The Selector Live parties, already a favourite with the Moscow public, was re-launched as Selector Live Beefeater Sessions on 26 April at Solyanka club. The new season brought even more of the most exciting modern British music selected by the creators of the Selector radio programme.
The first Selector Live Beefeater Session was headlined by young singer Moko who wrapped classic soul and 90 s trip hop into modern electronic RnB, and Jamie Odell who had been creating some of the finest deep house for the past 20 years under the stage names; Jimpster and Audiomontage.
A year of Selector Live parties has enabled Moscow’s public to get to grips with the modern British music scene in all its diversity. At Selector Live parties, Ital Tek’s deep electronic music alternated with Egyptian Hip Hop’s guitar psychedelics, Troumaca’s buoyant dance style accentuated Dean Blunt’s avant-garde noise, and Wild Beasts’ airy art rock was followed by Young Knives’ melancholic indie pop.
With Beefeater, a fashionable and dynamic brand with a true British character, the new season of Selector Live Beefeater Sessions was set to be even more powerful.
You can see photos from the partie on our Flickr.
Moko (London, UK)
A South Londoner, Moko represents the generation of «beautiful twenty-year-olds» who define English music for young people. Just like the twenty-year-old King Krule who dissects the heritage of British rock ’n’ roll and reassembles it for other twenty-year-olds, or the Disclosure prodigy children who create house music in the style of 90 s underground rave parties for people who were not even born at that time, Moko reinvents RnB by injecting English garage groove and the power of gospel singing.
Moko spent her childhood singing gospel in a church choir and listening to music by Soul II Soul, Sade and Bristol trip hop at home. These passions translated into music which led to Moko being described as «London’s answer to Massive Attack» and «modern soul music’s greatest hope».
Moko’s first demo record, released in early 2013, attracted the interest of bloggers and led to talk of a fresh view of soul and 90 s RnB. As a result of those discussions, Moko appeared at the Great Escape festival, later at Glastonbury, and then in an episode of the Boiler Room YouTube series about music (where she appeared alongside her idol Neneh Cherry), followed by successful solo gigs at Birthdays, Electrowerks, Corsica Studios and Hoxton Bar & Kitchen.
Moko’s song Hand on Heart, released soon after increased her fan base — the track was played on Radio 1, 1Xtra, Rinse FM and Amazing Radio, where it was spotted by Chase&Status, one of the UK’s top electronic acts. Chase&Status invited the singer to record a new song, Count On Me, which later reached the UK Top 5 and stayed there for several weeks. Moreover, MTA Records, which belongs to Chase&Status, signed Moko for a full album, due to be released in 2015.
The Black EP released in early 2014 showed that Moko is here to stay.
NME compares her to «Neneh Cherry at the top of her form, only fresher and more relevant», Clash calls her vocals «coarse and clean at the same time», and Time Out London put her at the top of the list of artists to watch this year.
Music played a big part in Jamie Odell’s life from early childhood — his father plays drums with the famous jazz-funk band Shakatak and often took him to the studio, teaching him the basics of percussion.It’s no wonder that Jamie started by playing chirruping nu jazz, and later moved onto intelligent deep house, which he meticulously selects and publishes on his Freerange Records label.
Far from being a self-educated musician who mastered some basic electronic software, Jamie Odell is a graduate of the composition department of a prestigious music college. This is why he feels equally confident while playing sets at London’s Fabric or Frankfurt’s Cocoon, playing the keyboard with the improvisational band The Bays, or recording music under his stage names Jimpster and Audiomontage.
In the twenty years of his career, Jimpster has released six albums, over 20 singles and more than 300 remixes. He has performed at literally all of the world’s most significant clubs and festivals. Jimpster is the Major League of English house music.
Produced by the British Council, Selector is broadcast from London to an audience of over three million radio listeners in 40 countries. The Guardian named Selector as «the most curiously programmed music radio show in Britain». Since April 2013, Selector has broadcast weekly shows on radio Megapolis 89.5FM.
Apart from the radio show, Selector presents a series of parties that are «as educational as the show», according to Kommersant. Selector parties involving some of the most interesting modern British artists take place at the hottest Moscow venues and introduce Moscow’s public to various modern music styles.