Saints Don't Sleep define their last 12 months in music, ahead of their next event on Friday 13th September. (Get your cheap ticket to see Nicholas and Homework here)
Casting all superstitions aside, the Saints will be celebrating their one year anniversary at South London stronghold Brixton Jamm, recruiting a very tasty lineup with which to do so. Featuring the likes of Homework, Nicholas, and Rob Amboule as well as two secret guests, we can't think of a better way to cap of the festival season (Get cheap tickets here on Pulse).
SDS was initially founded in 2011. After two successful parties in which they recruited blossoming acts such as Dark Sky, Pariah, XXXY and Synkro, personal arrangements forced an extended hiatus before picking up where they left off in September 2012. We asked the guys to best sum up the last year through 10 key tracks...
1. BNJMN - Keep The Power Out
Above all, the collective SDS goal was always to put on a party that all sorts of people will enjoy whilst putting together forward thinking lineups with artists that you don't see week in week out at other London club nights. This led us to call upon the services of BNJMN who's releases on Rush Hour Records had greatly impressed us.
2. James Welsh - Nastro Azzurro
For our second outing at Brixton Jamm, we turned to Hypercolour sub-label Losing Suki and brought in James Welsh to headline alongside James Fox. A chilled out number with some super smooth keys to form a winning EP. It drew our attention to James, who duly smashed it for us.
3. Jackson Blumenthal - Mama Gets Deep
SDS would not be what it is if it wasn't for it's loyal and diverse group of residents. Jackson Blumenthal (formerly Action Jackson) has come up with the goods for us on various occasions and this track by him was always a firm favourite of ours and our crowds. Two diverse and wonderful vocals blend together to make this tribalhouse cut a key summer jam. https://soundcloud.com/jacksonblumenthalmusic
4. Basil Hardhaus ft. Burrell - Black Man (Nicholas Black & Proud Mix)
Booking Nicholas was a big step up for us. He's an artist we had always looked at and was our first booking from overseas. His live set went down as always! This track epitomises what he's about - it's a classic remix with so much energy and attitude and one serious baseline. Simple yet so effective. It's an honour to have him back for our birthday show in September, this time dropping a DJ set.
5. Sand - A Taught LIne (Debukas Remix)
Debukas is the man. A really impressive musician with some amazing releases out on 2020vision. This track was always a favourite of ours and we were delighted when he opened his SDS set with it back in March.
6.Citizen – Glastique.
This punchy track reflects his style really well. Super sexy vocals, a rumbling bassline and crispy hi hats make this anthem a surefire dancefloor bomb. Definitely one of the highlights of our takeover of Noisily Festival's treehouse stage back in May.
7. DjRUM - Arcana (Do I Need You)
DjRUM is without doubt one of the most talented producers around at the moment. It was extremely difficult to pick a favourite from his catalogue but this song is good for so many reasons. Its progression, the contrast of the dark rolling bassline with the beautiful, delicate strings. Its got so much going on but it somehow all comes together so cleanly to make a club banger. This dropping was arguably the highlight of his set - amazing track, amazing album.
8. Rob Amboule - Who Knows
We're delighted to have an ongoing partnership with one of the best up and coming UK vinyl imprints around in the form of Nixwax Records. We frequently have their artists on our lineups and we hosted a label showcase for them in July which was a huge success. Rob Amboule is one of three founding members and has had a big year including a Boiler Room appearance and a record out on 2020Vision. This track is a banger and is the title track on the most recent Nixwax release.
9. Roy Ayers & Fela Kuti - 2000 Blacks Got To Be Free
We always try to have a contrast across the two rooms of Brixton Jamm. In Room 1 the focus is on the best of all things electronic while Room 2 can be anything from hip-hop to funk & soul, from disco to jazz. It's an impossible task to try and pick one song from a room that encapsulates so many genres but this song is a masterpiece and an SDS favourite from two bonafide legends. Some of the most catchy horns you’ll ever hear, flanked by a rhythm you simply can't avoid - what room 2 is all about.
10. Homework - I'm Into This
We want this show to be about friends and family, hence why we're bringing back a few old faces - but we also wanted to have a big headliner and Homework fit our criteria perfectly. We've been huge fans of their productions and sets for a long time, plus their style of house is exactly the vibe we want for this party. This is one of many stand out tracks in their catalogue, Moodymann's voice over the top adding extra sugary icing to an already sweet cake.
So there you have it, ten tracks telling the SDS tale. Click the link below to get your cheap ticket to their birthday showdown on Friday 13th September.