Cultured Sounds Live last Wednesday marked our return to running events – this time for a quarterly link up at The Silver Bullet in Finsbury Park. We welcomed another stellar line-up of artists, all connected to the label through releases past, present and future. And we’re still buzzing from the positivity everyone brought to the occasion..

Vibes were set early by DJ sets from Opus Dice and Hybrid Freqs. Oracy then grabbed the mic and got the night in full swing with a performance of her ‘Foot in the Door’ album that we released in June. The set was warmly received by the steadily growing crowd, and disappointedly missed by the lady who turned up at 11.30ish when Blackk Chronical and M9 were tearing up the stage! Early arrival at the next event is recommended as there is zero filler at CS Live. Resident ‘bar-your-face-off’ rapper Delta Lima then proceeded to turn up the heat with a charismatic display, introducing the crowd to his alter ego Savagus Maximus. The range of emotions brought out during the performance underlined Delta’s ability to combine stage presence with humour and conscious lyricism, also including tracks from his upcoming short film which features a 2-track CS single produced by Opus Dice & M.Kozi.

The crowd were fully involved and with New Guardz crew in attendance, Mr. Flowtecs touched stage to unleash another verbal barrage of Verse Murder mayhem.. You could hear “It’s Mr Flowtecs, you can label me a hazard” ringing out as the whole venue chanted the chorus to ‘Petrifaction’ before Flow finished his set with a mesmerising exclusive of his forthcoming CS single ‘Shadowed’. Next to show-n-prove was Watusi87 with his unmistakable laid back roots sound. The RU1-FAM member performed tracks from his upcoming solo album and solo EP (due for CS release in the coming months) before inviting Majical on stage to deliver a moving rendition of their Hybrid Freqs-produced single ‘Imagination’, another forthcoming CS single.

Seamlessly continuing the Flaava (after a moments silence) was Mr Latin Funk himself, Mike Kalle. One of our close associates, the Colombian sensation performed tracks from his 2 forthcoming CS projects – a Morfius-produced album and Hybrid Freqs EP collab. Towards the end Big Cakes was introduced for a performance of ‘Mic Check (London to Rio)’, before Eyesis-Star and Natty Khu came up to bar it out with Kalle. We kept it moving as hosts St. Jude and MC Efex summoned Blackk Chronical to the stage with support from Melanin9, who replaced Solar Black. The anticipation could be felt as the Triple Darkness associates entered, and they didn’t disappoint, bringing a high-octane set 10 tracks deep! Instead of the planned Solar Blackk Chronical set, BC included a few exclusives from his Hybrid Freqs project and M9 played 3 songs, including ‘Straight Live’ which set the crowd on fire!

Mike Kalle Garcia Oga BigCakes Origarmy tearing the place down, performing "Mic Check." Salute all those who attended…

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After such a build-up of energy throughout the night, it was only right to bring on Manchester representatives Fabz, Kydro, Tman and Lyricalgraphy to keep the levels rising. After a long drive down, the lads from Room 2 Records tore up the stage with a concoction of grime, hip-hop and bass. It went off like a Friday night, and to cap it off C Tek and Opus Dice ran a flame-filled CS Cypher for all vocalists in attendance!
If you missed it don’t worry, we’ll be back with an even bigger line up in mid-June. And keep an eye out for the event videos we’ll be uploading on our Facebook page