The Mouse Outfit + Extra Love
Doors: 22:00 - 03:00
Plus £0.80 booking fee per ticket
The Mouse Outfit is a hip hop production team and 9 piece live band, based in Manchester, UK and fronted by Dr Syntax & Sparkz. Experienced on the live circuit – The Mouse Outfit has taken their brand of funk, jazz and reggae influenced hip hop to many of the UK’s most prestigious festivals. Their live shows combine original music with classic bboy funk breaks.
Earlier in their career they built a loyal fan base supporting many of the world’s finest hip hop acts including Chali 2na, Souls Of Mischief, Akil the MCand The Sugarhill Gang. Their reputation as a high quality live act resulted in two invitations to perform at the BBC’s legendary Maida Vale Studios in London.
A series of well received music videos throughout 2012 preceded their debut album release in May 2013, a project made in collaboration with many Manchester based rappers. Since the release of ‘Escape Music’ (which is now available on double vinyl through HHV.DE), their profile has increased significantly, both within the UK and internationally.
Dr Syntax is well known for his solo work and collaborations with Foreign Beggars, having featured on their first four studio albums. His extensive touring has also taken him to festivals such as Glastonbury, Splash! (Germany), Hip Hop Kemp (Czech Republic), Outlook and Soundwave (Croatia).
Sparkz is one of the most hyped young MCs in the UK – hosting hip hop and bass music events from London and Manchester to Outlook (Croatia). He is most noted for his collaborations with The Mouse Outfit and Dub Phizix.
“one of the greatest musical talents to emerge in the last few years … every track on this album is absolute gold.”
“a slick combination of quality samples and fiendish beats. The smorgasbord of soul, jazz, funk and reggae influences … some of Britain’s most promising emcees.”
“Escape Music is, in short, an absolute classic of an album. You’ll be hard pressed to find such an impressive debut anywhere in modern Hip Hop.“
9.5/10 – Comfortably the best release so far this year
“The Mouse Outfit was voted as Wordplay Magazine’s 2012 Best New comers and this has been firmly justified …. a very able roster of emcees that feature on this standout album.”
“Imagine an i-Pod shuffle stuffed full of some of the best funk, hip hop and soul tracks ever recorded and that’s pretty much what you get from a Mouse Outfit show”
“Nobody can tell us that there is a better hip hop production team out in the UK right now! This year has seen them release a slew of amazing tracks.”
Extra Love are a ten-piece band from Manchester who throw a variety of spices into the Reggae/Dub pot; creating their own distinctive and very danceable flavour. With big vibes, grooves to make you move your waist line, and deep bass that rolls all the way down your spine…this band is in it’s natural habitat when mashing up dancefloors all over the land. Expect equal helpings of conscious music and un self-conscious dancing at an Extra Love gig…
With a formidable rhythm section laying down a foundation that’s as much influenced by the funky sounds of Afrobeat as it is the sounds of Reggae and Dancehall, skanks and soundscape pranks from the guitar and keys and powerful, vital lines from the trio of jazzy hornsmen, two charismatic vocalists complete the line up. Kuntri Ranks (aka. The Lion King) is a respected Reggae veteran, who has previously had to fill the rather large boots of Prince Far I with the pioneering ‘world’ music group Sons Of Arqa. The Greek ying to Mr.Ranks’ Jamaican yang is Angelos Gavriilidis; a melodic and passionate singer / lyricist whose vast musical output encompasses everything from acoustic singer/songwiter ditties to downright filthy Techno productions.
The musicians in the band are young but surprisingly experienced professionals; what they lack in wrinkles and mortgage commitments they certainly do not lack in passion! Each individual regularly performs in a myriad of styles and other projects. All of these influences rub shoulders when the band kick out the jams, creating the progressive Extra Love sound. A sound which is steeped in but refuses to be solely confined to the ‘Reggae ting’.
Extra Love and its members have shared the stage with top international artists such as Afrikan Simba, Top Cat, Channel One, The Beat, Rico Rodriguez (The Specials), Craig Charles, Ariya Astrabeat Arkestra, Kenny Knotts, Finley Quaye, Gentlemen’s Dub Club, The Undertones, Beats and Pieces and many more. The band can often be found spreading the love vibrations on the festival scene as well as appearing regularly at venues and clubs across their native North West and beyond. The band have also recently launched their own night in Manchester, inviting top similar-minded bands and DJ’s to join the party…and what a party it’s turning out to be! The band are currently looking to bring the party to the international stage, everywhere can use more love… Extra Love.