The Playground Turns 5

On it’s 5th birthday, party pioneers The Playground present a night fused with French Electro and Future Bass by assembling some of the hottest producers revolutionising electronic music for one night only at Camden Town’s infamous Koko on Saturday 10th November.

London, United Kingdom, October 03, 2012 --( With the current explosion of future bass and the continual world dominance of French Electro, The Playground plans to showcase some of main characters currently playing their part to this surge of ground-breaking electronic music.

Despite its audacious title, future bass is by no means a new sound but more of a nostalgic nod to the sounds of the past. Heavily inspired by deep house and the mainstream popularity of UK Garage in the late 90s, future bass has taken to the dancefloors across the country like a dog in heat. Artists such as Girl Unit, Disclosure, Eats Everything, Mosca and Kidnap Kid have provided a deeper exploration into the garage sound and with well respected radio DJs such as Annie Mac and Pete Tong championing the music, there is no better time to pull this sound from the underground and onto the glittering Koko stage.

Fresh from mixing his own brand of French Electro with Todd Edwards’ classic old school Garage, Surkin will be blasting his revolutionary brand of future bass at Koko on 10th November. Demonstrated in his remix of Edd’ ‘I Want You Back’, SURKIN mixes up a heavy electronic influence from the French electronic scene, with the grainy production of the US Garage legend. This vibrant, diverse and dynamic approach to remixing is a typical example of the artists they are looking to expose and celebrate.

Although it’s been a while since the French were dominating the UK charts with artists like Daft Punk, Stardust and Cassius, the scene has never been more alive as the French electro sound has grown into an absolute monster. Pushed onwards by the Ed Banger Records label, the French Electro scene has brought us some incredible talent including Se, Justice, Mr Oizo, Kavinsky and many more. Showing that while our DJs are looking for influence in the past, the French have found it in the future.

The rise of future bass is simply the latest phase in musical fashion. Much like the sound of Dubstep was formed in a community in South London, Future Bass has its home in the east, with producers like Mosca, Hackman and Jamie XX as the landlords. Now the genre has broken free and contaminating clubs and festivals throughout 2012.

The Playground sees this so called ‘2-step’ as becoming the much-needed antidote to the exhausted, modulating bass wobbles that Dubstep has provided over the past 4 years. Dubstep, though having run its course, has provided many producers with the need to create some feel good grooves that Future Bass is all about, with tracks such as Mosca’s ‘Bax’ or Surkin’s ‘I Want You Back’ proving the potential this music has on the UK music scene.

On it’s 5th birthday, The Playground returns for their final epic show of the year on Saturday 10th November @ Koko London to feature the transformation of Electro and Garage music into the sounds of Future Bass.

Koko can be found at 1a Camden High Street, London, NW1 7JE. Doors open at 9pm and tickets are on sale now via

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