103: Sixteen years of NuBreed
Anthony Pappa (GU Retrospective)
Any cake remaining from Ministry recent 25th anniversary celebrations unfortunately won’t be refrigerated. As another landmark birthday is fast approaching, one befitting of a freshly baked delicacy along with balloons and streamers to boot! So congratulations GLOBAL UNDERGROUND for reaching TWENTY years, an illustrious two decades in which GU releases plus their iconic events have been paramount in developing clubbing culture around the world.
So on Friday October 28th, The Gallery lays down an orange carpet to welcome some very special guests. Established GU ambassadors plus forward thinking new talent from the label, will ensure an emotional night across both The Box and 103 rooms - not only to reminisce about those good times but also for paying homage towards the label’s future.
Despite commendations for his contribution to the ‘Renaissance’ series and own imprint ‘Selador,’ it is Dave’s work with Global Underground for which the Yorkshireman is most yearned for on a global scale. Each of Dave’s four compilations in the ‘City’ series were inspired by club performances on different continents - specifically Buenos Aries (released in 1999), Cape Town (2000), Melbourne (2002) and Lithuania (2010). Hence itself an indicator for Seaman’s status as pioneer within this genre, his music helping to fuel the subsequent burgeoning demand for electronic music in each country during these eras.
Crafting the aforementioned mixes enabled Dave to showcase a full spectrum of musical disciplines, all of which will be rejuvenated for The Box and integrated within an especially prepared performance on the night. So look forward to new re-works of classic Global Underground material down the years, plus those poignant picks from Dave’s crate which will always hold sentimental value in his rise to stardom.
With Global Underground synonymous for its seminal ‘City’ series, every CD of a forty two edition reign has undoubtedly helped accelerate superstar status for all cover artists. Including such luminaries as Sasha, Nick Warren, Paul Oakenfold and James Lavelle himself amongst others, where each mix iteration is regarded timeless and sounds fresh years after being released. However it could be argued out of James’ ground-breaking four contributions (Barcelona, Romania, Bangkok and Naples), his ode to Spain and 2001 debut is revolutionary within the whole series – as the first to incorporate a wide range of musical genres and affirm Lavelle’s love for showcasing eclectic sounds.
Hence for James’ eagerly anticipated return to London and Ministry of Sound, expect club orientated sounds inspired by these aforementioned cities which are all a hotbed of cultural diversity. Plus of course defining productions and remixes under the renowned UNKLE alias and finally those poignant Global Underground favourites which represent James’ love for GU as a whole.
Bushwacka belongs at this twentieth anniversary tear up, after producing ‘GU33 Rio’ in 2007 as part of much loved DJ duo ‘Layo & Bushwacka.’ With x2 discs showcasing house music classics and what was new material at the time, it’s this formula of retrospective plus recent which will ensure a fun filled jukebox for toasting two decades. Also expect acclaimed work from L&B not limited to the GU discography, such as chart topping hit ‘LOVE STORY’ in addition to House and Techno from present day alias ‘JUST BE.’
*NuBreed 103 Room*
Another milestone for Global Underground is recognised next door, as ANTHONY PAPPA plus HABISCHMAN pay homage to sixteen years of their ‘NuBreed’ compilation. Having developed a cult following matching that of the ‘City’ series itself, this anniversary is more poignant when considering a common ethos with The Gallery – to give exposure for up and coming talent across a multitude of genres.
Hence to accommodate sounds from the whole NuBreed discography, Anthony and Habischman have been especially invited –responsible for the very first (2000) and most recent release from 2016 respectively. The latter holds special significance as GU’s inaugural NuBreed release after a seven year hiatus, affirming their continued quest to unearth quality music even after two decades in the game. Plus with Anthony preparing an exclusive retrospective playlist to showcase sixteen years of NuBreed, the 103 room is pivotal to this GU TWENTY celebration as a whole.
Then hailing from Poland, rising star A?ii is bang on a harder musical pulse with a penchant for dark and ethereal techno plus entwining soulful deep house sounds too. With her track ‘Rusty’ chosen as homage to ‘The Future’ CD on Global Underground’s commemorative album ‘TWENTY’, it’s certainly a great endorsement for Anii - as the compilation showcases ten of the world’s best producers who are earmarked as GU standard bearers for many years to come.