London based events brand and record label Singularity seem to have recently catapulted to the top of the drum and bass scene. They started out in 2019, under the name Stealth London, with their first event taking place at The Waiting Room in Stoke Newington. They have now found their home at Grow Tottenham, with a weekly event running every Wednesday throughout the summer.
Drum and bass events certainly feel oversaturated at times, with a lack of variety within the lineups and crowds will often have to endure hearing the same song played multiple times in one night. However, Singularity have nailed keeping their events exciting and innovative as well as hosting white label only nights where you won’t hear the same song twice…
White label only events are nothing new, but it is definitely a refreshing approach to have in the current scene. Yet, this perspective is paired with a sense of nostalgia, emulating the wistfulness of 90s warehouse parties. Another aspect that makes them stand-out is the focus on their visuals and it is clear that they put a lot of time into this, with event flyers featuring a narrative, going far beyond just listing the line-up.
One of their most recent events saw Nicky Blackmarket play a vinyl-only set. It was was evident that people were there solely for the music and the crowd was one of the most charismatic seen in while. The dancing was incredibly intense, with circles forming for people to show off their fancy footwork and the least amount of phones seen on the dancefloor in quite some time.
Their nights don’t stop at drum and bass however, taking a journey throughout the whole spectrum of UK genres, from garage, grime to breakbeat and hardcore. The same goes with their label, releasing a wide variety of songs under different genres from Guido YZ, Lovellious, GR and Fendi-K to name a few – these are certainly producers you should keep your eye on.
Fans of old school drum and bass will appreciate tracks like ‘Right Here’ by Guido YZ and Lovellious’ ‘Junglin Guy’. The latter samples Jocelyn Brown’s ‘Somebody Else’s Guy’ in a really clever way and Singularity is definitely the label to peruse if you would like to hear samples used in impressive ways. Some of the tracks are also reminiscent of Clipz’s productions from the 90s, with that distinct, recognisable bassline heard in tracks like ‘Cocoa’ and ‘Start The Car’.
Singularity are definitely bringing the old-school sentiment back within the scene – if you haven’t been to one of their events, we highly recommend that you do so.
Catch their next event at Grow Tottenham on Wednesday 25th August. Sign up for guestlist here.