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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.