Once infamous for the bank holiday clashes between the mods & rockers. Nowadays Brighton's reputation is probably more focused on the abundance of gay bars and clubs. Like most University towns Brighton has a thriving music scene which covers a wide range of genres. So I guess it's hardly surprising there's a selection that interests myself.
A collective of musicians from Brighton and London brought together by Matt Hillier (Green Nuns Of The Revolution) which fuses prog rock with ambient electronica. Their first album "Conscious Pilot" has to go down as a modern chillout classic in my opinion. There has been two more releases since a collaboration with Ishq "About Time" and more recently "Green Nuns On Ice: The Pan Electric Variations".
How to categorise Quantic I ask myself? It's not easy with tracks ranging from downtempo electronica to tropical jazz. But one things for sure William Holland injects the funk with perfection and with singers like Alice Russell in the ever changing Quantic Soul Orchestra a live show is a must (although as William now re-sides in Colombia it maybe a while before he plays in Brighton again).
Iambic is an electro-acoustic project of Guy Andrews which fuses ambient electronica, post-rock and jazz. Initially drawing a large response from net releases Guy has found his way on to compilations and released e.p.'s under Iambic and his classical electro-acoustic project "The Moving Dawn Orchestra". His latest e.p. "Nocturnes" was released this month and if you join his mailing list you can download his e.p. "Echoes" for free.
After releasing "Black Ops" in 2004 a stunning dub-drenched reggae/hip-hop fusion featuring "Cheshire Cat" of Leftfield fame another Red Seal album hasn't yet surfaced. However, Charlie McGougan seems to be working more on re-mixes for the likes of Radiohead, Tricky, Cypress Hill and the Deadbeats as well as working with Laidback and the legendary Lee "Scratch" Perry.
Brighton's Tru Thoughts have been releasing high-quality funk, nu-jazz and latin grooves for a decade now. With acts like Quantic, Nostaliga 77, the Hot Brass 8 and veteren soul singer Spanky Wilson on their books. This is a label that lovers of Funk and Soul shouldn't ignore.
With such a thriving nightlife scene I'm sure some of my friends living locally will point out all the great promotions and venues I've ignored. However, I plucked out some that I'm aware of.
Roots Garden @ The Jazz Place http://www.myspace.com/rootsgarden
A weekly event featuring the Roots Garden soundsystem and guests acts from the world of roots and dub
Positive Sound System http://www.positivesounds.com/
I'm not sure this event is still running but had a great NYE here a few years back. Expect deep house, tech-house through a bass-shaking jamaican style sound-system.
Psychedelic Sundays @ the Volks http://www.volksclub.co.uk/
A sunday all-dayer ranging from ambient prog-trance to full on psy with dj's and live artists.
The Om Bar http://ombrighton.co.uk/sound-of-om
Brighton's answer to the Buddah Bar with combining eastern decor, cusine and chill out grooves.