DJ Crash & Burn lives in London, and plays funk 45's, rare groove, disco-breaks, boogaloo beats & hip hop at venues across London.
His monthly residency "Supraphon" at the Vibe bar attracts around 1000 people for a festival of fun-loving block party hip-hop and old school breaks with dancehall-soul, funk-crunk, drum & bass, & disco-roots across two rooms. Supraphon is on the fourth Saturday of the month.
Crash & Burn's weekly residency at the Kinky Mambo in Islington, "Hot Buttered Honky Tonk" is a night of rare as hen's teeth funk 45's, barrio beats, and super rare groove. The night is co-hosted by New York's finest DJ Ramon Santana. For those in the know this night is one of the coolest events in London attracting a bohemian crowd of misfits and late night lovers.
Every Sunday afternoon you can catch Simon at the Vibe Bar where you can hear all the original breaks used in hip hop and then some. Check out the excellent markets at Brick Lane and Spitalfields befrore joining him for a sup and a little sofa surfing in one of London's longest running chill-out clubs. From groovy jazz to psychedelic dancers, from disco to underground funk & soul, "The Sunday Hoe Down" is a great hangout now in it's 8th year.
Crash & Burn's newest residency is "Revenge of the Disco Beat" on the second Thursday of the month at the Kinky Mambo club in Islington. Expect the sound of 70's New York. Think Paradise Garage, Danceteria and West End records. From Disco to Boogie via rare Groove and under-ground Breaks this is the sound of yesteryear reinterpreted as the sound of now!
Simon has recently released his first tune on the compilation "The Sound of Brick Lane" as Velvet Cut featuring Lyn Gerald.
Simon has been DJing since 1991 With community arts group Project X lunacy in the early 90's, he cut his teeth on illegal outdoor acid house parties - playing to ravers in caves.
As co-founder of the best thing ever to hit Leeds, 'It's Obvious' at the Leeds Warehouse Simon teamed up with DJ Rich Williams. A great musical partnership was formed - creating a party atmosphere with hip hop breaks & beats and crazy party tracks on three decks. Crash & Burn played alongside DJs & Acts including Jon Carter, DJ Food, Ronnie Size, Aphex Twin & Squarepusher and helped to establish some of these acts in the north of England as well as promoting the Big Beat scene.
|The Vibe Bar (London)||Supraphon||Monthly|
|The Vibe Bar (London)||Sunday Hoe Down||Weekly|
|Kinky Mambo (London)||Let's Get Down to the Nitty Gritty||Fortnightly|
|Islington Bar & Dining House||Get Busy||Fortnightly|
|South Bank University (London)||Friday||Weekly|
|Smithfields (London)||Rogues Gallery||Monthly|
|The Rhythm Factory (London)||EEL||Monthly|
|The Warehouse (Leeds)||Its Obvious||Weekly|
|The Rocket||Student Events||Monthly|
|(Nationwide)||UK Air Guitar Championships||Monthly|
|West Indian Centre (Leeds)||Project X||Monthly|
|Queens Hall (Bradford)||Activate||Monthly|
|Love Apple (Bradford)||The Bomb||Monthly|
|Some Previous Guest DJ Sets:|
|Nitsa Club (Barcelona)||Kontraband|
|Muffathalle Cafe (Munich)||Wax HiFi|
|Brick Lane (London)||The Brick Lane Festival|
|Domagk (Munich)||Attick Attack|
|Brixton Telegraph (London)||Sans Frontiers|
|Golden Hill Fort (I.O.W.)||The Fort|
|The Faversham (Leeds)||Fresh Jive|
|Camden Palace (London)||Paraiso|
|Herbal (London)||Rude Girl Rock|
|The Boardwalk (Manchester)||Trash Pop|
|The Music Factory (Leeds)||Project X|
