There are busy weeks ahead for ultra-trendy London pub-restaurant-club Paradise by way of Kensal Green, with various special bookings providing a strong selection of live acts. April brings Neneh Cherry for a DJ set containing influences from house, garage, classic hip hop and, of course, undisputed party bangers. Trading her Buffalo Stance for a slot behind the decks on the Friday the 8th, Paradise goers will see a side to the rapper turned singer songwriter that few will be familiar with.
One week later and Neneh’s position will be assumed by Jazzie B, a man raised on funk and overflowing with soul. In 2008 the founding member of Soul II Soul was honoured as “a pioneer” and “the man who gave black British music a soul of its own”, receiving the first Inspiration award bestowed by the Ivor Novello Awards in acknowledgement of his service to British music.
Another Londoner to have contributed to a part of the city’s musical culture, dubstep innovator Plastician plays on May Day, showing off some of the tracks that helped him bring together grime and dubstep back before the two had first properly crossed paths. Like most of his fellow dubstep pioneers, Plastician is a veteran of the Croydon scene that produced Skream, Hatcha and Artwork back in the early 2000s.
Applebum and The Nextmen also head to Paradise by way of Kensal Green in May before Norman Jay arrives on Friday the 20th, once more serving up soulful classics as he dips into the kind of skanking reggae and Good Times favourites that earnt him an MBE over a decade ago.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photos courtesy of MIF