Boundary Brighton will take place for the very first time on 17th September, as the bespoke festival offers four stages of live music and DJs to bring an assortment of musical delights to the Southern coast. Backed by Mixmag, Elrow and Patterns among others, Boundary will see visits from Groove Armada, Seth Troxler, Wilkinson, Joy Orbison and plenty more. In celebration of this, we’ve picked out our top sets for those festival goers yet to make their decision on who to go and see...
A fantastic selector dealing in techno, house, garage, disco and anything else he fancies, it’s occasionally forgotten that aside from being the notorious party animal and sound lad that Jackmaster has become adored for being, he’s actually also one of the best DJs in the world. A collector with unmistakable drive for pursuit of his passion, the head of Glasgow’s Numbers label is one of the most prolific performers that the underground has seen, and if you’ve ever heard him play you’ll know exactly why.
Mr Bongo Soundsystem
Brighton-based label Mr Bongo is one of the best places to start your search for global dance music, having been uncovering and releasing “the best Brazilian, Latin, reggae, African and Jazz music” since 1989. If you’re looking for something a bit different from the usual festival fodder, seeing the Mr Bongo residents spinning their favourite tunes from around the world is a surefire way to do just that.
Running Back top dog Gerd Janson knows his way around an emotional banger, and consistently crafts most enjoyable sets thanks to his superb taste in disco, techno and all other subgenres that end in -o. Deep groovy basslines mashed together with straight-to-the-heart vocal lines have made him an adored figure at the super-cool Robert Johnson in Frankfurt, vaunted for his easy going and personable nature as well as his highly respected musical ear. A lovely man with lovely records. Lovely.
Craig David’s TS5
You know the name already, so you should know that there’s going to be a bit of garage, a bit of RnB and a whole lot of fun when Mr David brings his TS5 to town. It’s rare that a DJ puts vocals of any kind over one of his own sets, and rarer still that he’d be welcomed for doing so; Craig David will do what he wants though, so expect to hear those angelic tones.
Gentleman’s Dub Club
One of the best young groups to make it big as a dub act in recent times, Gentleman’s Dub Club are well-suited to a summery day at a festival, with their ska guitars, reggae vocals and brassy melodies offering a warmth that Boundary Brighton will hope to replicate. Real feel-good music.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photos courtesy of Deep House Amsterdam