The Outlook Diaries 2015: The Build Up

Sunshine, boat parties, soundsystems and an abundance of UK music exports. The mighty Outlook festival is upon us once more. Our good friends, wannabe-journos and partners in crime Christina Knowles and Leony Mayhew are out there wobbling amphibiously to more bass than can you can shake your butt at. They’ll be reporting back on the festival first hand through way of a diary of the best sights and sounds they experience in and around the sun soaked fortress. 

Posted on September 2, 2015 and filed under blog.

Peaz Inna Podcast Vol. 1

Welcome to the first instalment of Peaz Inna Podcast from Frogbeats and Samson Sounds!!

This session is dedicated to The Furry Chillum Warm-up party (March 20th, Artschool, Glasgow), a night we are hosting for a taste of the Eden Festival 2015. We present a showcase of all the acts performing on the night - with three special live tracks from Samson Sounds - to get you in the mood for this fantastic party to be :).

Enjoy!

Posted on March 3, 2015 and filed under podcast.

Frogbeats @ The Fringe, Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh

The Frogbeats collective has been booked to provide a one-off swing extravaganza at Cabaret Voltaire on the first bank holiday Sunday of the Edinburgh Festival. The theme of the night is Jazz, and we’ll be playing electro-swing, nu-jazz, funky beats, dub, house and other groovy oddities all-night long.

5AM LICENCE!!!

It’s £5 all night and fancy dress is definitely recommended. Doors open at 11pm.

LINE UP

Main Room :
Frizzo
Sombadi
Tuscan Whale

Back Room :
Pharo
MoMo
 

Posted on July 22, 2014 .

Eden Festival 2014: Some Acts To See

By Russell McMahon



Eden festival is fast approaching and organisers are getting primed and ready having been on site with a team of creatives for the last 4 weeks preparing the captivating bits and bobs of decor the festival has become known for. With the recent news that De La Soul will be pulling out of Eden (for family reasons) coming as a disappointment to many we are still set for what is shaping up to be an incredible Eden. King Charles will be stepping in for De La Soul as headliners. In any case the spirit of Eden is the audience and the network of artists that play and saying that we thought we would put together a list of the acts we are excited to see this weekend in the garden.


Have you read our 2014 Guide To Eden?


THE JOHN LANGAN BAND



High energy, unhinged, and musically extravagant, taking traditional acoustic idioms and delivering with punk abandonment and virtuosic flare. A dynamic three piece offering a unique sound emerging from Celtic, Gypsy Swing, Roma and Flamenco and tuned in savvy. Wrapping pan European traditional acoustic music with infectious grooves, epic, pounding, sing along, punch the air anthems to intricately arranged instrumentals.’



DUNCAN DISORDERLY & THE SCALLYWAGS (GOOD TIMES MUSIC)



A quartet brimming with character. ’Duncan Disorderly & the Scallywags are not like your normal band. It’s more a way of life! Living, eating and breathing music. They live together as a comunity and Music is how they survive. With exceptional influences from Latin and Reggae to Gypsy and Swing/Jazz; charismatic Duncan and his Scallywags never fail to entertain. It isn’t all sweet jazz and chilled Reggae ‘smokers’, The Scallywags do love diversity with a few ‘banging’ party tunes not going amiss in a late night show.’



MAYAWASKA



One of Eden’s regulars. Variety is the spice of life and musical variety is what Mayawaska offers in abundance. Collecting music is an addiction of Mayawaska’s, one that he channels in to mixing. Each mix is an adventure through an extensive collection he gathers when he isn’t working on his sustainable housing project around the Galloway. Only the crème de la crème makes it through the speakers. His sound tends to the incorporate band music fused with electronic ranging through ethnic sounds and guitar. Check out his extensive collection of mixes on Mixcloud.

Where: The Lost Disco / Vishnu Lounge



SAMSON SOUNDS



This 4-piece Dub, Reggae, African and Blues band and soundsystem collective have been with Eden since it’s conception, hosting the Furry Chillum tent alongside Jumble Sale Sounds. Samson Sounds reside in Glasgow but are originally from Dumfries & Galloway which makes this gig a whole lot more special for them, so expect a jolly atmosphere to accompany a fresh, jazzier set primed for Eden. They have been causing a stir over the past year since releasing their debut Sunrise EP on Dub Combe Records playing many gigs all over Scotland including the Wee Dub Festival, Loch Lomond and supporting Horace Andy. If you are around London on the 28th of June we will be playing a boat party with them.

When: Saturday 5:30am / Sunday Evening
Where: Vishnu Lounge / The Furry Chillum



JFB



Described as ‘The Thinking Man’s Grandmast Flash’ by Fatboy Slim, JFB is one to look out for. Expect plenty of scratch routines from the UK DMC champion of 2007 and 2011 as he mashes it up through styles crossing over Hip-Hop, Jazz, Funk, Glitchhop, Electro Swing, Breakbeat, Dubstep and Drum & Bass. JFB has plenty of experience having regularly collaborated with the likes of Beardyman and Ed Solo, not to mention many-a-mix on BBC Radio.

Where: The Lost Disco

 




 

New Release: FB002 Tuscan Whale - LIFE (Whatever Does It All Mean?)

