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Choki Biki Presents: Club Glow (Borai, Denham Audio, LMajor, Mani Festo)

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Bow Lane Social Club

17 Aungier Street

D02 XF38 Dublin 2

Ireland

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Choki Biki is proud to present Club Glow! Featuring Breakbeat finest: Borai, Denham Audio, LMajor and Mani Festo to Bow Lane Social Club.

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Choki Biki x Club Glow @ Bow Lane Social Club

What is ‘club glow’? Is it the pearlescent euphoria of the breakdown or the sweat-slicked inner peace you feel after a cathartic dancefloor workout? The retro-future surrealism of a party under UV light, or the funk that clings to the venue walls long after the lights come up? Everyone has their own definition, but what’s certain is it’s rooted in the energy flash of the rave. As a collective entity, the four-strong hit squad of Borai, Denham Audio, LMajor and Mani Festo are specifically equipped to deal with this feeling.

Individually, they’ve accomplished much in the field of contemporary rave music. Their mutually compatible crafts are steeped in the fundamentals of breakbeat hardcore and jungle, but crucially these musical principles are used as springboards for fresh, vital new club tracks. Beyond their solo adventures – which have landed on labels like WNCL, Hooversound, Astrophonica, Sneaker Social Club, Hotline, E-Beamz and Lobster Theremin – the four UK-based DJ/producer/rave evangelists have coalesced to present a united front as Club Glow.

The collective effort first took shape as a tape series, the first volume mixed by Borai and Denham, the second by Major and Mani. Loaded with exclusive material, these tapes serve as the opening gambit for Club Glow, and the group evolves from this nexus point. In 2020, they tapped up an all-star cast to put together the Club Glow x Disc Shop Zero tape – a fundraiser in loving memory of a true champion of the scene, Tokyo record shop owner Naoki (RIP). Now individual 12”s from the core crew are cementing the CG sound as they take their razor-sharp, break-wielding battle jams far and wide. With a selectors attitude to match their studio fortitude (just check their sessions on Balamii), the damage in the dance is inevitable.

Borai

While he’s touched upon a dizzying spectrum of sounds on his obsessive trails through electronic music, Borai has been rooted in rave culture since he was a teenager tearing around Bristol dancehalls. In the here and now, he’s busy dropping bombs on his own Higher Level label and helping steer the Club Glow collective with Denham Audio, Mani Festo and LMajor, not to mention supplanting payloads on the likes of Infiltrate, THEM, Hotline and more besides.

With a day job cutting plates for Dubstudio and a legacy of vinyl hustle in shops around Bristol, it’s abundantly clear how much Borai lives and breathes the culture. His groaning racks of outboard gear and all-round tech obsession are equally testament to that, and the proof is in the results. ‘Make Me’, a collaborative effort with Denham Audio, was a tear out success getting prime time plays from the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac. This dual purpose of underground rave exaltation and universal appeal are key to what makes Borai such a vital proposition, on the airwaves, on the stereo and in the dance.

Mani Festo

Caught in the provocative tension between futurism and tradition, Mani Festo is a champion for the transportive, perception-altering power of club music. Already, his towering catalogue of rough and ready sonics counts labels like WNCL, Rupture and Hooversound as regular stop offs, while his presence in the Club Glow collective alongside Borai, Denham Audio and LMajor presents a vital unified front at the vanguard of contemporary rave. As an accomplished visual artist, Mani Festo designs the Club Glow aesthetic as well as collaborating with notable brands such as the EQ50 collective and seminal London party Rupture (where he’s also a regular guest on the decks)..

The Mani Festo muse is front and centre in his music – a darkly seductive atmosphere drawing heavily on the relationship between hardcore-rooted music and vintage sci-fi. At one extreme he embraces synthesis as a vessel for evocative, mind-melting moments between the blink of the strobe, while at the other his dynamic sound is anchored by a fierce commitment to heavyweight rhythm craft. From the dedicated ethic of breakbeat science to the punchy machine funk of electro, there’s no single overbearing method to Mani Festo’s madness, just a commitment to shock and awe under the influence of the soundsystem.

LMajor

There’s a blistering urgency to the sound of LMajor which is apparent the second one of his weapons-grade cuts starts rolling. Two flagship drops on esteemed rave outpost WNCL Recordings were testament to the angle the London-based producer is approaching club music from. Supple enough to skip to 2-step, shock out to hardcore or lock in to techno, what binds these styles together is his keen instinct for the grit and snarl which has made system-ready dance music so compelling for upwards of 30 years.

As well as the WNCL releases, LMajor forms a central part of the Club Glow crew alongside Borai, Denham Audio and Mani Festo. Beyond their DJ commitments, which include a monthly session on Balamii Radio, his first release on the collective label was the expansive Club Glow Vol 2 tape, gathering together a heayweight selection of original, exclusive tracks alongside Mani Festo. He also works with Corporeal Face as Local Group, holding down a residency at Field Maneuvers and releasing incendiary breakbeat and electro gear on labels like Ritual Poison. There are a lot of elements to LMajor’s presence on the contemporary rave scene – it’s little wonder his tracks are getting bumped by an ever-swelling list of critical DJs spanning genres, sending shockwaves through intense basement clubs and gargantuan festival stages alike.

Denham Audio

In a blizzard of breakbeats, b-lines and acid hooks, Denham Audio has brought new urgency and vitality to the modern rave scene. The sound he’s pushing is rooted in the legacy of UK hardcore, but those foundational sounds and styles are given a thorough spruce up, feeding into the buoyant areas of exploration happening between 140 and 160 BPM. Releases have been coming thick and fast, from early outings on Nineteen Ninety Four and Artifice through to a blistering run on WNCL, Frendzone! (alongside Violet), Lobster Theremin, Sneaker Social Club and more. Across these 12”s you can hear every shred of influence spilling out – from the upfront hardcore and jungle through to hip hop and reggae, and beyond the confines of music into sci-fi and anime.

As well as a relentless charge of rave-ready EPs and DJ sets spanning the UK and as far as Seoul, Tokyo, Berlin, New York and elsewhere, the Denham Audio pressure also piles into the Club Glow collective. Alongside Borai, LMajor and Mani Festo, Denham is presenting a communal front which first manifested as a tape series and now spans 12” drops, a monthly session on Balamii Radio and coordinated blitzes on appropriately sized dancehalls. It’s a natural extension of Denham’s solo endeavours, succinctly captured on the SNKRX05 12” as “16v hatchback breakbeat NRG kickin' it out of your Kenwood system.” We couldn’t have put it better ourselves.

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Bow Lane Social Club

17 Aungier Street

D02 XF38 Dublin 2

Ireland

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