|Crash and Burn are three deck cut'n'paste titans, with a perverse sense of humour. Splicing Prince or Australian rockers INXS to some strangely suitable beats is how they get their kicks. One day the whole of Britain will love them for it. Funky Beats legends like Jon Carter, Ninja Tunes and Moving Shadow are all regulars here but it's Crash & Burn's frantic noise that really sets the night apart. They start off sprinkling sonic confetti over ragga tinged drum'n'bass then, out of nowhere, the Sex Pistol's "Anarchy in the UK" skids across ferocious beats. From there, they spin into a multiple pile-up of flexing, funky hip hop, beats and phat, squelching basslines. The melodies and classic tunes are never far away though, and "I need a miracle" and "20 seconds to comply" soon come hurtling from the mix. Everyone takes a minute out to go "Wow!"|
|The irreverent and rather brilliant Crash & Burn skip boundaries marked 'cool' / 'uncool' and genres as if they didn't know they existed. With scant regard for convention they meld jungle, techno, beatz, hip hop and even the odd 80's pop hits. A recipe for cheap laughs? Think again, they never forsake the funk. The most exciting thing to hit Yorkshire since the Vikings.|
|A melange of mad beatz and madder Entertain-ment hysterical clubbing sweat yourself into a frenzy with the wildly eclectic grooves of Crash & Burn. At a time when all this Beatz thing is in danger of becoming daftly predictable, DJ Crash & Burn remains one step ahead by taking the notions of clubbing further than anyone else|
|DJ Crash & Burn is on it for Leeds. A guar-anteed fun fest - see you there.|
|For the past 18 months, Crash & Burn has been impishly subverting club dancefloors. Part happy accident, part ruthless design, Crash & Burn is making noises the crowd expect to get what they don't expect to get, which is just as well, because they usually get it.|
|Leading from the front. Not so much a DJ set as a piece of performance art in which you are invited to participate pure class!|
|Never fear, Crash & Burn is here to swashbuckle your winter blues away. Yeeee Haarrr!|
|One of the most annoying things about going club-bing is the way most DJ's offer only one type of music. This is fine if just techno, 70's or jungle are your thing, but It's Obvious stands out for its variety.|
|A hybrid of countless influences something that has never been done before.|
|Crash & Burn played thundering hiphop freestyle
which was much more funky and fun than I ex-pected. Another blow against
four-four fascism, I think.
From Deborah Lyndsey's "Spells & Incantations" at the outset, this CD casts a spell on you with it's insistent rhythms and sexy tunes. From Serge Gainsbourg's "Cargo Culte", mellow beats with salacious French lyrics and groovy psychedelia to The Outlaw Blues Band's "Deep Gully" as used by Cypress Hill, you are intoxicated by this wacked out exotic blues excursion. George Benson's fab ode to weed, "Cheeba Cheeba" and the inimitable Dr John's GrisGris voodoo set the tone. Then comes the classic "Get Out of My Life Woman" by Lee Dorsey with a rare instrumental reprise leading to the uplifting jazz rhythms of Cannonball Adderley. There are over £1000 worth of tunes on this CD, a funky floorshaking mix of underground soul and deep funk. From Lou Garno's super rare jazz breaks excursion,"Chicken in a Basket" to Eugene Blacknell's storming funk guitar workout,"The Trip", it's a corker with some of the best beats around. Barbara Randolph's "Can I get a Witness" is a jumping Motown track which is bound to get you tapping your feet or maybe jumping around the room like a mad thing. Margo Thunder and the Ikettes groove you out with femme funk bliss - the perfect complement for Wayne Carter's Bluesy R&B "Wahoo Wahoo". All the People's "Cramp Your Style" is one of the finest breaks around as sampled by BDP's on "I'm still no1". Dancefloor funky hammond at its best. Solid grooves and great riffs come from some of the best players in latin jazz. From the stone funk classic "Pearl Baby Pearl" by Benny Poole, this CD just doesn't look back. Dick Hyman's "Memphis Two Step" is a groovy