Review // Bristol’s all female label Saffron Records celebrate their 2nd birthday with China Bowls, Kudu Blue & more

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45-minute drum and bass mix from Fokuz Recordings ahead of their Bristol takeover this June

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Find one of these hidden letters around Bristol today to win tickets to The Downs

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DJ Mag’s Best of British Awards took place at EGG London last night and Bristol headed in strong, with at least one nomination in every category. The results are in and, as always, Bristol proved it can punch well above its weight in the industry. Alfresco Disco scooped Best Club Event. Launching in 2005, the …

NASS is the first (near) Bristol summer festival to lift the lid on their lineup, announcing their Friday and Saturday night headliners, plus a generous handful of other major hitters set to play across the four-day festival at Royal Bath & West Showground next July.  UK rap giant Giggs takes Friday’s headline slot, with relentlessly …

Bristol-based vocalist Chiyaka dropped her stunning Descend EP this summer. The six-track EP creates a unique depth of space with floating ballads that Chikaya calls ‘cosmic trap’. It’s been receiving love from Bristol and beyond, with instagram support from Tricky and getting the top spot on Jamz Supernova’s Top 5 EPs on Radio 1Xtra. Working …

Bristol-based blues-loving rock n rollers True Strays are closing a 14-date UK tour in celebration of their latest single Lay Down Let Go this weekend, with a live launch party at Mothers’ Ruin. Nitelife is delighted to premier the new single ahead of official release tomorrow. Though True Strays’ influences range from Muddy Waters to Queens …

Leeds-based producer Ryan Wild AKA J.Sparrow (formerly Jack Sparrow) creates deeply atmospheric dubstep with intelligent forays across the spectrum of sound system music, from techno to reggae. He’s also one half of jazz-inflected dubstep project Author, with Submotion’s Orchestra’s Dom Howard AKA Ruckspin. J.Sparrow’s excellent debut album Circadian, released on Pinch’s Tectonic in 2010, gave …

‘You don’t want the truth, then why you ask me?’ rasps 360-degree artist Kojey Radical’s If Only, the first single release since his incredible 2017 album In God’s Body. With an astonishing gift for music, poetry, visual arts and fashion, the unsigned, MOBO-nominated artist is one of the most exciting talents to enter the British …

Remember when hip hop used to be fun? Well, so do The Allergies. The Bristol duo combine the best of golden era hip hop sounds with a heavy helping of funk to create music that we challenge anyone  not to dance to.  Moneyshot and Rackabeat AKA Roy Spencer and Adam Volson respectively began making music …

Trinity’s in-house residency, workshop and live performance programme IGNiTE kick off their autumn season this Friday. Four powerful shows explore some of today’s most urgent societal issues across politics, race, gender, sexuality and disability. From living with disability on the breadline, to a part-rave part-theatre part-Grace Jones biopic that imagines a different future for people …

IDLES are very vocal about the part Bristol has played in their phenomenal rise to success. On the release of their second, UK number five-charted album Joy As An Act of Resistance, frontman Joe Talbot told Nitelife:  ‘All of the promoters in Bristol were really supportive of us from the start (…) If you’re passionate …

Signing to Hospital Records at the turn of the millennium, South West producer Danny Byrd is one of the most recognised names in drum and bass. Releasing his debut album Supersized in 2008, he’s just dropped his fourth LP on the festishised label, Atomic Funk.    Interestingly, the funkiest song on the album isn’t the …