High in a Basement

Art & Culture


Dave Congreve (Leftroom / RGC) and Rob Mello (Classic / Disco 45) don’t want to re-invent the wheel – they just want to get people dancing to the best tunes they can muster. ‘High In A Basement’ is all about friends –old and new – getting together with a soundtrack provided by two of London’s finest DJs.
They’re keeping this one low-profile – the recently-opened venue, 95 Kingsland High Street, is an intimate Dalston bunker that’s perfect for an under-the-radar party. Come because you know these boys can be trusted – those labels in brackets aren’t just window dressing, after all…
?'House is more than a genre – it's a feeling that we have about so many records we love…..just
?as long as it feeds the groove on the dancefloor'
(Dave Congreve)
That’s the music policy – ‘house’ but in the loosest sense. The night is named for a classic jazz album (and also for a 90s Heavenly compilation, as named by our own Rob Mello), but it’s deliberately vague so that there are no ties to any one sound. Dave and Rob used to turn it out every Sunday at T Bar’s ‘Dig Your Own Rave’ with just the same freestyle approach to DJing – and after a couple of years without a London residency, that’s just the kind of vibe they want to get back.
Guesting at the party will be Jonny Rock, another London DJ stalwart whose bond with the residents stretches from playing alongside them at ‘Dig Your Own Rave,’ plus his time spent working at Black Market, Phonica and the other noted record emporiums. Expect house, disco and a maybe even a slice of Turkish funk from Mr Rock. If there’s any better underground party DJ in town, Dave and Rob don’t know them…
Dave Congreve and Rob Mello (residents / co-founders)
Jonny Rock (guest)
Friday 14th December
95 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB (the door is beside Voodoo Ray’s pizza parlour – no signage as yet, so announce yourself to the doormen!)
£5 (No online sales for this one, so it’s door or list – details below)