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FWD>> & Rinse FM Shenanigans In London
The Quietus , August 9th, 2011 11:54

Legendary club night FWD>> and former pirate station Rinse FM are hosting a pair of retrospective events this month.

Rinse Presents: A Visual Retrospective is an exhibition of design and photography associated with the station, open at the Truman Gallery from 12th-21st August. Design-wise, it's due to feature work from Give Up Art, whose blocky, primary colour saturated tones currently grace the Rinse website, and who've designed all the artwork for the station's own label and close associate Tempa. Alongside their work will be Shaun Bloodworth's photos, which have graced the covers of Tempa's iconic Dubstep Allstars compilations with appropriately South London, council-block-and-car park moods.

For FWD>>'s tenth birthday, they're hosting a party on 20th August in a secret East London location (surprisingly enough), with a special line-up that finds a different one of the club's best known DJs playing a set of music from each year of its existence:

Zinc (2001) Oris Jay (2002) Hatcha (2003) Slimzee (2004) Youngsta (2005) Skream (2006) Kode 9 (2007) N-Type (2008) Marcus Nasty (2009) Oneman (2010) Ben UFO (2011)

According to the press release by Martin 'Blackdown' Clark, "To celebrate, [FWD>> are] telling the story of the music they have championed through the DJs who have made entire years their own. Eleven influential Rinse DJs will play a selection that takes the assembled headz back in time."

For all their (substantial) underground credentials, both FWD>> and Rinse have also inadvertently ended up as two of the main forces shaping UK music over the last ten years or so - the charts are currently clogged with artists bearing the hallmarks of dubstep (Katy B, Magnetic Man) and grime (Tinie Tempah, Tinchy). It's probably fair to say that without their presence, the pop landscape of now would look pretty different, and a whole lot less bassy.

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