On Saturday 9 September, 2006 the ICA launches a new monthly club night, Dirty Canvas, which will showcase live performances from talented underground artists emerging from the grime and dubstep scenes. Following a successful year at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, Dirty Canvas is taking up residence at the ICA, where it will continue to present new acts and raise the roof on this musically innovative, constantly evolving and creatively cutting-edge urban scene.
The opening night, co-curated with Straight Outta Bethnal will feature one of the grime scene’s best kept secrets Ruff Sqwad, who (like Dizzee Rascal and Wiley) hail from East London’s grime epicentre – Bow E3. If Ruff Sqwad had a US hiphop equivalent it would be Wu-Tang-Clan, with their fierce loyalty to the collective, their hugely distinctive and impressive productions and the range of vocal talent on offer. Although still only teenagers, Ruff Sqwad have been together for over four years and in that time have put together an impressive body of work, in particular the brilliant ‘Guns and Roses II’ mixtape, which will be launched as part of the night.
Ruff Sqwad will be joined by dubstep pioneer Plastician, who will present the scene’s biggest tunes, including many of his own productions. Plastician started DJing at the tender age of sixteen and played on a number of London pirate stations before moving to his BBC Radio One show. Aged eighteen, his self produced track ‘Venom’ gained him early notoriety and two years later, he started label Terrorhythm Recordings and established his name as key producer in both dubstep and grime scenes. In 2004, Plastician toured the USA with Aphex Twin’s Rephlex label and featured on Rephlex’s ‘Grime’ album.
Also taking the stage are grime supergroup The Movement, featuring hot mcs including Scorcher, Ghetto and Wretch 32, who have each created big waves with their individual mixtapes.
The second Dirty Canvas will take place on Saturday 14 October. Line-up includes Roll Deep.