Friday 23rd July 2021
Doors at 11:00pm
PowerHaus brings to you our monthly club night, BusyBeats. Expect to kick the night off with old school disco grooves into a pumping house and Tech from 11pm – 3am in the heart of Camden.
This month we have music from:
Ben the Bee
Ben the Bee
At the heart of the deep underground music scene from the wild raves of the 80s to Ibiza, Burning Man and beyond, Ben fell in love with dance music tripping the light fantastic at the Embassy Club in the 70s. Collected a vast roomful of dub disco and soul tunes that suddenly came into their own in the mid 80s when the first raves exploded into our consciousness. Luckily managed to score a great party flat in Ifield Rd Chelsea and occasionally had a few mates over for a dance (if you were there you know what I’m talking about). Realized in a rare moment of clarity that a larger venue might be needed. Started hosting GIVE! at The Fortress in Kings Cross and Woy-Oy on the MV Cam Leopard at Chelsea Bridge in the late 80s, Kimberley in the early 90s and House of Honey in the Naughties. HoH is the Mothership for Harvest @ Eridge park, GIVE! @ Stanford Hall and a veritable cornucopia of London Events & Party Nights.
He’s played at countless great festivals, clubs & parties all over the planet including: GIVE!, Kimberley, Secret Garden Party, Wilderness, Burning Man (USA), Glastonbury, Bestival, Woy-Oy, Harvest, Shindig, Thunderpussy, Golden Delicious, The Whitehouse, Ravenous, Paramount, Koshka, Fly, Aura (Ibiza), The Backyard (Thailand), Tender, Lotus, Cultural Virus, Megatripolis, Pendragon, Sunset Ashram (Ibiza), Seductive Alchemy, The ICA, Rustlers Valley (South Africa), Save the Rhino (Kenya), TIP (Goa), Rift Valley Festival (Kenya), Wajaya Beach (Sri Lanka) and Sunrise (UK)
To call Colin Dale “legendary” is no over-estimation…….here is a Dj that has been one of London’s most cutting edge Djs for over 20 years and still continues to surprise and marvel. Music was always a big part of the Dale family’s life……Soul, Reggae, Jazz and Funk…..even before Colin left school friends included Fabio, Grooverider, Dave Angel, Jumping Jack Frost and Bryan Gee……..all who went on to be top Djs in their respective scenes. It all began in 1982 when Colin who was then working as a banker in the city of London began to warm up for Hip Hop supremo “Tim Westwood” at the cult Gossips nightclub in Soho playing cuts like Soul Sonic Force, Strafe, Shannon and Donna Summer. In 1985 Colin was one of the key members of the pirate radio station Kiss FM and soon after left banking to pursue a career in music and the “Abstrakt Dance” radio show was born. For 16 years “Abstrakt Dance” was a ground-breaking show which quite simply bought Techno to the masses. Guests on the show included All the UR crew, Hawtin, Angel, Pullen, Garnier, Saunderson, Craig, May, Cox……the list goes on and .. the show was put on the internet in 1993 Colin became a household name in Techno circles Worldwide. It was the first ever Techno show to be transmitted live with visuals and it was revolutionary. It was around this time that Colin teamed up with Brenda Russell and Colin Faver to do the “Deep Space” series of clubs in London which again saw the team take London’s Techno scene to new highs. Other club nights that Colin has been involved in include Electric Boogie, Vapour Space, Deep and Jelly. Production wise Colin has recorded for Perfecto on their very first LP, Obsessive, Logic, Sensei, Visitor, Abstrakt Dance, Swag, Laus and Alien Funk amongst others as well as 7 well received mix compilation LPs for various major record labels. (see discography*) As well as being a regular guest at clubs such as Fabric, Rex, Pasha (Buenos Aires) and Love (Brazil) Colin has toured the Worlds clubs extensively…..Japan, China, Russia, Australia and Eastern Europe, U.S.A………Colin is a favourite the World over. Looking back Colin has played some of the World’s best parties…..Dance Valley, Full Moon, Tribal Gathering, Sunrise, Dance Valley, Energy, Love Parade, Automatik @ Rex Club Paris, Rage @ Heaven, Bloc Festival, Glade, Dragon Ball and special guest at Paul Van Dyke’s Vandit club and Tresor Club both in Berlin. Fast forward to 2019 and its all systems go…there’s the label “Abstrakt Dance records”, regular sets at House of Honey, Give Festival, Tek London, Kerfuffle, Sterns Reunion parties, R.I.P, Promised Land, Club Aquarium, and also more Wildlife AM and D.S.T.P Warehouse parties which have been taking London’s club land by storm…… There’s also lot’s of hot new music as well from labels such as Endemic, Forward Education, taMe, Influential House and Evasive record labels amongst others as well as a heavy remix schedule. There’s also a sample / loop CD out on Monster Sounds distributed by Loopmasters and lots of future releases planned on Abstrakt Dance records. SoundCloud : https://soundcloud.com/djcolindale
Rocky – from X-Press 2
Be it with X-Press 2 or when flying solo, UK DJ and producer talent Rocky knows how to push all the boundaries. Rocky started DJing in the mid 80s playing hip-hop, jazz, soul and funk at a local youth club and various birthdays and weddings; he later on moved to performing at clubs in and around London. He hooked up with Diesel in ’87, appearing regularly at Boys Own events and by ’92 Rocky and Diesel had joined forces with Ashley Beedle and formed X-Press 2 who burst onto the international club scene with the demented sirens, typewriter-noise percussions and dance floor pyrotechnics of ‘Muzik Express’ which became an instant worldwide club hit.
In ’96 Rocky and Mark Wilkinson started producing as Problem Kids, writing two albums and several singles for Paper Recordings and Junior Boys Own. This continued until Ashley, Diesel and Rocky decided to give X-Press 2 another go, and in April of 2000 X-Press 2 found themselves back together on the road and in the studio. They went on to develop a dazzling six deck DJ performance that used effects-ridden mic performances from Ashley and CD- players and basic samplers to send crowds wild. Rocky has been working on X-Press 2 stuff consistently, and nowadays labels like Skint Records still release their essential work. Rocky is a man of many talents and whether he chooses to perform solo or with X-Press 2, be sure to expect a great delivery and a huge passion.