Mr Scruff at Queens Social Club, 20.03.15

Signed to Ninja Tune since 1998, and the host of his own tent at Big Chill since 2010, Mr. Scruff is famed for his all-night-long DJ sets, cheerfully spanning blues, jazz, soul, funk, 60s R&B, disco, boogie, deep house, reggae, ska, rocksteady, dancehall, electronica, electro, hip hop, African, Latin, drum & bass, breakbeat and more.

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Over the years, his Keep It Unreal sessions and tireless gigging have bolstered his standing as a passionate digger and collector and an unrivalled selector of the good stuff.

As a producer, he makes music that draws on these influences, with a large dose of cheek and good humour and the addition of his own animated illustrations.

His albums Trouser Jazz (2002), Keep It Solid Steel (2004), and Ninja Tuna (2008) cemented Scruff’s rep as a premium freaker of frequencies, the latter featuring collaborations with the likes of Quantic, Danny Breaks, Alice Russell, Andreya Triana, Pete Simpson, Kaidi Tatham and Roots Manuva.

After receiving a mighty nudge by the giant elbow of Ninja, the majority of 2013 was spent in the studio recording new album Friendly Bacteria, featuring Denis Jones, Matthew Halsall, Phil France, Vanessa Freeman & Robert Owens.

Tickets are onsale now from the website or in person with no booking fee from The Harley venue box office. Over 18s only, more on the door. No refunds will be issued for incorrectly booked tickets.

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H. Hawkline at The Harley – 06.02.15

Born in Cardiff and raised in Prestatyn, Huw Hawkline was formerly co-presenter of S4C’s flagship music-show Bandit (alongside Radio 1’s Huw Stephens). The twenty-nine year-old recorded three albums in his native country before taking flight for a life in L.A. late in 2013.

The effect of the relocation on Hawkline’s music is total. Recorded in Seahorse Sound Studios just off Skid Row and produced by long-time cohort, fellow Welsh émigré and musical maven/genius Cate le Bon, In The Pink Of Condition is “strange pop” (words borrowed from Huw): a controlled explosion of lazer-guided guitar melody and whip smart bi-lingual wordplay.

From the scratchy proto-disco ‘Everybody’s On The Line’ to the haunted saloon bar rattle of ‘In Love’ and the demented strut of ‘Moddion’ (Welsh for medicine), it’s a record that clearly feels the benefits of good weather.

That said, Wales is in there too, through weather smudged-windows of ‘Rainy Summer’ (“Head full of crashing waves on dog mouth dunes”) and ‘Concrete Coloured Clothes’ (which paints a picture of a place “where slate grows slow”).

His first album proper for Heavenly Recordings, it folds the space between a pinched grey seaside town in North Wales and the bleached-out wide-open spaces of L.A.

Friday 6th February
H. Hawkline
The Harley
£5.00 advance, more on the door
Advance tickets available in person with no booking fee from the venue box office

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Independent Venue Week 15: Songhoy Blues at The Harley, 27.01.15

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We’re delighted to announce that we will be taking part in Independent Venue Week 2015, celebrating all that is great and good in the world of indie music haunts. The project is made possible with the support of Arts Council England, and is now in its second year.

For the Harley leg of the project, we welcome the wonderful Songhoy Blues back to Sheffield, following their excellent performance at Millennium Galleries during Tramlines 2014. The Malian band were part of the Africa Express project, collaborating with Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Nick Zinner and others, and are now signed to Transgressive.

Tickets for the show are onsale now here, or in person with no booking fee from the venue box office.

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Songhoy Blues were born in the Malian capital Bamako in the spring of 2012, when Garba Touré joined forces with some other musician friends from the north after fleeing the conflict-torn region, and decided to form a band

“Songhoy” because Garba Touré, lead vocalist Aliou Touré and second guitarist Oumar Touré, although unrelated to each other – Touré is as common as Smith or Jones in northern Mali – all belong to the Songhoy people, one of the main ethnicities in the north.

And “Blues” not only because northern Mali is the cradle of the blues and its music is often referred to as “the desert blues”, but also because Garba and his mates are obsessed by that distant American cousin of their own blues, “my father used to make me listen to Jimi Hendrix who I love.” Garba’s father is Oumar Touré, who played congas for Mali’s guitar legend, Ali Farka Touré.

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Listen: The Weekend Starts Here – Ibibio Sound Machine

Heads up: it’s recommended listening time.

Every week, the guys at The Harley ask one of our upcoming acts to put together a playlist or mix of the songs that are guaranteed to get them in the mood for a party.

We’re very happy to reveal that this week’s exclusive #weekendstartshere playlist is curated by the truly brilliant Ibibio Sound Machine.

To get us firmly in the mood for what’s sure to be a very special live show on Thursday 13th November, they’ve kindly assembled edition 007 of the Harley’s weekend warm-up playlist, drawing upon the kind of irresistible array of afrobeat and worldly funk that they themselves will be bringing to the stage on Thursday night.

Click the image below for this week’s #weekendstartshere pressie:
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Zun Zun Egui at The Harley, 5th March

Formed in Bristol in late 2008 by Mauritian guitarist and singer Kushal Gaya and Japanese keyboard player Yoshino Shigihara, experimental outfit Zun Zun Egui will play The Harley in March 2015 around the release of their second full-length album Shackles’ Gift (Bella Union).

The band’s name came from Yoshino, who saw term Zun Zun Egui on a trip to the Basque Country and realised that it sounded exactly like the Japanese words for “Fast Fast Weird”. (They would later find out it was Basque for a group of trees.)

A love for experimentation, free jazz, fusion, DIY culture, throwing parties and playing wild shows led them to create a recognisable Zun Zun Egui sound which included (amongst many other things) tropicalia, punk funk, Afrobeat, Ethio jazz and no wave.

All of these varied disciplines were marshalled to produce their debut “Katang” on Bella Union – one of the most exciting debut LPs of 2011.

Even for a band as exploratory as Zun Zun Egui, the step up in terms of songwriting and inspiration since “Katang” is astounding and, in the words of label Bella Union, “it is already clear that Shackles’ Gift is one of the most unique and thrilling records that will be released in 2015″.

Thursday 5th March 2015
The Harley
Advance tickets: £7.00, more on the door

Tickets available here or in person with no booking fee from the venue
No refunds will be issued for incorrectly booked tickets

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