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All bases covered: Jazz Café's Night Thing relaunches with Benji B, Gilles Peterson

Championing the best sounds from across the globe

  • Louis Anderson-Rich
  • 7 July 2017

Originally focused on digging for the best disco, soul and funk, Jazz Café's Night Thing has taken on a more club-focused agenda and moved from Friday to Saturday nights.

But don’t expect straight-forward house and techno. With Benji B, Gilles Peterson, Guts and Mehmet Aslan ready to grace the venue in July, the night will still be providing a range of genres from some of dance music’s best selectors.

“There’s a lot more to club culture than straight house and techno. People want to hear tracks they’ve never heard before and dance to new kinds of music. Night Thing is a place for the deeper selections that are missing from some of London’s dancefloors,” says the venue's Director Andy Peyton.

The move marks a continuing evolution of Jazz Café, which was taken over by the Columbo Group (owners of XOYO, Phonox, The Nest and Camden Assembly) last year. And they’ve delivered on claims of a reinvigorated bookings approach for the Camden spot.

“We wanted the line-ups to better reflect the venue’s diverse live programming. We approached Gilles, Benji, GUTS and Mehmet Aslan because of their reputations as being selectors first and foremost – Night Thing will take dancers on a trip through best sounds from across soul, disco, world and beyond.”

“We’ve covered pretty much all the bases – broken beat, hip hop, live afrobeat, a disco choir. It’s all to come.”

The revamped Night Thing launches July 7 with a DJ set from Afriquoi and Mehmet Aslan, before Guts takes on a three-hour set the following week. Gilles Peterson takes his talents to Camden on July 21 before Benji B and Judah round out the month on July 28.

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