Beat Horizon

Sat Jan 25 2020

1:00 PM - 11:55 PM

O2 Victoria Warehouse

Trafford Wharf Road Manchester M17 1AB

Ages 18+

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Under 25’s require ID (passport/ driving licence) to purchase alcohol.
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VIP Includes: Free cloakroom, queue jump, vip area, free after party ticket

Yasiin Bey
Goldie
Talib Kweli
Sampa the Great
GZA
LTJ Bukem
Swindle (live)
Roni Size
Mala
The Pharcyde
Dub Phizix & Strategy
Channel One
Jeru the Damaja
MC Lowqui
MC Dynamite
Jim Bane
Eastern Bloc
Antwerp Mansion
Mark XTC
Nuusic
Dolenz
Bloc2bloc
J Chambers
Nospace
Wa3 Collective 

Soundcrash Presents
Beat Horizon

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  • Beat Horizon

    Beat Horizon

    Urban

  • Yasiin Bey

    Yasiin Bey

    Hip-Hop/Rap

  • Metalheadz

    Metalheadz

    Drum 'n' Bass

  • Talib Kweli

    Talib Kweli

    Urban

  • Sampa The Great

    Sampa The Great

    Hip-Hop/Rap

    Sampa The Great creates a sense of home on her debut album - “The Return”. A characterful record, its reference points range from classic hip-hop to ancient Southern African traditions. Built on four years of personal and musical soul-searching, it’s an assured statement, the product of meaningful musical connections and of Sampa having to redefine her self-identity away from the comforts of family and old friends.
     
    The album follows the recently released single ‘Final Form’, which was hailed as Zane Lowe’s ‘World Record’ and received incredible support from the likes of The Guardian, OkayAfrica, The Independent, Clash, gal-dem and many more. It was also the #1 Most Played track on Triple J the week of release, and received love from Ebro Darden (Beats 1 / Hot 97), Annie Mac, Mistajam & DJ Target (Radio 1), Gilles Peterson & Lauren Laverne (6 Music), Jason Kramer & Anthony Valadez (KCRW), John Richards, Larry Rose & Atticus (KEXP), and more and more. 
     
    On “The Return” Sampa has enlisted a string of esteemed collaborators and peers to create the album. Mixed by Jonwayne (of Stones Throw notoriety), MsM (Skepta/Boy Better Know) and Andrei Eremin (GRAMMY-nominated engineer for Hiatus Kaiyote and Chet Faker), productions are by Silentjay, Slowthai producer Kwes Darko, Clever Austin (Perrin Moss of Hiatus Kiayote), Blue Lab Beats and Syreniscreamy. The album also features collaborations with Ecca Vandal and London jazz collective Steam Down. Many of them are the fruits of the network Sampa has built since first making waves in 2015 - following time spent studying in San Francisco and LA - as a new arrival in Sydney’s hip-hop and jazz freestyle nights. Since then, she’s performed with Denzel Curry on his breakout track ‘Black Balloons’ for Triple J’s ‘Like A Version’, and toured globally, supporting the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Thundercat, Joey Bada$$, Hiatus Kaiyote, Noname, Ibeyi and Little Simz. 
     
    Following recent live performances at Glastonbury, Love Supreme Jazz Festival, Dark MOFO (Tasmania - alongside FKA Twigs, Kelsey Lu, Nicholas Jaar), Down The Rabbit Hole (Netherlands) and a headline show at Hip-Hop Collection (Paris) - Sampa plays alongside Sons Of Kemet at Somerset House on 13th July, before joining Burna Boy - recent recipient of the BET Best International Act award - in New York’s Prospect Park on 19th July plus headline solo shows at Elsewhere in Brooklyn on 18th July and Gold Diggers in LA on 22nd July. She returns to the EU in November for a headline tour that includes XOYO in London, as well as stops in Manchester, Bristol, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin and more.
     
    From the beginning, Sampa has made connections with like minded, forward-thinking peers. Her acclaimed 2017 mixtape “Birds and the BEE9” - produced with Silentjay, Kwes Darko and Sensible J (Remi) - was lauded by The Observer, who wrote that “categories dissolve around her”; it drew praise from NPR, Okayplayer, Huck, Mixmag, Rolling Stone AUS, Complex, and Noisey, amongst others; and it was supported on the radio by the likes of Gilles Peterson, Zane Lowe, Julie Adenuga and Annie Mac. It followed her 2015 “The Great Mixtape” release, as well as notable singles “Blue Boss” and ”HERoes Act 2” with UK singer Estelle, and was followed by 2018’s “Energy”.
     
