We at Staycation Live central are very happy to announce the awesome Allergies will be opening up Staycation Live Festival at this years launch party on Friday the 2nd of August.
Since forming in 2012 The Allergies have made it their mission to reshape funky vintage sounds for the modern dance-floor.
Both skilled turntablists in their own right, and known for their 45 only vinyl sets, the duo of DJ Moneyshot & Rackabeat first bonded over their love of classic hip-hop and beats, then decided to pool their knowledge and skills into making their own music.“We like breaks, funky bass lines, horns, and dance-floor grooves. We’re inspired by the golden eras of funk, soul, disco and hip-hop, and we try and cram that into three and a half minutes”.
In 2015 they were snapped up by Jalapeno Records, and dropped their debut album, As We Do Our Thing, a year later. On release it gained ‘Album of the Day’ status on 6 Music, and became the bestselling hip-hop album in the iTunes and Juno charts.Along the way they’ve racked up two ‘Tune of the Month’ awards in Mixmag, topped download charts, and helped headline the BBC 6 Music festival in their native Bristol last year.
The LP took in all their funk, soul, disco, hip-hop and breakbeat influences, and featured guest vocals from HypeMan Sage, BluRum13 and Ugly Duckling’s Andy Cooper, who mesmerized in lead single/video, Rock Rock.
The Allergies’ second album Push On charged up the UK’s official indie album charts on its debut and became album of the week on Juno. The singles started racking up serious plays on BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio 2 in the UK as well as across Europe, with a second 6Music ‘Album of The Day’ and a coveted ‘Album of the Year’ award to crown things off in 2017. Not to mention a feature in national paper – The Observer and another album of the year award from Juno Records.
Ugly Duckling frontman Andy Cooper has been a co-writer and performer on several of the album tracks in a fruitful relationship which has seen the LA resident touring regularly with The Allergies to add some lyrical science to their DJ shows.
We’re very happy to be able to add the multi-talented instrumentalist, DJ and producer Flevans, along with his live band, to the bill for Staycation Live Saturday. Playing an eclectic yet accessible style that straddles the genres of funk, breaks, soul and electronica, his musical career took off when a demo tape assembled on an old four-track (whilst the producer should have been attending lectures at veterinary college) made its way to Rob Luis. Impressed, he immediately signed the project up to the renowned Tru Thoughts imprint for a string of EPs on the label. Settling in alongside label mates Bonobo and Quantic, Flevans found his feet quickly with his first three 12” releases on the label selling out in record time.
Flevans’ early work showcased a love of classic funk and soul, contemporary beats and an ear for sunny, uplifting samples – and it was soon clear that animal care’s loss was going to be the music world’s gain…
Taking a break from production duties for a few months, Flevans picked up his bass guitar and joined the Steve Lamacq-championed downtempo band – Backini for a whirlwind few months of touring. Chalking up gigs at high profile venues and festivals he played Glastonbury and The Big Chill as well as recording live sessions at Abbey Road and Maida Vale.
Influenced by the live experience, Flevans’ following studio album ‘Unfabulous’ (Jack To Phono) saw him experimenting with a blend of his signature samples and live instrumentation. This naturally led to his third studio album ’27 Devils’ being his first totally sample-free LP (he played keys, bass, guitars, percussion and even lent a few vocal snippets) and also his first work collaborating with vocalists Sarah Scott and Shona Foster. The album was quickly snapped up by Tru Thoughts who soon after released an accompanying remix LP which featured remixes from the likes of Lack Of Afro and Regal.
Spanning his 4 studio albums (and one remix LP) to date, Flevans has DJ’ed across the globe with no less than 5 visits to North America and Asia to appease those hungry for his raw sets, whilst high profile syncs with Nokia, BSkyB, DFS & ESPN also showed a ravenous appetite for his sounds on the screen as well as in the flesh.
2016’s LP ‘A Distant View’ (LOA Records) saw a return to his roots showcasing an array of instrumental funk, soul and downtempo tracks which displayed his compositional and multi-instrumental confidence. One of the key tracks from the album, ‘Reach Out’ featured on the Craig Charles Funk & Soul compilation and had music sites such as ‘Rock With This’ saying “’Reach Out’ is funk at its finest. Think Galactic, The Meters, Sly & The Family Stone, Funkadelic. He’s the Kirkland brand of music. Every bit as good as the name brands, but flies under the radar. The energy on this one is palpable….”
Long considered a member of the extended family, 2018 saw Flevans arrive at his spiritual home of Jalapeno Records. Signing his 5thLP ‘Part-Time Millionaire’ the release sees him furthering his trajectory of song-led compositions, including more collaborations than ever with the talented Elliott Cole, Laura Vane, Sarah Scott, and Izo FitzRoy all lending their vocals to the record.
He sums the record and his approach up best with his own words: “The title ‘Part-Time Millionaire’ is a reflection of where I’m at right now – I’ve juggled writing this album with trying being the best dad I can to my two young kids – both of those things make me incredibly happy, but it’s a difficult balance and you don’t always feel you are able to devote yourself to either as much as you would like! I guess the title reflects how little time we have to do all the things we want but also how many positive things we can achieve!”
“I’m always working to make an album that takes the listener on a journey, and hope that people enjoy it from start to finish….but the most important thing for me is simply for the listener to feel something positive when they hear it. I read a really interesting article from another producer that said you can work day and night to perfect your production, getting everything absolutely perfect, but there’s no point if people don’t actually feel something when they listen to it….so that stayed with me throughout this album and will continue to be the focus for the next LP and beyond.”
THePETEBOX is a solo performer, musician, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose pioneering live show has ignited audiences across the world.
Breaking out as an award-winning beat-boxer he soon redefined the genre through the use of his loop pedal, guitar and an otherworldly, multi-phonic voice box. Witnessing a THePETEBOX live show is an immersive experience as he creates songs sound by sound, layer by layer, reveal on reveal, loop on loop, one man building tracks that are as sonically massive as any full band setup or DJ set.
He possesses a primal talent and has transformed it into music that captures the imagination of people from all walks of life and from every corner of the world and is a singular artist untouched by trends or fads, someone who is genuinely and fiercely independent who has tapped into an art form of true expression that connects directly with the hearts of a rapidly growing fan base.
THePETEBOX’s debut album ‘Future Loops’, a ‘live, studio, video’ album comprising of original tracks and reworks of his favourite songs has reached over 30 million views on his YouTube channel and through working with visionary director, Simon Ellis, his videos have reached audiences worldwide and his covers endorsed by their legendary creators, most recently Brian Wilson singing his praises for a unique cover of “I Get Around” and The Pixies posting the viral “Where Is My Mind?” video on their official website.
Future Loops, (released on his own label, Light River Records) is on its third pressing and has sold over 50,000 digital copies through word of mouth alone.
THePETEBOX’s versatility is reflected in the variety of settings he has performed in, from club nights world-wide to multiple Grand Prix, the major stages at festivals, Glastonbury, Reading/Leeds, V-Fest, Bestival UK – Lake of Stars, Malawi – Woodstock Poland to name but a few, private parties for the stars and sold out headline tours around the UK, Europe and USA.
With a packed tour schedule and nearing completion of his Fan funded most anticipated a sophomore album of entirely original material THePETEBOX will continue to reach and transform the sonic horizons of people across the globe