Thirsty Ear with Kutmah, 7th June 2014

2 Jun

Thirsty Ear with Kutmah, 7th June 2014

When talking about Kutmah, it’s tempting to use an epithet such as “the best DJ you’ve never heard”, or “best kept secret”. But we like to think enough people know about him now to make that unnecessary.

Justin McNulty was born in Brighton, England to an Egyptian mother and Scottish father. He moved to the United States when he was 12 years old and grew up in Hollywood, California. It was here where Justin became Kutmah and ultimately made a name for himself as a talented underground artist & DJ. Kutmah became a member of LA’s dublab collective and then in 2004 he founded the celebrated clubnight ‘Sketchbook’ which forged fundamental roots of the now-infamous LA beat scene. As an associate of Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder collective, his mixtures from his time spent on the West Coast are legendary amongst those that know, and he’s also released several of his own original records – even though he’s predominantly a DJ, with foundations in hip-hop and a record collection that spans far beyond the genre.

Since his time in LA, Kutmah has relocated back to England and currently resides in London. He now holds down a show on NTS Radio, and has furthered his reputation as one of the most fearless selectors around (as well as a visual artist; his work was exhibited in the capital last year). Earlier this year BBC DJ Gilles Peterson invited him to curate the second CD in Brownswood’s (Peterson’s Label) Worldwide Family series.

Kutmah is now at it again and touring across the world, playing shows with Madlib, Saul Williams, The Gaslamp Killer, Flying Lotus, Gonjasufi, and Dabrye, while rocking festivals like Dimensions, Outlook, Soundwave, Lowlands, and more.

Thirsty Ear 9th Birthday with DJ Food, 3rd May 2014

23 Apr


Nine years… We’ve come a long way since that first event back in May 2005. Big up all the supporters that have helped us get this far! Your reward is a night with an original Ninja Tune don:

* * DJ FOOD * *
** Ninja Tune Official **

Support from Thirsty Ear DJs playing

Saturday 3rd May
The Harley
£3 in

Strictly Kev has been involved with the multi-producer DJ Food project for 20 years, being the sole remaining member for the last decade. He has DJed the world over with Food originators Coldcut and PC as well as performing 4 deck Audio Visual sets with Solid Steel radio main man DK.

From 1995’s ‘Recipe For Disaster’ onwards, he has mixed 100s of hours of audio for compilations, radio and the web using his 25+ years of DJ experience and vast record collection. He has been in the enviable position of scouring the Sesame Workshop archives in New York for an aborted mix album and being one of the only people invited to dig through Trevor Horn’s master tape collection for reissue material on the ZTT label. Whether re-scoring The Monkees’ cult classic film ‘Head’ on turntables or inviting Paul Morley to narrate a history of cut and paste music for his ‘Raiding the 20th Century’ mix, he’s most in his element when given a theme to work with.

In tandem he has enjoyed a career as chief designer for Ninja Tune since the early 90’s, running parallel with his music making. In 2010 he was responsible for the entire look and design of the Ninja Tune XX campaign and releases, including a 200+ page history book, exhibition and the lavish box set that celebrated 20 years of the label.

In 2012 he released, ‘The Search Engine’, an album whose launch party was conducted in the London Planetarium with a 50 minute 360 degree full dome visual showcase made in conjunction with their astronomers. He has now expanded this and is seeking domes to host it worldwide, already having shown it around the UK and in Montreal, Canada. The same year he teamed up with DJs Cheeba and Moneyshot to reconstruct the Beastie Boys’ ‘Paul’s Boutique’ album from the original samples, a live version of which they will be touring throughout 2014


Jive Juice, 26th April 2014

23 Apr


Get loose with the Juice!

DJs Crackerjack and Powlo bring you red hot rhythm and blues, soul, ska, mambo, calypso, exotic jazz and more on 100% vinyl for extra snap, crackle and pop!

All at one of Sheffield’s finest drinking establishments, Dada – with one of the best selections of international craft beers and rockin’ real ales in the city centre.

It’s even free to get in too, so all you need to do is dress up, bring yourself some beer bucks, get on out on the floor and let the grooves move you baby x

Peace in the Park Fundraiser, 25th April 2014

23 Apr


Come help us raise the cash to put on this year’s Peace in the Park 2014Festival! £3 donation is your entry fee, all money goes to the festival fund. Fundraisers like this ensure we will have a festival this year, so come and show your support!

With DJs:

* Shakti & Swami *

* T-Funk *
The Speakeasy / The Big Swing Sheffield

* Robbie Tribal *
The Sequoia Sound System

* Zeeni *
Vibes & Stuff

* Powlo *
Thirsty Ear / Jive Juice

Friday 25th April
The Harley
£3 donation to Peace in the Park.

Thirsty Ear with Don Letts, 5th April 2014

26 Mar

The Rebel Dread will be returning to Thirsty Ear, 4 years to the day he last graced The Harley decks!

