TOTD // 15/09 // Bok Bok

Published: September 15, 2017, words by Katie Thomas

Part of the The Warehouse Project takeover


Bossman of Night Slugs, purveyor of the best in UK club music, Bok Bok is next up in our WHP takeover. For the 2017 Warehouse Project season, Bok Bok plays Mura Masa’s Anchor Point party on Saturday 21st October. He’s joined on the line up by his fellow label co-founder L-Vis 1990 and Night Slugs affiliate Girl Unit as well as the likes of Jacques Greene and Mumdance.

Originally from Ukraine, Bok Bok grew up in South London. After falling in love with grime, he started DJing out in 2004. When he and friend L-Vis felt there was a gap in London’s club scene, they started Night Slugs, a series of parties to represent their sound. Night Slugs went from strength to strength, pushing the boundaries of club music and creating a safe, inclusive and diverse space. The parties later led to the fruition of the label, which saw its first official release in 2010 with Mosca’s Square One EP.

Night Slugs is home to Bok Bok and L-Vis 1990’s own production, as well as putting out records from the likes of Jam City, Kingdom, Ikonika and Lil Silva. Multiple collaborations with Kelela have been instrumental in defining her unique style, finding a home both in the club and on the stage. Recently, Bok Bok has been the force behind getting Flex Dance Music (FDM) heard on a transatlantic scale. Originally from Brooklyn, FDM is beginning to make waves in the U.K., thanks in part to Bok Bok including tracks from the scene in his own sets, and now with the release of Hitmakerchinx’s FDM Classics, a collaboration between Night Slugs and its US sister label Fade to Mind.

Bok Bok’s latest EP came out in June. Salvage 2017 is a dark and existential reflection of the world around him. Using only a 12-bit sampler, it’s a raw, back to basics sound; a showcase inspired by early instrumental grime. Take his own releases, a new monthly Night Slugs show on Radar Radio, a constant slew of DJ sets all over the world, and a jam packed label release schedule, Bok Bok is busy bringing the party 24/7.

From Ikonika’s club ready edit of Ariana Grande to the heavy and unforgiving offering from Uninamise, these Tracks Of The Day picks are indicative of the depth and breadth of Bok Bok’s trailblazing taste as a selector.

via youtube

DJ Mystery ft Natalie K

Speechless

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Lately I’ve been getting back into house. It’s always been in my heart but things got peak a few years ago with the stuff in the charts. I couldn’t play house out in London without getting a bunch of requests I wasn’t into so I went off it for a second. But, I’m back baby! This is a tune to play or dance around to around the 3am mark, that grown and sexy hardbody sound.”
via youtube

Ca$h Out

100 Hours

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“It’s been a crazy summer for me. Now it’s time to get my head down, get back on the grind. This is my late night anthem when I’m going to the studio. Always draw for Ca$h Out to get out of your feelings, he’s like audio Xanax.”
via soundcloud

Uninamise

Test Your Might

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“This tune goes so hard in the mix! I found Uninamise through his collaborations with Hitmakerchinx (we’ve just put out a Hitmakerchinx LP on Night Slugs, a collection of classic FDM riddims). All the guys making FDM have their own sound and I really love that. Uninamise tunes are such rollers, they remind me of older DMZ or garage in the way they move, even though it’s more of a dancehall tempo.”
via soundcloud

Ariana Grande

Into You (Ikonika Bootleg)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“When Ariana first came out I wasn’t that into her, I felt uncomfortable about how she was being marketed as kind of childlike, but also hypersexualised. Then eventually I realised, it’s pop genius. Don’t be lazy, click the link and scroll to 7:10 to hear Ikonika’s flip of ‘Into You’. We’re gonna release this on the Night Slugs white label series, Ikonika should have produced the original for sure.”

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