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AKA AKA ROAR, a Brighton-based club night, is marking its debut Southampton party by bringing Levon Vincent along to RoXX. With the help of NO LOGO and Boxed Sound, they have put together a stellar lineup including Pearson Sound (from Hessle Audio) and South London Ordnance (a near-regular at NO LOGO). It’s a compliment to all of Southampton’s promoters and venues that such a well established promotions company from Brighton has decided to run a night in Southampton. The fact that they’re willing to bring a name like Levon Vincent to our shores is a testament to the recent success and growth of Southampton’s scene, and would probably have been unfeasible just 18 months or so ago.
Levon Vincent has been making house music for more than a decade, having spent many years prior to that studying music generally. Haling from New York but now residing in Berlin, Levon Vincent has been hugely revered in house music circles for many years, but his profile has risen dramatically over the last few. His records (many of which are released on his own imprint, Novel Sound) pull the sonic signatures of his adopted home of Berlin and elegantly insert them into the sensual grooves of NY house music. His DJ sets encompass an even broader range of influences, stringing together house music and techno from all over the world. Embedded below is a fairly recent set of his, recorded live from the Berlin division of Boiler Room. As for other essential listening, it’s definitely worth checking out his contribution to the fabric mix CD series from April 2012 as well as his Little White Earbuds podcast from earlier this year.
Supporting Levon Vincent will be Pearson Sound, one part of the trifecta that established the Hessle Audio imprint. The last time Pearson Sound (formerly Ramadanman) played in Southampton was actually at Pop in April 2011, strange as that may seem to some. Since then he has released EPs on Hessle Audio and NonPlus+ Records and collaborated with Joy Orbison and Boddika (see below), as well as self-releasing a couple of white labels (Untitled, Footloose, and REM).
Here’s a fun fact: During Ghostpoet’s gig at The Cellar in May 2012, the music being played before the show and in-between the support acts was Pearson Sound’s FABRICLIVE 56 mixtape. Go take a listen, it’s probably a bit out of date in terms of what he’ll be playing on the night, but it’s definitely still fantastic and even features a Levon Vincent track.
Update: Pearson Sound has just released an exquisite podcast for Resident Adviser, RA.361.
The third headliner billed on this impressive lineup is South London Ordnance. Anyone who danced to SLO’s sets at either of his two NO LOGO appearances will firstly know that he knows how to win over a crowd and secondly that he has a record collection that will both compliment and provide contrast to Levon Vincent’s set. Having recently released an EP through Hotflush Recordings (probably his highest profile release to date), SLO is tipped for big things in the world of dance music.