    Building on her formative works, “The Return” sees Sampa tackle bigger questions, exploring what it means to feel at home, to feel excluded, and to see someone as an outsider. It stems from the rift Sampa has experienced in the rise of her career, where she’s celebrated as part of a new generation of Australian musicians - with “BEE9” winning the prestigious Australian Music Prize in 2017 (she shares nominations with the likes of Tame Impala, Jordan Rakei, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, and previous winner Courney Barnett) - while at the same time still being seen as an other. The album artwork features Sampa alongside a Nyau dancer - traditional dancers and figures that are found in villages across parts of Africa.  For Sampa, the dancer represents the fear of the unknown which is often projected by the West when it comes to African traditions. She also wanted to rediscover her ancestors’ spirituality: her mother’s side of the family are of the Bantu ethnicity from which the Nyau tradition originates.
     
    The themes behind the album are addressed head on in title track ‘The Return’. At the close of the track, Whosane’s lyrics refer to “returning to the self of my self”. This, for Sampa, is what she’s been trying to do for the past six years: to find new ways of feeling at home and rediscover an emboldened idea of herself. "Home is described in a lot of ways and means a lot of different things to different people,” she says. “I had to redefine in my mind and in my spirit what home means.” The album is both a re-telling of that journey, and the realisation of her aim; the album walks us through that return to home, while the accomplished sound and lyricism underscores the steps she’s made as a person and artist.
     
    Her African heritage is an important aspect of her exploration of home. On ‘OMG’, for instance, she talks about celebrating the cultures and traditions of Africa: 
     
    “Daddy adolescent said he’d get out from the streets
    Give him kid a feed
    Let em grow they feet
    Fly em out of Africa 
    Give them kids a beat
     
    Show them how the other half 
    How the world lives”
     
    Explaining the meaning behind the lyrics, she says, “I personally feel that people on the continent have a duty to our family in the diaspora, to re-teach our culture, language, spirituality, ways and return our peeps to ourselves.” And on album opener, ‘Mwana’, she employs the language of the Bemba tribe which her mother is a descendent of. “Mwana” means “child” in Bemba, and the song samples her mother and features her sister singing, making connections between her immediate family and their wider history. 
     
    However, “The Return” is a reference to a physical journey, as well as a spiritual one;  Sampa returned to Zambia and Botswana, where she was born and raised, respectively. There, she recorded the videos for both ‘Final Form’ - the triumphant single which sees her embrace the struggle of growing as an artist, and ‘OMG’. She is also set to release a short film titled ‘Homecoming’ about her experiences returning home to play her first shows on African soil.  Across every aspect of “The Return”, from the music and the lyrics, to the visuals and the artwork, Sampa The Great returns to the foundations propping up her sense of self and in doing so makes a bold statement about who she is as an artist.
     
    “The Return” is out on 13th September on Ninja Tune.
  • Roni Size

    Roni Size

    Drum 'n' Bass

    20-years ago, The Mercury Prize win for the Roni Size & Reprazent album ‘New Forms’ brought Drum ’n’ Bass to the forefront of dance-music news, making the music industry sit up and pay attention. For several years thereafter Roni Size was on top of the world, maintaining underground credibility yet receiving Brit awards and even collaborating with some of the biggest names in hip hop.

    The anniversary re-release of 'New Forms' garnered huge support across digital and print media as well as on radio.  With premieres from MixMag and Tsugi, rave reviews and coverage by NME, Fact, DJ Mag, Clash and many others along with multiple plays on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1 XtraRoni Size cemented his position at the top of the game.

  • GZA

    GZA

    Hip-Hop/Rap

    One of the best MCs and lyricists in hip hop history, GZA’s career is a seemingly endless list of stunning accomplishments – from founding Wu-Tang Clan, to releasing Liquid Swords, one of the most influential albums in hip hop history, to lecturing at Harvard – GZA is, true to his stage name, a true genius.