Tuscan Whale has been hard at work in the studio fortifying his sound since we’ve had a hiatus from doing our parties. He’s got a variety of releases up his sleeve this Summer, starting with the second release on Frogbeats entitled ‘Life (Whatever Does It All Mean?)’



'A combination of warm, brassy, Latino flavours and full-bodied percussion, strained through a fine mesh of hip-hop know-how and garnished with some suggestive sampling, this track is the perfect accompaniment to the up-coming summer sessions. Best enjoyed with good pals, warm weather and something strong and alcoholic in your hand.'


Free Download available from our store from Friday 16th May 2014.
 

Posted on May 14, 2014 .

Eden Festival 2014: Your Guide


Eden Festival 2014: Your Guide 
June 12th - 15th 2014 (Thu-Fri)
Raehills Meadows, Moffat
Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland

By Russell McMahon



Eden is a music festival filled with colour, eccentricity and imagination. It will bring the child out in you. The zealous attitude surrounding the festival surpasses it’s size with dedicated organisers who have been consistently building it up year upon year by involving the surrounding community. It almost feels like a large family gathering of distant relatives. This year looks as if it will be the biggest year yet for the independent festival from the heart of the creative epicentre of Dumfries & Galloway. Lonely Planet have just included Eden in their top 10 festivals to visit in Europe this Summer (see right). It’s only 6 weeks away so if you haven’t bought your ticket yet then now is the time so you can start preparing your creatures of carnival costume which is the theme for 2014. Last year I went as a penguin for the ‘Under the Sea’ theme. 



 Hip-hop legends DE LA SOUL will be headlining, as well as all this: 



Eclecticism isn’t lacking in the Eden camp, in fact it’s brimming with it. There are 9 stages and plenty of other attractions on offer catering to a bit of this and a bit of that, each to there own style. The impressive decor around the field and on the stages is out of this world and they make it all themselves. Celtic and Folk roots remain at the heart of Eden so expect a lot of local acts as well bigger names. Funk, Soul, Balkan, Acoustic, Gypsy, Nu-Swing, Ska, Drum ‘n’ Bass, Jungle, Dub, Reggae and much much more can be expected from a vast array of DJs and bands. In addition, this years festival will see theatre troops and musicals added to the bill. There is something for everyone and for every mood. New stages have been added this year:

  • The Melodrom Theatre which will be hosting plays, comedy, impromptu music and plenty of other quirky entertainment.
  • The Lost Disco will be playing host to funky DJs and label parties in a flaming outdoor dance parlour. Definitely worth checking out, it will be hard to miss!
  • The Drive in Cinema will be a little getaway where you can hop aboard a modern / vintage vehicle and chill-out with your friends or significant other in front of the silver screen.


Spontaneity will be rife. Keep an open-mind, dive in and prepare for the unexpected. New, wierd and ridiculous experience are just around the corner. The festival is ingeniously laid out as a ring, so there is little chance you will get lost and a big chance you will come across people you know or meet throughout the weekend. You might turn a corner and come across a man in a suit playing and cycling a piano, a crowd of folk partying around a disco cab selling iced mojitos out the back of it, or a posse of wee rapscallions bouncing about having water fights and space hopper races. Wander in to the Furry Chillum for a cocktail from the tiki bar and expect to be immersed by the warm sounds of reggae, brass, ska and swing courtesy of this big boy (picture right).

Stumble over to the Voltan’s Psychadelic Temple and you’ll find hardened festival-goers going at it all weekend amongst psychedelic neon visuals.  If you need to get the blood flowing help a brother (or sister) out at the Cycle Powered Reggae Stage, the world’s only serious bike-powered soundsystem where the DJ will have you pedalling hard for bigger bass-lines. The Vishnu Lounge is a prime chill-out space and all plays kinds of music throughout the weekend. Based on an Indian wedding theme, the Vishnu Lounge is equipped with hammocks and bath tubs planted in the ground for you to relax in along with a cafe providing refreshments. Have you ever sat in a bathtub in the middle of a field after a night of partying with a cup of finely brewed Chai tea? It’s paradise. For all the headliners, bands, big visuals, and of course Mr Motivator’s step aerobics class on the Saturday, the Devorgilla Open Air stage is where it’s at.



It isn’t all about the music though. Eden prides itself on being a boutique festival and there’s plenty to see and do while you explore the arena. The Kidz Arena is a testament to how child-friendly the festival is (under 12s go free) supervised by a group of dedicated volunteers. Organisers are hoping ’to inspire new generations by providing a range of workshops and entertainment whilst being as sustainable as possible and promoting environmentally friendly arts and crafts in a natural setting’.  There will be plenty of opportunities to hone your circus skills at Spinning Jenny’s Circus. Poi, juggling balls and Diabolos are just as common at Eden as a pint of luke-warm Tennents is at T in the Park. Craft Workshops are also on offer so you don’t need to go the whole weekend without doing anything productive. Last year there was a massive paint fight on the Saturday afternoon, which has become a annual tradition amongst Edenites and a highlight of the weekend.

When things get a bit sweaty and you need to head back to your tent you can cool off in the river running alongside the campsite. Last year the Saturday was the hottest day of 2013. Alternatively stroll along a hidden valley just outside the main arena to the tranquility of the Mystic Sauna.

If words aren’t enough then here is the official footage from last year.



So what are you waiting for? Buy your ticket NOW.

More info at www.edenfestival.co.uk

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Posted on May 6, 2014 .