Thirsty Ear
With Special Guest DJ
[BBC 6 Music - Culture Clash Radio]
+ Thirsty Ear DJs spinning reggae, dub, funk & soul
Saturday 5th April
The Harley
£3 in


Don Letts’ reputation has been firmly established in both the film and music world, by a substantial body of work, from the late 70’s through the 80’s, 90’s and well into the millennium. His work has been exhibited in The Kitchen N.Y.C, The Institute of Contemporary Art, The N.F.T in London and was honoured at Brooklyn’s BAM festival. In March 2003 he won a Grammy for his documentary ‘Westway To The World’.

He came to notoriety in the late 70’s as the DJ that single handedly turned a whole generation of punks onto reggae. It was whilst DJing at the first punk club ‘The Roxy’ in 1977, that Don adopted the punk D.I.Y ethic and began to make his first film ‘The Punk Rock Movie’. Shot on Super-8mm, it is the only documentary on the U.K punk scene; featuring The Sex Pistols, The Clash and many others. This led to a period directing over 300 music videos for a diverse range of artists, including Bob Marley, Elvis Costello and Beenie Man.

From the days of Punk Rock to the present, he has always been drawn towards musical projects. He created the band Basement Five, released a single with members of John Lydon’s P.I.L, managed The Slits and collaborated with members of Trouble Funk.

In the mid 80’s he formed the group ‘Big Audio Dynamite’ with Mick Jones (ex-Clash). He went on to perform and co-write four albums with B.A.D, achieving several hits on both sides of the Atlantic including the top ten hit E=Mc2.
In the early 90’s Don left B.A.D to form Screaming Target, their debut performance at The Transmusical Festival in France received rave reviews. They released one critically acclaimed album ‘Hometown Hi-Fi’.

As the ‘Dub Cartel Sound System’ he has performed DJ sets for The Rough Trade 25th Anniversary, Jarvis Cocker’s Desperate Sound System, Trojan, Lee Perry’s Meltdown, Glastonbury 2003/4 and Stussy’s 25th anniversary.

His credits as a director include a variety of films and documentaries, including ‘Dancehall Queen’, ‘Westway To The World’ and ‘PUNK: Attitude’.

Don has also released several compilation albums: 1996’s ‘Time Warp Dub Clash’ (Island Records), 2002’s ‘Dread Meets The Punk Rockers Uptown’ (Heavenly Records), 2003’s ‘Don Letts presents: The Mighty Trojan Sound’ (Sanctuary Records) and in 2004 ‘Dread Meets B-Boy Downtown’ (Heavenly Records).

In March 2007, he released his autobiography in hardback: ‘Culture Clash: Dread Meets Punk Rockers’.

Jive Juice Mardi Gras, 29th March 2014

26 Mar


So after a brief hiatus, Jive Juice is back baby! We just moved our shindig to the last Saturday of the month is all. And to celebrate Fat Tuesday a couple of weeks back, we’re bringing a little carnival vibe to your party. So let the good times roll…

DJs Crackerjack and Powlo are bringing you big New Orleans rompers and stompers, southern soul and shing-a-ling, exotic jazz, jump and jive… not forgetting those essential rocking rhythm and blues sides of course.

So dress up loud and bright, ensure the old dancing shoes are on those feet and let’s have us a ball on the bayou.

Thirsty Ear with DJ Woody, 1st March 2014

20 Feb

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• World Champion turntablist and audio visual DJ •

Lee Woodvine aka DJ Woody is one of the Worlds most respected scratch DJ’s, having amassed a collection of DJ titles (DMC, ITF, Vestax Champion). Known for his innovations, he helped Vestax design the Worlds first ever musical turntable and even had DJ Qbert ask him how to do his signature ‘Woodpecker’ scratch. Although Woody’s roots lay firmly with hip hop, musically his range spans alot wider than solely boom-bap rap. A typical DJ set can take in everything from party breaks and mash ups to hip hop, funk, disco or anything in between – “it’s just about using good music to creative a great vibe”.

Woody has worked with some of the industries most revered producers and artists, recording with the likes of Aquasky, Bomb The Bass, DJ Vadim, making up one quarter of the Ninja Tune supergroup One Self, and touring the US with Stones Throw hip-hip hero Madlib. He has written scratch music with a 25 piece big band orchestra, been tour DJ for Grammy winning hip hop star Mala Rodriguez, rocked festival crowds of up to 40 thousand and played in over 40 countries from The Nokia Theatre in Time Square to Bollywood film studio’s in the middle of Mumbai.

“One of the most creative forces in DJing the UK scene has ever produced” – The Scratch Perverts

“Woody is a DJ Demi-God against mere DJ mortals!” – DJ Yoda

Plus Thirsty Ear DJs playing funk, soul, hip-hop, beats, and more!

Saturday 1st March
The Harley
Free before 11pm
£3 after


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