Soundwave Croatia has announced the addition of drum and bass trailblazer LTJ Bukem, jungle revolutionary Congo Natty and Sonar Kollektiv heads Jazzanova to this year’s lineup, boosting an already diverse bill with yet more variety in order to achieve the desire of creating a festival representing those elements of dance music more seldom heard across the Croatian festivals. Joining names like Pharoahe Monch, Mala, Craig Charles, Fatima & The Eglo Band, Romare and Gentleman’s Dub Club for the holiday in Tisno, the new three will be hoping to receive a welcome as warm as the Croatian summer sun.
LTJ Bukem has been plying his trade for a good few decades, associated with a form of dnb that leans heavily on jazz and holds a more atmospheric quality than other subdivisions. Rising to fame as a rave DJ during the 1990s, Bukem challenged the ADHD pace that many of his contemporaries defaulted to, instead introducing a more ambient and “intelligent” side to the genre. Able to call on a mix of the more rave-orientated side of the genre as well as the warmer, more melodic side that he specialised in as a producer, Bukem has the power to adapt his DJ sets to whatever mood arises. Much the same can be said of jungle and dub specialist Congo Natty, who flits between ragga, dub and reggae in his expert jungle sets.
As producers, DJs and the men behind Berlin’s Sonar Kollektiv, Jazzanova also know a thing or two about a thing or two. Usually specialising in a fairly stripped down, open sound, their tastes refine jazz, house, hip hop and funk, often focussing on silky nu-jazz instrumentation, funk-laden grooves and Latin rhythms. They’ll take to the water on the Friday as they join Manu & Ando, Russ Ryan, Tappa and Mentú at the Tuckshop Sunset boat party, playing from an extraordinary selection of records as the legendary boat “The Argonaughty” sits on the perfect Adriatic azure.
Perched on the Dalmatian coastline, The Garden Resort plays home to the festival from Thursday 4th of August until Monday 8th, with parties held under tree canopies, by the beach and on the sea. Opening up with a Dub to Jungle party on The Argonaughty on the Thursday and closing with Dan Shake and co on the Sunday evening, the festival promises the best in everything from broken beat, reggae and afro to acid jazz, hip-hop, soul, funk and dnb.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photos courtesy of LTJ Bukem