After a year of partying together us people behind Fragment, Good Block and Wholemeal have decided to unite partying forces to present you with an alternative route to success this NYE.
We’re currently keeping a ton of little extra’s under wraps until nearer the time but as an introduction we’ve got our hands on a new space up on the Dalston party-mile until the hours of new years day. All 9 or so of us will be bringing down the tunes to celebrate what’s been another bloody good year.
This Saturday we’re back to The Alibi for believe it or not our 12th month. This month we’re bringing back good friend and man of all things East London, Anthony Chalmers (God Don’t Like It, Power Lunches) for a few hours of big tunes to get your drunkenness on to. Alongside Chalmers residents Real Close, Moman and Mad as Hell will be filling in the gaps until 3am.
As always we’re completely free all night – for more information head over to the Facebook event here.
This Wednesday creators of all things genius, POKE London will be putting on a display of excellence down at the new Hackney House venue in Shoreditch. To celebrate the day’s event we’re teaming up with them to put on a superb evening of music to sign things off.
Early on the night will kick off with a live performance from the brilliant Slow Club followed by Rich Foe from Dollop spinning the tune caldron as well as our very own Real Close and POKE DJs, Disco Volcano B2B with Scorsese. They’ll also be a super additional disco set from Dalston Superstore’s very own DJ Squeaky.
The whole evening event is completely free and comes equipped with some top secret fancy additions we’ll announce on the day. To apply for one of the limited (and selling out very quickly) tickets click here to register.
Our pals in the hood Good Block are back for a special Summer party!
After their brilliant run down at The Social they’re taking over Dalston’s Ridley Road Market Bar for a free Saturday spectacular. Expect to get your ear round some Lazer Funk, Boogie, Disco, Electro, Hip Hop, Tropical, Afrobeat, Dancehall – whatever.
Cheap Red Stripe and Mojitos all night long!
8pm – 2am / Free Entry.
After storming the scene over the last 18 months team Fragment finally got to catch up with Kurupt FM duo Beats & Sniper for an exclusive chat on what’s in store for 2012 and their opinions on pirate radio.
What is Pirate Radio in 2012? Sniper – Pirate radio’s gone downhill the last few years . People lost sight of what it is really about and gone all weird putting radio on the internet and playing all this dubstep and next music that doesn’t make sense. We’ve kept our station exactly the same for the past 10 years, which is why we are where we are today.
Beats – Our studio is like a museum of garage music memorabilia. There is a stain on the carpet from when Sparks and Kie – Fly Bi came out and I went nuts and dropped my kebab. You can still see it there.
Sniper – Basically pirate radio now is going back towards the traditional style. They’ve realised the error of their ways, finally. And now you see people like Oxide and Neutrino suddenly appearing on all the flyers again.
Beats – Yeah they’re good boys. Everyone talks about how they are bringing back drum and bass and old skool garage but we don’t need to bring it back cos it’s always been there. Now everyone wants to go back to 2001.
Sniper – We’re still there! Mentally and musically, if not physically. So in that sense we are pioneers.
Beats – Yeah…
Sniper – So to answer your question, pirate radio in 2012 is basically pirate radio in 2001.
Beats – But better, more modern.
Beats – Yeah, clearer signals.
What is the mission statement of Kurupt FM? Sniper – Like it or lump it basically.
Beats – Yeah. Kurupt FM in it, the rest are irrelevant.
Sniper – Nah, I don’t like that one. Use my one.
What sets you apart from other Pirate Radio stations? Sniper – Strength.
Beats – As a station people can tell that we’re leaders …
Sniper – Well no, I’m the actual leader, but through my leadership skills projected onto my team it creates a vibe were we command the attention of our listeners.
Beats – Yeah it’s quite clever really. Also we have a strict policy on the tracks we play.
Sniper – Strictly no dubstep and no funky house we don’t deal with that watered down student bollocks, Kurupt FM is pure, undiluted, oven proof.
Beats – Like rum.
Sniper – Yeah that’s what I was saying.
In your opinion is pirate radio better than licensed radio? Sniper – Yeah definitely, we have total freedom over what tracks we play and the things we can talk about unlike legal radio which is completely controlled by the police basically.