    "(GZA) has been involved in two legendary cornerstones of hip hop" – The Guardian

    "Liquid Swords is arguably Wu-Tang’s finest hour" – Pitchfork

    “The G is just the Genius… He’s the backbone of the whole shit” – Raekwon 

  • LTJ Bukem

    LTJ Bukem

    Drum 'n' Bass

  • The Pharcyde

    The Pharcyde

    Urban

  • Dub Phizix & Strategy

    Dub Phizix & Strategy

    Drum 'n' Bass

  • Swindle

    Swindle

    Grime

  • Goldie

    Goldie

    Dance

  • Jeru The Damaja

    Jeru The Damaja

    Hip-Hop/Rap

    Hip Hop has been a part of his life for as long as he can remember. First introduced to him at age seven in the local parks of Brooklyn, New York he wrote his first lyrics at age ten. 

    Jeru the Damaja (born Jeru Davis) aka D. Original Dirty Rotten Scoundrel was born and raised in the East New York section of Brooklyn where the everyday occurrences around him from an early age later became the source from which his rhymes flow. Jeru created and took on the persona of “the Damaja” (because he damages the mic) that is part conscious truth teller and part true to the streets Brooklyn hard rock. Jeru hooked up with DJ Premiere and Guru, collectively known as Gangstarr, shortly after they moved to New York on the late 1980’s. 

    Jeru introduced his unique “hardcore conscious” style to hip-hop audiences on “I’m the Man” a track on Gangstarr’s 1992 Daily Operations album. In 1993 he cemented his place in the hip-hop world by releasing the now classic single “Come Clean” from his legendary album, The Sun Rises in the East. The Wrath of the Math was released two years later which included the hit singles “Ya Playin’ Yaself” and “Me or the Papes” and Jeru was proclaimed one of the saviors of hip-hop due to his honest and straight forward critique of the state of hip-hop music. In 2000 Jeru released Heroz 4 Hire completely autonomously, from the production of the album to its release on his independent label KnowSavage Records. Jeru’s second independent album Divine Design was released in 2004 and  contained the new classics singles “WAR” and “Don’t Get it Twisted” featuring Lil’Dap from the Group Home. 

    Jeru’s third independent release Still Risin’ hit stores mid-2007. Taking his music to a new level by creating a style that is fusion of years of life experience translated into lyrical content set to rugged, real production. Still Risin was a refreshing appeal to intellect from a real life, everyone can relate to point of view. Now after seven years Jeru Is slated to release his new EP The Hammer, with production form legendary producers, Large professor, Beatnuts, PF Cuttin and more, The Hammer promises to be a new hip hop classic

    Jeru has one of the most consistent tour schedules in hip hop and  has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, South America, Asia and Africa. In between tours Jeru has done joint projects with Grammy nominated UK group Groove Armada, DJ Cut Killa, French actor Doudou Masta , and DJ Honda from Japan. He also worked with Polish artist Slums Attack and O.S.T.R. This collaboration garnerd over four million hits on youtube and has lead to the upcoming Jeru the Damaja polish hip hop project . Jeru has recently added Photographic artist to his resume and is planning his debut exhibition some time late 2016. Jeru has also had songs on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4, True Crime: New City and GTA IV video games, as well as collaborating with OG street skater Josh Kalis and DCshoes with the release of the JK7. last but not least, Jeru was also named on of the 50 Greatest Emcees in Kool Mo Dee’s book “There Is a God On the Mic” and is looking forward to continuing that legacy in the future.

Soundcrash Presents

Beat Horizon

Sat Jan 25 2020 1:00 PM - 11:55 PM

O2 Victoria Warehouse Manchester
Beat Horizon
  • SOLD OUT

Ages 18+

Ages 18+
Under 25’s require ID (passport/ driving licence) to purchase alcohol.
No refunds given for incorrect ticket purchasing

VIP Includes: Free cloakroom, queue jump, vip area, free after party ticket

Yasiin Bey
Goldie
Talib Kweli
Sampa the Great
GZA
LTJ Bukem
Swindle (live)
Roni Size
Mala
The Pharcyde
Dub Phizix & Strategy
Channel One
Jeru the Damaja
MC Lowqui
MC Dynamite
Jim Bane
Eastern Bloc
Antwerp Mansion
Mark XTC
Nuusic
Dolenz
Bloc2bloc
J Chambers
Nospace
Wa3 Collective