Club Nights

Club Scout

In the often too serious world of jungle and drum-and-bass, Gavin King, aka Aphrodite, is one of the few DJs and producers who haven't forgotten that dance music is supposed to be fun. During the U.K.'s acid-house revolution and the later hardcore rave days, Aphrodite was already producing anthems such as 1992's much-revered "Some Justice" under the Urban Shakedown moniker with collaborators Mickey Finn and Claudio Guissani. Rather than put his energy into dubious experimentation or esoteric seriousness, however, Aphrodite opted for the "boombastic bass aesthetic" that became the trademark of jungle's "jump-up" style -- chopped-up drum breaks, extremely catchy bass riffs and popular hip-hop samples galore. Jump-up was the most accessible, and therefore most popular, style of drum-and-bass the scene had ever seen. Aphrodite is also one of jungle's most prolific artists, with over forty releases on his own Aphrodite Recordings, including cuts like "Woman That Rolls" and "Style From the Dark Side," as well as over a dozen releases on Urban Takeover, a label he manages with jump-up legend Finn. His latest effort is the full-length Aftershock, on V2 Recordings. Aphrodite has been touring the world for more than ten years now, playing primarily his own tracks along with the occasional exclusive dub -- or whatever track he knows will make a crowd erupt -- and he has never been known to disappoint. He's sure to spread some love this Saturday, July 3, when he visits the Church.