Beats – Also pirate radio is much more community based, like you have people calling in for shout outs giving messages to their mates or girls and that. We are the voice of the people.
Sniper – We’re like freedom fighters in a way, always being chased by the DTI and bluefoot but they can never take us down. We live outside of the confines of society. A bit like the West London pirate radio scene’s answer to Che Guevara.
Beats – But more clean cut.
Sniper – That’s another rule we have, no beards. Strictly line ups and fades.
What is the future for Kurupt FM? Sniper – Big tings mate. We’ve already built up a huge fan base in our own chamunity, mainly friends and family at the moment but now we’re going on BBC3 iPlayer or something.
Beats – Yeah we had to have a load of meetings with these weird older people from the BBC saying they will film us…
Sniper – Obviously we were careful at first cos they were sending us messages over the internet we were weary of getting lured into these weird paedophile traps that you here about. I turned up to the first meeting with a baseball bat.
Beats – Yeah that meeting went well, they seemed really up for basically everything that we were suggesting.
Sniper – But yeah, get on iPlayer and have a look. Tell your mates, tell your missus. The more watches we get the more famous and rich we’ll get.
Beats – Then it’s Kavos, Zante, Jamaica… World domination.
Sniper – I’ll probably get into films eventually. Jason Statham sort of roles but with a bit more laid back approach.
Beats – Yeah he plays up to the camera a bit sometimes.
See Sniper and Beats alongside the rest of the Kurupt FM chamunity on BBC Three’s People Just Do Nothing – on iPlayer from Monday 2nd July 2012.
This month’s chart features: Actress, Onra, Tall Ships, The Invisible, Hot Chip, The Horrors, TOY, 2:54, Twin Shadow, The Exploding Hearts, Matthew Dear, Holy Fuck, Disclosure, Teen Daze, XXXY, Mosca, TEED, The Pointer Sisters, Tapes ‘n Tapes and some other bits.
We’ve been hiding away, sorry guys. Twin is nearly upon us but for now here’s another month’s playlist just in time for this month’s Fragment party at The Alibi. This month’s playlist features: Tribes, Lapalux, oOoOO, Butterclock, The Invisible, Theme Park, Father John Misty, Django Django, Foals, Gold Panda, Fiction, Metronomy, xxyyxx, Toro Y Moi, Bullion, Liars, Korallreven, The Rapture, Doc Daneeka, Abigail Wyles, Headman, Simian Mobile Disco.
Team Fragment are soon off check out Giles Peterson’s Worldwide festival offerings and what with London’s tropical weather this past week we thought we’d make a playlist to get us in the mood. We’ll be adding to it as more acts get announced so make sure you subscribe for all the latest tunes.
This months Fragment Chart features the ever brilliant: Lonely, Dear, Here we go magic, Mystery jets, Kindness, Beach house, Lower dens, THEESatisfaction, Outfit, Zulu winter, Best coast, Royal headache, Lotus plaza, La sera, Jessie ware, The men, Toy, Gang colours, Grimes, Totally enormous extinct dinosaurs, Scuba
This weeks Fragment Spotify playlist is now available on the old Spotify, or you can now stream it straight within this blog post using Spotify’s whole ‘Play’ button monopoly maker. For those who hate it, the link to the full playlist is here.
This week we feature: Millionyoung, Teams vs Star Slinger, Star Slinger, Cut Copy, Q and Not U, The Mantles, Blackbird Blackbird, Cloud Nothings, Yeasayer, Isobel Campbell & Mar, Wild Beasts, The Horrors, Young Magic, Julio Bashmore, Pional, Catwalk, Grizzly Bear, The Beets, 2:54 and Jessie Ware.
This weeks delayed Fragment Top 20 is finally here and features some right crackers from this lot: Beach House, Bleached, Catwalk, Summer Camp, Dirty Projectors, Hospotality, Gang Colours, Korallreven, The Evens, White Fence, NZCA/LINES, Debbie Harry/LCD Soundsystem, Fanfarlo, Debbie Harry & Franz Ferdinand, Washed Out, Charli XCX, Sharon Van Etten, Factory Floor, Pional.