Address: Running for almost a decade now, Soundwave Festival in Croatia is something of an institution. First Word Records has been part of this since its inception, so we are pleased to be involved once again. To celebrate, we are hosting a special launch party in June in South London, and drafting in some of the First Word crew that will be in attendance at this year’s festival.
KONNY KON (CHILDREN OF ZEUS / NTS)
Live and direct from Manchester will be 50% of Hip Hop Soul duo, Children of Zeus. For those that don’t know, they’ve been shown love far and wide, from Pete Rock to Toddla T to Chase & Status, from Boiler Room to The Source and across BBC Radio. They’ve done shows in the past year with Soul II Soul, Slick Rick, Mos Def, Slum Village, Fatima, The Pharcyde and De La Soul. As well as being a producer and an MC (earning his stripes as part of the Broke N English crew), Konny is an avid collector and selector in his own right, holding down a monthly radio show on NTS in Manchester, in which he displays his unbridled passion for Hip Hop and Soul music.
DJ GILLA (FIRST WORD / EXCURSIONS)
The founder / A&R of First Word Records; releasing music by the likes of Tall Black Guy, Kaidi Tatham, Eric Lau, Darkhouse Family, Myele Manzanza, Ross McHenry, Souleance and tons more. Gilla is a forthright selector in his own right. His ‘Excursions’ nights pack out Bussey Building in South London & Miranda in East London on the regular, and he hosts a monthly show of the same name on Balamii Radio, playing Hip Hop, Soul, Beats, Jazz, Broken and beyond. Prior to establishing First Word, he was the daddy of seminal club-nights such as New Bohemia and Funky Mule in Leeds. Also a long-time resident at Soundwave Festival in Croatia, Gilla’s eclectic sets never disappoint.
BOBAFATT (MAIN SQUEEZE / FIRST WORD)
DJing parties since the early ’90s, BobaFatt’s mixes, radio shows and club sets have seen him awarded acclaim over the years from BBC 1Xtra, Mixcloud and Fact Magazine. In addition to hosting a weekly show on London’s only Hip Hop station, Itch FM, he recently appeared on BBC Radio 6 Music. He’s provided work for Who Sampled, Death Waltz, Solid Steel, Rough Trade, i-D, Dazed & Confused, R&S, The Guardian and DJ Yoda. Also a Soundwave resident, he’s played far and wide, from Glastonbury to Fabric, and his Main Squeeze night, co-run with DJ Mo Fingaz, is approaching it’s tenth year. A long-time vinyl pusher to boot, he is one of the most varied DJs in the game.
This special six hour South London session from three heavyweight selectors should warm you up nicely for what promises to be another classic weekend out by the Dalmation Coast.
Saturday 10th June | 6pm-12am | FREE ENTRY
POP BRIXTON, 49 Brixton Station Road, London SW9 8PQ
FFI: www.soundwavecroatia.com | www.firstwordrecords.com