Our first year on Cambridge Heath Road has come to an end, so it feels like an opportune moment to reminisce. We’ve picked a few of our favourite memories from the past 12 months to put in this digital scrapbook. Some of these photos were taken by pros, but others were snapped on a phone, so please excuse the variable picture quality.
Ambush Buzzworl Performing ‘Jumpy’
Undoubtedly one of the biggest tracks from last Summer, ‘Jumpy’ was Ambush Buzzworl’s breakthrough hit. The vibe was intense as he took to the stage and the crowd sang along to the chorus: ‘I don’t wanna crash this rental…’
The Magical Realism of Ashes57
We commissioned our friend Ashes 57 to create this illustration, which captures the street setting and spirit of Redon in her instantly recognisable style.
Basement Jaxx – Secret Gig
We’re not taking the credit for this one – it just kinda happened! Some cool dudes had a joint 50th birthday party with 200 of their closest friends, and one of the greatest acts in the history of UK house music jumped on the decks.
Cal Jader – EL Hombre
Cal is London’s No. 1 plug for Latino music and culture. His deep knowledge of latin music spans from classic to bleeding edge contemporary, and he’s one of our favourite promoters to work with.
Cal’s parties are always on point so its hard to pick a favourite, but the recent ‘Shika Shika’ label showcase was pretty special. Wavey, organic, slow mo techno of the highest order.
Di Melo’s 1st Ever European show
The Brazilian funk legend Di Melo had never appeared in Europe until, at the age of 69, he decided to pay us a visit. The show was outstanding from start to finish, but the most heartwarming moment came when he invited his young daughter on stage to sing a duet.
Dizraeli Introduces His New Live Band
The gig itself was a triumphant debut for Dizraeli and his new band, but the real magic happened the week before the show during rehearsals. The creative process was a joy to behold as Dizraeli’s new record Unmaster was reimagined into a live performance.
Dur Dur Band take us on a trip to 1980’s Mogadishu
These Somalian OGs were just so damn funky! This was our first gig that sold out in advance, which felt like a major milestone for Redon.
Georgia’s Triumphant Homecoming
Georgia’s barnstorming gig last month is still fresh in the memory. This is shaping up to be her breakthrough year, with tracks like ‘About Work The Dancefloor’ getting heavy rotation on national radio. Stardom beckons, so it was the perfect time to see her perform in an intimate venue.
Koder – Getting Richer Launch Party
The sea of smiling faces says it all – Koder’s Getting Richer launch party was off the chain. During the gig Koder played several versions of the title track, breaking it down in creative and unexpected ways.
Ms Nina Brings The Reggaeton Heat
Ms Nina is a leading figure in the new wave of Reggaeton, far removed from the macho posturing and objectification of women that used to characterise the genre. She is a total badass from head to toe (and her instagram feed is highly entertaining.)
Witness the scenes of pure joy as she takes to the stage on the stroke of midnight!
Pouya Ehsaei – The Modular Maestro
The weekly series of Parasang shows was an incredible feat of creative stamina by the charismatic Iranian composer Pouya Ehsaei. Each week, Pouya worked with a new ensemble of musicians, entwining modular synth elements with live instruments and vocalists. Whether performing with grime MC Trim, or getting jazzy with Ezra Collective’s James Mollison, Pouya’s beats and bleeps were perfectly attuned to that musical style.
The weekly series has now come to an end, but thankfully Pouya still performs with Parasang at least once a month.
APE Afterparty with 1-800 Dinosaur
James Blake and his crew on the decks, an absurdly cool and beautiful crowd, Kamasi Washington showing off some fly moves on the dancefloor. Did that really happen or was it all a dream ?
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Parasang is a weekly night of live improvisation led by Iranian sound artist, Pouya Ehsaei (Ariwo / Entr’acte / Zabte Sote) and curated by MANANA Records founder Harry Follett. Each show is a one-off collaboration exploring the diversity of the city’s musical communities through electronic music.
Past guests at Parasang include Ethiopian krar player Temesgen Zeleke, Afro-Cuban percussionists Hammadi Valdes and Oreste Noda, Moroccan lute player Boujemaa Bouboul, Jazz pianist Sarah Tandy, trumpeter Kevin Davy, James Mollison from Ezra Collective, Tim Doyle (Maisha/Cykada), dancehall/reggae drummer Marley Drummond and bassist Andrew Mclean.
Parasang takes place at Redon every Thursday evening. Head over to the events page for line up info and free entry guest list.
Recent visitors to Redon will have marvelled at the stunning new art installations both inside and outside the venue. We invited Ashes57 to create a site-specific design, with our railway arch in the foreground, and the city rising up high behind it. This design is now proudly displayed in our front window, and you can order the Ashes57 x Redon signed screen print here.
The artwork of Ashes57 will be familiar to many music lovers already – her illustrations and graphic design have adorned countless record sleeves, posters and flyers over the years. As the label manager of Teklife Records, Ashes57 is a key figure in the Footwork scene, and much like our namesake Odilon Redon, her artwork is inspired by the music she loves.