Bristol’s Boom Sound is an artist-run label on the brink – if not past it – of huge things. As well as a major push in terms of releases, they’ve also brought us some of our favourite parties and festival takeovers of the year.
They’re currently in the midst of a five-date tour of their biggest show yet, which comes to Bristol’s Trinity Centre this weekend with the full Mungo’s Hi Fi soundsystem and crew, special guest Manudigital, plus the Boom Sound family including Gardna and Kreed, Asbo Disco and more.
They’re currently in the midst of a five-date tour of their biggest show yet, which comes to Bristol’s Trinity Centre this weekend with the full Mungo’s Hi Fi soundsystem and crew
The label is headed up by Bristol MC Luke Gardna, Fat Stash’s Jack Corfield and Asbo Disco’s Adam Crawford, who launched Boom Sound together to create a label that gives artists more control. A few years on, the growing Boom Sound family can be easily pinpointed by their positive vibes, which spill freely into their recordings and live shows.
To give us a flavour of Boom Sound and an idea of what we’ll be winding to this weekend, Jack has put together a 30-minute guestmix that takes us through the label’s specialties: dub, reggae, dancehall and jungle (listen above).
We also grabbed a few words with Luke and Jack about the mix and what else is coming up on Boom Sound…
‘The mix is an insight into the label,’ says Jack. ‘A mixed bag of weighty Boom Sound releases with some other tunes that we’re feeling at the moment from friends’ labels as well. Shouts outs to Jinx In Dub, Rukus, Chimpo and Break, whose tunes make an appearance.
‘There’s a fair few Kreed productions in the mix to get us excited for the Mungo’s show on 4 November, which will be his first major soundsystem session at Trinity Centre. He’ll be joined by Gardna, so we’re all super excited for that.’
On top of upping the number and scale of their parties, we’ve also seen a real push from Boom Sound in terms of musical output, with six more releases since Gardna and Kreed’s Sunday EP exploded onto soundsystems last summer.
Behind the scenes this year we’ve been putting in so much work to try and make all the releases as good as they can be
‘Behind the scenes this year we’ve been putting in so much work to try and make all the releases as good as they can be,’ says Jack. ‘It’s just the three of us who cover every aspect of the release from start to finish from the label’s point of view, so we all take on a few different roles.’
The label’s success coincides with a complete scene takeover by Luke, who has some enormous collaborations lined up, alongside plans for a debut solo album.
‘I feel like things are on the up! I put out both the Gardna x Kreed EP and the Flavour EP on digital and vinyl and slammed nearly 50 shows across the UK and Europe between May and October. Hectic, but the fun don’t stop – we’re already well stuck into a super busy club season. I’m in the process of writing my own debut album and I’ve also got three tunes on the forthcoming Nextmen Vs Gentleman’s Dub Club album. Just chilling, me.’
The label’s success coincides with the complete scene takeover by Luke, who has some enormous collaborations lined up, alongside plans for a debut solo album
Despite all that, he’s not planning on dropping the ball when it comes to the label, with another run of releases lined up, including some new music from himself.
‘We released our last batch of tunes before the summer prior to those killer label showcases at Glastonbury, Boomtown, Shambala and beyond. We’re planning our next run of releases. What I can confirm at the moment is that we’ve got music from myself, a solo release from Kreed and some music from FLeCK – more information to follow on that front!
‘The Mungo’s Hi Fi full soundsystem tour has been a long time in the works. We’re half way through as we speak. Brighton and Plymouth got smashed. Bristol, Exeter and Norwich are getting the same treatment. I’m personally most excited for the sold out roadblock at the Trinity next week. Hometown glory, eh…’
Photos by Dominika Scheibinger for Nitelife at Fred Perry Subculture presents: Eva Lazarus x Gardna