OUTLOOK FESTIVAL OFFICIAL NYC LAUNCH PARTY 2016OBF VS MUNGO’S HI FI Friday May 20, 2016 @ The Paperbox, Brooklyn
About Dub-Stuy’s Tower of Sound The Tower of Sound is Dub-Stuy’s own 15 kilowatt system, custom-built, engineered, and housed in Brooklyn. The combination of wood finish and exceptional dynamic range and accuracy at high volumes makes the Tower of Sound a system unlike any other in town, a true representative of sound system culture in the 21st century that has been used by the Red Bull Music Academy, Brooklyn Museum, and Afropunk festival. The Tower of Sound isn’t just about sheer sonic power, it’s also about community. Since 2012, the system has stood at the centre of an effort by Dub-Stuy to champion sound system culture in the United States, attracting artists and fans and helping to foster a new understanding and interest in a historically rich and vibrant culture.
To truly understand the Tower of Sound, you need to come experience it.
The Dub-Stuy collective is proud to present the official Outlook Festival 2016 NYC launch party. For this year’s US launch party, which joins a list of worldwide events held in the months leading up to the festival in early September, Outlook has teamed up with Dub-Stuy and their bespoke 15,000-watt wooden sound system, The Tower of Sound, for an event of bass shaking proportions on FridayMay 20th at the Paperbox in Brooklyn.
Curated by Dub-Stuy, the official Outlook Festival 2016 NYC Launch Party is headlined by a musical clash between two of Europe’s best known sound system champions: Glasgow’s Mungo’s Hi Fi and the French-Swiss O.B.F. In the fine tradition of sound system clashes, the two will face off on the Tower of Sound with short rounds of dubplates and assorted sonic weapons to win the hearts and minds of the crowd. Accompanying this clash will be a selection of international vocalists representing all eras of the music including Jamaica’s Ranking Joe, France’s Shanti D, and Brooklyn’s Jay Spaker. Expect true vibes in what is sure to be New York City’s most memorable sound system event of 2016. Supporting this international clash in The Paperbox’s main room will be Portland’s E3, founder of the acclaimed ZamZam Sounds label, local selectors Scratch Famous (Deadly Dragon Sound) and Dub-Stuy’s resident DJs.
The party doesn’t stop here, however. To give local audiences a taste of Outlook Festival’s wide ranging line-up, Dub-Stuy is opening the second room of The Paperbox and fitting it with T-Gees Sound System. Handling selection duties all night is a line up of renowned local New York selectors and crews including Dub War’s Dave Q, Trouble & Bass’ Star Eyes and Doctor Jeep,Vik Rai, Etch (flying in from England), Earthtone, and Maro.
Since then, Mungo’s has become a by-word for quality and original dancehall and reggae in the United Kingdom and abroad. True to the DIY ethos of the music they loved, Mungo’s built their first sound system from speakers found in a skip and began making tunes on an old Atari computer. Early parties featured visiting vocalists who would also join the crew in the study. Mungo’s founded their own Scotch Bonnet imprint in 2005, following a debut album on London’s Dubhead records.
Today Mungo’s is a global operation with six members, all committed to spreading their philosophy of serious, seismic productions plus easy going democratic dancehall fun. Highly collaborative, they’ve worked with everyone from Sugar Minott and Ranking Joe in Jamaica toMajor Lazer in America, Kenny Knots and Solo Banton in England, and Scotland’s Soom T. Their discography includes five albums, each featuring a talented cast of guests and combining a keen sense of history with a wicked creative streak and some industrial strength drums and bass.
Since their beginning in the early 2000s, O.B.F (Original Bass Foundation) have become one of the most in-demand sound system of the international dub scene. Based between Paris, France, and Geneva, Switzerland, where they organize their own Dubquake and Top Ranking parties, the crew is equally known for the quality of their productions as for their ability to orchestrate dances of a rare intensity. Following a string of EP releases since 2010 on their Dubquake and O.B.F imprints, alongside collaborations with High Tone, Chinese Man, and Vibronics, the O.B.F crew released their debut album, Wild, in 2014. The album features vocal appearances from YT, Charlie P, Shanti D, and Mikey General among others.