SummaryThe acclaimed Southport Weekender album series has featured mixes from some of the world's DJ Elite including Jazzanova, Mr Scruff, Kerri Chandler, Gilles Peterson, Jazzy B, DJ Spen, Tony Humphries, Quentin Harris and many more. Having rocked the rafters of Southport Weekender 43 festival in November, versatile music heavyweights Ashley Beedle and King Britt continue the infectious party vibe with the next installment on suSU, delivering 2 fantastically eclectic mixes riddled with delightful soulful classics and contemporary dancefloor nuggets! In addition the album sports some exclusive new tracks including Ashley Beedle's Heavy Disco Edit of Peven Everett's 'Surely Shorty' and plenty of exclusives too on King Britt's mix including DJ Dozie 'Latin High', DJ Oji 'Esteban' (Mark Mendoza edit) and Glenn Lewis 'Stay With Me' (Terry Hunter dub), along with exclusive Ki8ng Britt remixes of Ursula Rucker 'Electric Santeria' and Zaki Ibrahim 'Money'.
Ashley Beedle has been involved in more projects than a US building marshal. His style is as diverse as his hometown's cultural crucible (London) and his productions have been championed by artists ranging from Danny Tenaglia to Fabio and Grooverider as well as Gilles Peterson to John Digweed. He brought house music to Notting Hill Carnival, he produced one of the first British garage tunes and his initial production as Black Science Orchestra on Junior Boys Own broke him internationally. X-Press 2's massive hit, "Lazy", an inspired collaboration with former Talking Head David Byrne, and other number one hits has meant X-Press 2's albums have travelled the globe and at the time of writing this they are currently number one on the US Billboard Club Breakouts chart, again. Ashley's remixes have ranged from pop and rock bands, little house labels; hip hop mixes, house mixes; as a solo remixer, and as part of X-Press 2. There really are too many to mention, though Elton John's number one hit "Are You Ready For Love?" and Bob Marley's "Get Up Stand Up" spring to mind. Other projects worth of mention include: Delta House Of Funk, Disco Evangelists with protege David Holmes (Ocean's 11, 12, and 13 Hollywood score master), Roots Revolution on Roger Sanchez' label, the demon dub-house of Jamayka Boys (championed by many as the first Dub Step Production), Black Jazz Chronicles, Afro Art, and, of course, the Ballistic Brothers. Similarly there are too many compilations to fit within this word count but Strut's Grass Roots series that Ashley launched has earned its place in history as well as most DJ's boxes. Ashley's ability to always stay ahead of the pack continues with his futuristic reggae inspired Warbox project (which has included chart smashing remixes for the likes of Lilly Allen), a rock techno inspired project with the Filthy Duke's Mark Ralph, called Ralph und Beedle, a blue eyed soul project called Mavis (which has already been joined by Lambchop's Kurt Wagner among others) and of course, more disco output from his moniker as London Heavy Disco Review and his label, Out Here Audio.
King Britt is a pioneer of all things soulful, rhythmically textured and melodically provocative. This Philadelphia native has found a way to escape the structures of a single category of music by expressing his creations through deep house, hip hop, broken beat, nu-jazz, funk and afro-tech. Whether it's film scoring for Hollywood, rocking a dancefloor in Tokyo or consulting for the leading urban lifestyle brands, there are no limits to what King Britt will do next. King began his career in music as E-Culture, producing the underground hit 12-inch, "Tribal Confusion (Strictly Rhythm, 1990)". After touring Europe's dance clubs, King became DJ for the Grammy Award-winning Digable Planets in 1992. While touring the globe with Digable, King continued to develop his love of the dance music culture and made appearances in house music clubs all over the world, setting the stage for his planetary DJ career. He continues to deliver performances as a house, hip hop, funk and even 80's DJ, to adoring fans the world over. As a band leader and music director, King Britt heads up the Sylk130 collective in 1994, with top notch Philadelphia musicians and performers, including Ursula Rucker, Alma Horton, Doc Gibbs, Chuck Treece and Alison Crockette. The group has released two full length LPs, "When the Funk Hits the Fan (Ovum/ Sony, 1988)" and "Re-Members Only (Six Degrees , 2001)."