After a long run at the Tate Modern Counterpoint now moves central!
The Total Refreshment Centre provided a home for the young London jazz musicians when hardly anyone else was interested. It also created space for Lunch Money, a band comprised of Church Of Sound and Total Refreshment Centre insiders who use synths, drums, trombone, sax and whatever else they have to hand to make insanely dense analogue-based dance music. Their Dan ‘Danalogue/Comet Is Coming’ Levers-produced single Living3000 gives just a hint. Their takeover set at Counterpoint will reveal the full extent of their energetic powers.
Counterpoint brings jazz musicians behind the turntables, asking them to apply their improv skills to a DJ set. Previous guests include Shirley Tetteh Sheila M. Maurice-Grey Cassie Kinoshi Joe Armon-Jones Kwake Bass Axel Kaner-Lidstrom Cleveland Watkiss Orphy Vibes Robinson Momoko, Emma Jean Thackray and Ben LaMar Gay.
In 1999 The Social opened in Little Portland Street. The brainchild of a record company whose offshoots included a hugely successful underground club night, The Social was set up with a simple manifesto – to provide great music and better booze to anyone who fancied tripping through the doors.
15 years later and still run by the original team who created it – Heavenly Recordings & The Breakfast Group – the bar is an award winning London institution. Designed back then by a partnership of David Adjaye and Will Russell (now of Pentagram) with the proviso of withstanding nuclear attack or – at the very least – the worst that people could chuck at it, The Social has launched over a million hugely successful hangovers.