Soul In Motion is one of London’s best-loved drum & bass parties. Run by close affiliates Bailey and Need For Mirrors, the biweekly shindig has quickly become one of the cornerstones of the capital’s DNB scene, bringing together the genre’s most established and promising talents to play for a knowledgeable and easy-going crowd.
A big part of Soul In Motion’s appeal can be explained its lucid musical identity: Bailey & Need For Mirrors - as well as curating and promoting the events - are also residents and core to the sonic aesthetic of the events. Their sets focus on new music from the deeper end of the 170 bpm spectrum, and they deliberately avoid using MCs to keep a focus on the music. They take over Room Two with LTJ Bukem and Lenzman on 22nd June, so we asked Bailey & Need For Mirrors to deliver a mix giving an insight of what to expect on the night. For their selections, they pulled together a series of characteristically upfront and musical rollers from some of the sound’s best.
There's not so much of a theme, it's more just a vibe between us and the music that represents our club night. The mix should take you on a journey and give you some insight into what to expect at a Soul In Motion event.
Where did you source the records from?
It's all new music we’ve received from friends, producers, DJs and labels that we work with. All the music is a few weeks old or unreleased.
Who’s inspiring you most in drum & bass right now?
Vromm is on form – his new Cosmic Bridge release is amazing. We open the mix with it.
London can often be a challenging climate for new parties. What inspired you to start one?
If we take this back to 2014 when we started, there were no midweek nights happening and very few, if any, Sunday events. That gap allowed us to fill the void. We wanted to provide a night where the community could come together and listen to the latest drum & bass available, and always progress forward. Also somewhere that the music was unimpeded by MCs and vocalists.
How would you describe the ethos of Soul in Motion?
Good music. The night is named after a classic Krust tune, Soul In Motion. A timeless masterpiece.
Can you talk about the line-up you’ve invited for the date?
Bukem, Lenzman and EZ Rollers have not yet played for Soul In Motion, and having them play at fabric makes this extra special for us. Bukem is a legend in dance music full stop, and we always like to have the contrast from old to new DJs and producers who are putting in the work. Lenzman is on point; his label The North Quarter is releasing some of the strongest drum & bass around. It’s a movement. EZ Rollers are back and are showcasing their epic 1998 album Weekend World, which was released on Moving Shadow and was ground breaking in its own right. Phil Tangent is a close friend of Soul In Motion and he's putting in the extra hours on his Lunar Recordings label, solo projects and collaborative work too.