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*Music History for your Walls*

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I put up a few of my early Dubstep and Grime images on Big Cartel, to make it easier for people who request prints of them. They’re all from around 2004-2005, all taken in London on Digital camera – at Plastic People except for the one of the lathe, which was captured at Transition Mastering Studios, on film.

Photography shows the passage of time…

Smoking is now banned in UK clubs; Plastic People is now closed; DMZ, who feature in one of the pictures minus Coki celebrate 10 years this year; Skepta and Boy Better Know are leading Grime’s renaissance – the genre never went anywhere, but it’s seemingly in a new chapter, as highlighted by Skepta and BBK on stage with Kanye West at The Brit Awards earlier this year.

Transition Mastering Studios is still in Forest Hill, still captained by Jason. I visited him last year as part of a photo series about Mastering Houses for FACT – he’s still as busy as ever, still trusted by hundreds of producers and DJ’s to produce weightly, soulful low-end; what HAS changed for him and most of the other studios I visited however, is that engineers are increasingly working alone, without the producer or DJ next to them. Also, bedroom producers are now often trying to master music on their own, with sonically disastrous consequences. It’s the internet age.

As for my work – it’s evolved, as it should; I don’t blog as much and have started working with film (fruits of labour, will ripen soon). I still love anything to with cities, am still moved by London and it’s layers of narratives and history, my work is published frequently, I am commissioned often and am always looking for new publications to work with, especially print media as it is King (Monocle, I’m looking at you right now). More than anything else, I love that people buy my images for their walls. I have a new website… www.georginacook.net


Youngunz Tattoo Club

The Youngunz Tattoo Club is the latest endeavour of my favourite musical Parisians, The Youngunz, in which they play their latest beats while their audience gets inked. For anyone unfamiliar with this crew, they’re basically young, energetic and have comic names like Bambounou, French Fries and Alan Gay. They also make a lot of good shit happen in Paris and the rest of France. It was Martelo who initially introduced me to The Youngunz, one of whom Manaré (younger brother of Marvy Da Pimp), I’d unknowingly already shot with a compact camera at Carnival last year.


Since then, I’ve had the pleasure of dancing to their tunes on numerous occasions at Nouveau Casino, Social (aka pose) Club and probably the most memorable, The Green Room at 2010’s Transmusicale du Rennes alongside Decks & The City, a young R Kelly and Sylvester the Cat.

Manaré 2 Melissa Sylvester Il fait old Green French Fries Traffic

They’re also gently infiltrating the UK where among other things, they’ve joined Oneman’s RinseFM show for guest slots. With a sound very much influenced by and in turn, influential to the current UK bass scene, that’s sort of where the Youngunz fit, inbetween and around Oneman, Martelo, BokBok and other globally minded DJs who revel in playing thumping party music. Allez, check them out.

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Here are some cool photos of the Youngunz first tattoo session via the brilliant DOS BUSTER BLOG.

Underground Exhibition, by Shaun Bloodworth


Although framing our favourite bass characters in real life locations- streets, parks, housing estates, Shaun Bloodworth’s talent for adding something slightly uncanny or unexpected to his portraits is undoubtedly what makes them so compelling. With this and the distinctive de-saturated colour that he uses to give his images a somewhat cinematic or computer game feel, Shaun can make the average dubstep producer or DJ look like a movie star and is undoubtedly partially to blame for propelling bass music from it’s roots to it’s current position as an international force.  Ironically, the man himself, whilst comparable to the Rankin of Bass music (pointed out here by Mary Anne Hobbs), is one of the most unassuming and nicest chaps you’re ever likely to meet – as his twitter reveals, he gets excited about pies.

Titled Underground, Shaun Bloodworth’s first solo exhibition of some of his infamous portraits and reportage from dancefloors across UK and the U.S plus collaborations with GiveUpArt and HumanStudio opens this evening in his home town Sheffield. Definitely not to be missed.

28th April – 16th May

Bank Street Arts

– Shaunbloodworth.com
– Sensoria

South Yorks
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This mix is the outcome of a beautiful email (below) sent to DRUMZ from a young man called J. ZOOMBA. Hailing from Spain and recently transported to South London, he wrote to tell us that amongst other things, he believes we have similar taste in music…he wasn’t wrong.

Noteably, the tracklist features artists such as Canblaster, Jamie George, French Fries & Riffs and is riddled with earworms, that I for one, have had the pleasure of feeling at some brilliant Youngunz, Club Cheval & Night Slugs nights here in Paris where D.O.T.S is currently based.

As well as being a sonic postcard of current Friday & Saturday bass orientated dancefloors, this mix is also an exciting indication of what to expect from J Zoomba’s new audio-visual night of the same name – PIRI PIRI, set to hit South London’s Amersham Arm’s on April 2. Expect great things.

Here’s the original email from J Zoomba :

I’m 22, London born, but was brought up in Spain where I started the first international Dubstep/Bass Culture nights about 4 years ago. Back then they didn’t have a clue how to take it (like most), but we kept on pushing and now its one of the main urban nights in the country.

We’ve managed to bring all types of bass heads, from Martelo and Redlight through to The Heatwave, Congo Natty, Foreign Beggars, Baobinga……… most of them for the first time in the south of Spain (we were based in Granada).

I’ve just moved back to south London a few months ago and have been working on a fresh take on the UK bass scene with a few like minded producers, trying to incorporate the Latin influence as much as we can.

We’ve started up a crew called PIRI PIRI, and we’ll also be putting on nights in south London (the first being the 2nd April). It’s mostly aimed to break down the barriers between the different UK bass scenes, and hopefully inject a bit of the unpretentious Spanish party vibe into the dance!
We’ll also be putting on documentaries before the gigs, based around the music we’re promoting (be it Baile Funk, Dancehall, Dubstep.. we’ve been speaking to this guy about putting on screenings of his mind blowing docs: http://rosforth.com/).
The venue is the Amersham Arms, and its also has a really vibesy little gallery in the top floor that we would be looking to use.
Finally, I heard Martelo’s mix you put up a few weeks back, absolutely massive. Like I said I feel we’re on a similar musical wavelength.
The mix is 1hr of jams, mostly on a skankin’ garage/funky tip, with the odd juke bootleg thrown in, a whole heap of dubs, plus some from myself and the Piri Piri mansdem!



In preparation for the launch of The D.O.T.S / Georgina Cook photography exhibition at LAVA gallery, our latest mix comes from sonic super hero MARTELO [Santogold / YoYo / EOTW]. After 6 months of tuning in to his distinctively thumpin’ production style and globally minded sets, radio shows and mixes, we’re pleased to present Martelo’s new and exclusive mix, a 64 min. snapshot of his current likes and a pure new music education for the rest of us.

D/L: http://hulkshare.com/owlb44nc5u7k

LAVA Gallery presents, Georgina Cook. Launch party 17 Feb 6-9 pm, music from Martelo and Skipple.

LAVA EVENT: http://www.lavacollective.com/010-Geo…



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