Prolific DJ, performer and a regular guest at Europe's finest soul weekenders, Alena Arpels will be bringing her cherished selection of rare groove, modern soul and jazz-funk records for this Sunday Brunch special.
Brunch gets Heavenly on the first Sunday of the month at Spiritland Kings Cross
Heavenly Jukebox is the DJ arm of the legendary Heavenly Recordings, who've been playing the finest records and tearing up the dancefloors of festivals, clubs, gigs and parties for almost 30 years.
Fingers very much on the pulse, they're also the resident DJs and music programmers at The Social in London.
Koichi Sakai is a Tokyo born, London based DJ, producer and musician who is widely recognised for his highly developed, unique style which reflects the varied influences that have continuously informed his creativity and career. His musical style is Jazzy and percussive; playing a distinctive and smooth mix of Soul, Jazz, Funk, Reggae, Latin and Afrobeat.
Sakai was the resident DJ for Afrobeat Vibration for 10 years with the former Fela Kuti’s Egypt 80 keyboardist Dele Sosimi since 2008, and the Saluting the Black President, the annual celebration of the legacy of Afrobeat curated by the former Fela’s manager Rikki Stein since 2013. Sakai did the remix for Dele Sosimi’s "Too Much Information” that is available on digital.
Also Sakai had a project called Afrobuddha with his fellow DJ/Producer Kay Suzuki. They have released two 12” vinyl singles and broadcasted a number of shows on NTS radio, and had an appearance on Boiler Room.
Sakai has released his solo album “Wono” featuring the Ghanaian percussionist and singer Afla Sackey in March 2020 on Olindo Records.
Spiritland By Night: Luke Una
Luke Una is one of the UK’s prime musical movers, spreading a gospel of togetherness and inclusivity. With an uncompromising sound and approach, he is firmly focussed on the dancefloor with his Electric Chair night, Electric Elephant festival and the current Homoelectric parties. He plays from the heart with a sound that celebrates the authentic spirit of Manchester, Detroit and Chicago. He’s already played at Spiritland King’s Cross - now the gloves come off at our weekly party.
Sibson is Mikey, the man behind the secretive Elevator Edits imprint. He started out playing punk records in the sticky basements of his hometown, Leeds, in 2010, honed his craft at selector parties in the capital and is currently between Berlin and London with his music blog 45turns, the Balearic Ensemble label and a monthly show on Threads Radio.
His sets, drawing on percussive rarities, cosmic stompers, hair-raising rock & roll and jazz-flecked disco curveballs, have seen him do several trips around Europe as well as acclaimed sets on radio stations like Le Mellotron in Paris, Red Light in Amsterdam, Kiosk Radio in Brussels and Radio Raheem, Milan.
Mikey also runs London’s Elevator East bash, an underground gathering of heads that offers the chance to hear eclectic, no-holds-barred selections from trailblazing new talent and legends alike. Previous guests include Leo Mas, Sean Johnston, Nancy Noise, Don Carlos, Chris Coco, On The Corner Records, Ric Piccolo, Pardonnez-Nous, Nik Weston and Pabels.
2020 would have seen a South American trip with dates at Lollapalooza Argentina and Montevideo’s Phonotheque among others, but 2020 had other plans. Instead Sibson has been laying low, working on his productions and trying to figure out where home is.
Plinio & Gerah
Geraldo Oliveira (GeraH) is an inquisitive Brazilian record collector now based in London.
Having played at a good deal of underground clubs and parties in São Paulo, he also created Laca Negra, tapping into multiple facets of soul, jazz and R&B at different bars.
In 2019 GeraH co-founded Dublab Brazil (Brazilian branch of Los Angeles station Dublab) with DJ Zinco and the journalist Monica Herculano.
He will be going b2b with fellow compatriot Plinio from the Ondo Onda Collective
Plinio is a selector and guitarrist. Born and raised on the west side of Sao Paulo, Brazil, he has experienced and absorbed all of the cultural manifestations that a vibrant megalopolis can offer. Curious about the folkloric and the traditional, his music is a reflection of the places he has been and of times that are long gone but thankfully recorded on vinyl.
Based in London for the past 6 years, he plays guitar with Los Pussatas Fritas and is part of the cultural collective Ondo Onda, which holds a monthly show at Netil Radio and promotes parties in east London.
Expect South American rhythms, forgotten dances, tropical flavours and good old jazz.
None More Records
Brunch goes Americana with the None More Records boys, Harry and Sam.
None More Records are an East London-based imprint releasing discerning cuts by supremely accomplished musicians. Their output has so far drawn on the vibrant talents of South and East London's evolving scenes, with electronic jazz (Lunch Money and Project Karnak), afro-lusophone jazz (Caravela) and progressive folk (Jouis).
The records in Sam and Harry’s DJ bags follow the same quality-is-everything ethos, meaning versatile, smiles for miles selections of slow-burning funk, psychedelic dancefloor soul and jazz, right up to prime-time disco and classic house.
An avid music collector, Shenaaz has been digging for all forms of music for over 18 years. Since relocating from South Africa to the UK, her drive to share what she's so passionate about has only intensified. The versatility of her selections span across Electronic, Funk, Leftfield, Downtempo, Jazz, House and this has made it befitting yet peculiar for her to spin across various venues in and around London
- Space Music
Yonas Duches a.k.a SANOY is an Italo-Ethiopian London based DJ and musician with a particular influence for funk, disco, classic house and African music. His passion and musical exploration has developed him into a unique performer who’s bound to dominate the dance floor and catch attention with authentic and exciting music from around the world.