dancefloor mover and Grant Green's "Let the Music Take Your Mind" is a head banging drum workout with great musicality. By the time you get to Jimmy Smith's "Got My Mojo Working" the tempo is almost drum and bass and boy does this man know how to have a rinse out session! The CD is rounded off with the latin jazz of Ray Barretto & Mongo Santamaria's "Jungle Bit" - unstoppable. A mix of Classic Breaks with a Psychedelic feel together with Indian Vibes and proto-electronica, this CD starts out with the classic “EVA” by Jean Jacques Perrey, a down tempo Moog Monster Mash and develops into the heavily percussive “Scorpio” by Dennis Coffey. There are rock moments here too, with the classic sampled “Johnny the Fox” by Thin Lizzy. The Latter half of the CD is mainly sitar and tabla driven funk such as Ananda Shankar’s Frenetic “Jungle Symphony” and the Beatles underground classic “Tomorrow Never Knows”. The CD culminates with a tribal feel epitomised by Can’s classic Acid Bongo Workout “I Want More.” David Axelrod's classic "Holy Thursday" (sampled by DJ Shadow) sets the tone with his groovy orchestral arrangements and funky funky beats. Then get down to one of the best versions of "Light my Fire" ever written and ease out to a funky Afro and New Orleans influenced climax with The Daktaris "Musicawa Silt" and The Explosions "Hip Drop". To cap it all there is the excellent rare funk of Alvin Cash's "Stone Thing" one of the best funk instrumentals of all time. If you want a nice party warm up set or just fancy a bit of sofa surfing this is the one for you. This CD is the sound of early Sunday mornings. A gentle mix of sister funk and classic mellow disco soul with a harmonic vibe to ease you into the day. From the classic "Be Thankful For What You've Got" covered by Massive Attack to the super sister soul of Vera Hamilton's "G.S.T.S.K.T.D.S." and the mellow sexy grooves of the Chakachas' "Jungle Fever", the tunes keep coming on this CD.Skull Snaps "It's a New Day" says it all... 'A new day and a better day coming'. Creative Source's "You Can't Hide Love" is a rare groove classic, infectious and hugely catchy with great arrangements and fab lyrics to bug out to. Supraphon Admission: Free until 8 £3.50 after Time: 8 - 1 AM Frequency: Fourth Saturday of Every Month The Vibe Bar 91 - 95 Brick Lane, Whitechapel, E2 Tel: 020 72473479 Super Disco Breaks, Booty Shakers and Bouncy XXX Bass abound when DJ Crash & Burn is joined by the excellent Ramon Santana and Tommy 2 Bob for his monthly Supraphon rinse out session. Arrive early to avoid the queue. Hot Buttered Honky Tonk Admission: Free Time: 9 - 2 am Frequency: Every Wednesday Kinky Mambo 144 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 Tel: 020 77046868 Rare Groove, Funk 45s, and Latin Boogaloo for those in the know.There's a a bohemian crowd of misfits and lovers of the 2 a.m. drop at this festival of fun featuring DJ Crash & Burn on rotation with New York's finest, DJ Ramon Santana. Revenge of the Disco Beat Admission: Free Time: 9 - 2 am Frequency: Second Thursday of the Month Kinky Mambo 144 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 Tel: 020 77046868 From Disco to Boogie with a hint of classic funk, this is the sound of 70'sNew York. Think Paradise Garage, Danceteria and West End Records...There's always a stylish crowd who know a classic tune when they hear it. Brick Lane Festival Sunday, 11 September 2005 Admission: Free Time: 12 - 7:30pm The Vibe Bar 91 - 95 Brick Lane, Whitechapel, E2 Tel: 020 72473479 The Brick Lane Festival Line up is a scorcher this year with 3 music stages: Rock, Dance and Outdoor stage with Vincent Vincent & the Villains, Petra Jean Phillipson, Prints of Whales, Son of Dave hosted by DJ Crash & Burn.
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