The four years since High Focus burst onto the Uk Hip Hop scene, bringing with them a new wave for the genre and what’s being heralded as a golden age to rival the early 2000′s, have flew past, but looking back at the depth and breadth of Fliptrix’s seminal label it’s easy to see how they’ve come so far. From Fliptrix’s own prolific work rate through Uk legend Verb T’s offerings and the solo outings of two seminal UK crews, Contact Play and The Three Amigos, to supergroup The Four Owls and Rag N Bone Man’s booming vocals, it’s a label that brings plenty of variety but never at the expense of quality. So it’s with awe and expectation that we’ll be jumping on the Victoria line down to South London this Friday (16th May) to join their birthday celebrations, a party they’ve taken on in gigantic proportions this year.
Having absolutely roadblocked Brixton Jamm and Plan B for the past few years they’ve definitely earned an upgrade, and the recently reopened 1500 capacity Electric Brixton just down the road is their most ambitious outing to date, something reflected in the behemothic lineup they’re bringing with them. As well as the High Focus artists themselves being out in full force, long time HF supporter and UK stalwart Jehst takes to the microphone alongside the mighty Klashnekoff and one of the more underrated UK crews who are currently enjoying somewhat of a renaissance; Liverpool’s Children of the Damned. On top of that, collaborator Kashmere steps away from his Strange U project for a solo set while Bristol soundboy Buggsy also steps up alongside psychedelic wizz kid Onoe Caponoe. Looking at the lineup below, it’s hard to know where to start but easy, very easy, to see just why their annual birthday celebration is the number one date in a London hip hop head’s diary. Now stepping up to a much bigger venue, it heralds great things for the UK scene and we’re damn well going to be there to see it, as should you be. Check the Facebook event here and cop a golden ticket from Ticket Arena here.