitation to listeners to come see the NS crew play. But generally, it’s club music that encompasses anything from grime to ghetto house to dubstep – call it “post-grime.”
Among their current roster, Bok Bok is still very much the highlight, with his own EP, Your Charizmatic Self, being the go-to gateway record for NS newbies. No surprise as it demonstrated his production abilities, fusing seamlessly unexpected breaks within his inventive electronic soundscape. A visionary such as himself is undoubtedly a perfect candidate to be placed on the Red Bull Music Academy lecture pedestal where we — if you were able to obtain an invite — can take a glimpse inside his mind. And after, head on to the afterparty, which will see our very own Night Slugs fanboy, Moslem Priest, opening for the man.
Date Saturday 26 September ’15
Time 8.30pm (lecture) / 10.30pm (club night)
Venue Apex (lecture) & Ace (club night), Zouk KL
Cover Invite only (lecture) / RM35 (club night)