First Word Social Club #2 – D’Angelo Special

by First Word on February 9, 2015

We’re back at our favourite basement in East London to celebrate one of the greatest musicians doing it right now – the mighty D’Angelo.
The great man himself is playing in Hammersmith on the night, so for all those who’ve hit the show and want more of the same vibes, and also those of us who didn’t get tickets, First Word Social Club is the place to be.

We’ll be playing the sounds and influences of D’Angelo: expect Soulquarians, Erykah Badu, J Dilla, Prince, Sly & The Family Stone, ATCQ, The Roots, Common and much much more. DJs on the night are FW label boss Gilla, SomethinkSounds and Dimentions Festival main man Andy Lemay, as well as a secret guest from our extended family (no guessing!), dropping the finest selection of soul, hip hop, jazz and beats.

Entry is free, but get there early to make sure you get in.

Friday, February 20th
10:00pm – 3:00am

Ace Hotel London Shoreditch
100 Shoreditch High Street,
E1 6JQ



by First Word on December 22, 2014

As has become tradition at First Word we like to be able to share some free music with you from time to time. This year is no different: we’re delighted to offer you Two Syllables Volume Eleven. Compiled by label boss DJ Gilla, this instalment includes highlights from the past year (Jon Phonics, Fulgeance & DJ Scientist, Mr Thing, Yosi Horikawa, Ross McHenry & Essa), a couple of re-edits (Souleance, Sleepin’ Giant) as well as a brace of exclusives: Frameworks’ ‘Under Management’ ahead of the release of his debut LP in 2015 and Eric Lau’s alternate remix of Quiet Dawn’s ‘New Dawn’. You can pick up your free download right here.

2014 has been a landmark year for us, and we’ve had a blast celebrating our 10th year in the business. We couldn’t do any of this without our wonderful artists and of course you, our fans. So, thanks to everyone who has supported us this year – we’ve got plenty of exciting new music for you in 2015 that we’re sure you’re gonna love as much as we do.

Have a great Christmas and a happy New Year!


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