Spiritland By Night: Mafalda
- Hip Hop
Representing the Lisbon / London axis, Mafalda is a heavyweight collector and selector. With a style that ranges from breezy latin funk to heavier dancefloor vibes, she has become one of this country’s most in demand DJs with a long list of festival and club appearances to her name. Come and hear her on a four hour musical odyssey under the disco ball.
- Library Music
Half Forgotten Library: Jonny Trunk & Martin Green
- Library Music
Brunch at Spiritland Kings Cross gets groovy once a month again with this residency from two titans of the library music scene, Jonny Trunk and Martin Green.
Half Forgotten Library is a monthly Sunday session bringing largely forgotten swinging library recordings and OSTs back to life through our world-class sound system.
Drop in anytime 12-5pm for a stretched out brunch, daytime drinking and lounging in the company of recently revived jazz, soul, funk, exotica and soundtracks.
Spiritland Legends: Bob Marley with Big T
The latest installation of Spiritland Legends is a night-long celebration of Robert Nesta Marley.
Life long Bob super fan Big T joins us for a night of hits, rarities and b-sides.
Free entry but highly recommended you reserve a table via firstname.lastname@example.org / 020 3319 0050.
- Hip Hop
- Space Music
Glade Marie is a south London-based DJ who holds a residency at Prince of Peckham and is a Radio Presenter hosting a weekly radio show 'Late With Glade' on what The Guardian's has called 'black Britain's new radio station', No Signal. She champions her eclectic selection of jazz, funk, soul, hip hop and r&b while maintaining club presence over the city. As a part of Bristol-based record label and non-profit Saffron Music, which is dedicated to tackling the gender imbalance in the music industry - Glade Marie's music reflects her love for her culture and her community.
Wes Baggaley normally plays tough, no-nonsense dance music in sweaty nightclubs around the world – but likes to reveal his sweeter side at Spiritland, with an exploration of the more tender sections of his record collection.
Spiritland By Night: Phil Mison & Nancy Noise
Early trips to Ibiza shaped the musical education of Phil Mison and Nancy Noise who went on to spread the Balearic sound from the White Isle to London and beyond. We could not be more ready for an unabashed celebration of life and music with these two influential musical forces.
Laurence McAulay aka Lárus is a Glaswegian DJ, radio host and promoter.
He runs the Vicious Creatures party series which over the last 8 years has seen him share the booth with the likes of Job Jobse, Ellen Allien, DJ Fett Burger, Intergalactic Gary + many more. Learning his trade at the Sub Club where he was a resident for 5 years you can now find him playing tunes at some of London's biggest and most well respected venues such as Corsica Studios, Printworks & The Pickle Factory.
Away from the club he has hosted shows on Rinse FM, had guest appearances on European stations including Red Light Radio in Amsterdam & HÖR in Berlin and also had mixes featured for Stamp The Wax & Ransom Note.
Music writer, broadcaster and Worldwide FM host Kate joins us for a Thursday night.
Over the years Kate has played everywhere from Field Day to End of the Road, Somerset House to Kensington Palace and from the ballroom at Torture Garden to the shop floor at H&M Oxford Circus. Recent bookings include BBC Woman's Hour's 70th Birthday, Oxjam's 10th Birthday with Fatboy Slim and the Stylist Beauty Awards.
Other DJ gigs include at Film4's Summer Screenings, Bestival, Gutterslut at East Bloc, Trouble Vision, Guilty Pleasures and The Last Tuesday Society. She's also programmed nights with Jackmaster, SBTRKT, Mary Anne Hobbs, Fleetmac Wood and more.
Come along to hear Kate's good time selections from the extremities of her record collection.
- Space Music
Ben Gomori is a seasoned producer, DJ and radio host. With a background in some of the key London institutions including Turnmills, The Key, The Cross and Egg. Come and hear his wildly eclectic Friday night selections at Spiritland.
Spiritland By Night: Charlie Dark
Charlie Dark was put on this planet to play records. If you attended or heard about his Blacktronica parties at the legendary Plastic People then you’ll know that 'all forms of music in one room the way it used to be’ has always been his motto. His record collection spans various genres and his crates run deep. Since lockdown Charlie has pivoted into radio with his weekly Friday morning show on Worldwide FM and the creation of his own internet station Run Dem Radio. We welcome a true London legend to the Spiritland By Night control booth.
Widely regarded - and quite correctly - as the DJ's DJ Frank Tope's encyclopaedic knowledge of and superb taste in music always makes for a great night at Spiritland. Entrance is free but reserving at table is recommended for this one.
Discs of Fun and Love
Discs of Fun and Love is a label run by Miche and Frederika. Both of them spread their time between London musical institutions such as Spiritland, NTS and Worldwide FM.
In their spare time they continue to dig for the next essential record to add to their ever growing collections.
The label itself shines a light on forgotten music and focuses on bringing lost, soulful treasures to the dance floor once more. Affordable, remastered and beautifully packaged, no aspect is forgotten in their quest to re-release a product the artist can be proud of sharing once again.
The label's releases can be found across the globe and their first two releases from Rochelle Rabouin & Sweet Mixture earned a wave of support from Gilles Peterson, Hunee, John Gomez, Mafalda and many more
As well as the records, they know how to throw a party. 2019 saw Friday late night sessions in a King's Cross basement, to lazy Sunday sessions on some of London's best sound systems.