Scratcha DVA and The Blessings lined up for Cloak X Dagger set
Edinburgh Grime and bassline night gets busy
‘People always say Edinburgh crowds are behind the times, but they’re really not,’ says Cloak X Dagger’s co-promoter, Ema Johnson. ‘They’re really up for it and they’re interested in good music. You know, everyone has the internet now anyway, it’s teaching people to be open minded and to give new music a try even if you don’t know exactly what you’re going to hear.’ That’s just how Johnson and her partner Nikechi Oruh, aka DJ and sometime BBC Radio Scotland presenter Profisee, are hoping people will react to their brand new, hopefully tri-monthly night.
Formerly the promoters of the capital’s Volume! night, Johnson says the pair have been influenced by the fact that at the time, they saw no other clubs in the city which would stray beyond clearly defined genre boundaries. So this debut night for Cloak X Dagger (Johnson pronounces it ‘Cloak ex Dagger’) has been blessed with a wide-ranging and high-quality guest line-up, topped off by Scratcha DVA, aka Hyperdub recording artist and London grime and bassline upstart Leon Smart.
‘Of course we’d love to get a big name who’ll sell out the event right away,’ says Johnson, ‘but it’s more important that we get someone we respect. We’ve been listening to Scratcha for years and his name is on so many grime productions we like, so we’d really love to see him perform ourselves. We don’t know what people might expect, but he’s eclectic and he covers a broad range of genres.’ Also appearing will be LuckyMe heads The Blessings with a live AV set, Edinburgh rapper Simba and Joe Acheson’s Hidden Orchestra, the latter being a collaborator in the planned label wing of Cloak X Dagger.
The Caves, Edinburgh, Fri 17 Sep.