Cool & Deadly started life in 2007 as a club night at Fabric and has since gone on to host it’s own tent at the Glade festival. The opening remit for the project was to explore music where “The backbone is dub and the body is bass”. Guest DJ’s alongside Tayo have included the likes of Digital Mystikz, Skream, Oris Jay, Drop The Lime, Iration Steppas, Freq Nasty, Buraka Som Systema, and Trojan Sound System.
The Cool & Deadly imprint, launching May 2008, will aim to continue where the night left off, by releasing music for those DJs (and enthusiasts) who have an appreciation for BASS MUSIC in all its forms. The aim of the label is to explore all the music that falls into the space between breaks, dubstep, dub, garage and beyond.
Tayo is an internationally renowned DJ of ten years. He is a resident DJ at Fabric and a purveyor of bass music (as showcased on his “Fabric Live 32” mix – winner of ‘Best Compilation’ at DJ Mag’s Best Of British Awards). In 2000 Tayo started Mob Records, one of the first pioneering breakbeat labels and early home for the Stanton Warriors, and released classic records by artists like Rennie Pilgrem, and Beber & Tamra, as well as the first Plump DJs mix album.
“Working with Skool Of Thought will be great, as we have always talked about similar tastes in music. The label will explore the space between all of our influences, pushing a sound that we believe in and tearing up as many bass speakers as possible along the way” enthuses Tayo ahead of the first set of releases.
Lloyd Seymour aka Skool Of Thought is another long time veteran of the underground music scene. He is label boss of arguably the most consistent breaks label, ‘Against The Grain’, home to Krafty Kuts, Freestylers, Deekline & Wizard and of course Skool Of Thought. He recently released his debut album ‘Random Acts Of Kindness’ with studio partner Ed Solo, which received rave reviews across the board from the music press. Skool Of Thought is also promoter and resident DJ at the legendary mid week club night SuperCharged, bringing breaks and bass to Brighton for a packed weekly session.
“Tayo has been one of the most consistent DJs at my club over the years, he’s never one to follow a crowd and has always pushed the boundaries” comments Skool Of Thought. “We share a common ground for the need to push breaks and bass orientated music forward. We’re prepared to go left of centre and that’s why we have formed Cool & Deadly records”.
Cool & Deadly is the result of many discussions held late into the night, by two people getting very excited about the slew of new music out there, who shared a desire to play an active part in getting it all heard. Established artists like Bassbin Twins will rub shoulders with new artists like Romanian sensation TRG, West Country Dubateers Black Canvas, as well as new music from the two label bosses. Many more exciting projects will be announced over the coming months, but for now a bass loving public can look forward to the following to get things started….right!