For quite some time now, Kevin Griffiths has been filling venues to the brim, with eager House Music enthusiasts. Over the last 10 years, his Issst parties have taken in globetrotters, like Tiefschwarz and Simian Mobile Disco, who came down to play in the underground playground, that Kevin and Bobby Mutraporn created, for London’s sheer delight.
In 2006, Kevin took a side step into label management. He set up his Tsuba imprint, a label that focuses on outings to the Deeper side, of the House Music genre. Releases such as Moodymanc’s “Black Paint” and Ethyl & Huxley’s “Reflections”, have rightfully pushed Tsuba, to the Beatport top tens. Meanwhile, leading Deep House DJs, such as Jimpster and Deetron, consistently show tastemaker support.
But having spread the Tsuba vibe across the digital world, Kevin has been keen to reinstate it’s physical foothold in 2012. So in February, he launched the first in a series of Tsuba label parties, at secret locations, in East London. Fast forward to May and we’re now looking forward, to seeing the label boss play alongside, Huxley and Steffi.
If you haven’t been hiding under a rock for the past 12 months, then you’ll know that Huxley is the man, currently riding the Deep House zeitgeist, with top releases like ’Shower Scene’ and‘Let It Go’. Live, he is known for tight mixing and seamless blends. Next up, Kevin Griffiths is guaranteed to draw on those infamous A&R skills, to pick out tasty Tsuba cuts. And last, but by no means least, Ostgut Ton’s Steffi, will step up to deliver her infinitely deep, hypnotic grooves, that propel punters to jack into an abstract world, of twisted synth licks.
The trio will no doubt hype up the crowd, into a 4/4 frenzy. Revellers can also look forward to an enthusiastic atmosphere, populated by clued up clubbers, if previous Tsuba events, are anything to go by.
Throwing parties at secret locations, may not jettison club nights into the warm light of mystique, in the same way that it has done previously. But something about the raw edge of it, is still irresistible and where better to get your head nod on, than at a Tsuba showcase. This night is guaranteed to be one of the highlights of the month. Not to be missed.
By Carlos Martín