The hub of London’s early-2000s broken beat—or simply “bruk”—scene, CoOp was started in 2000 and ran until 2007. Founded by Dego, Demus, Phil Asher and IG Culture, the residents shifted and evolved, with members of Bugz In The Attic—the nine-strong production group, whose remixes helped to define the bruk sound—trading places with the founding four. Running every other Sunday night, it was a testing ground for new, forward-thinking music whose counterpart, on the other two Sundays of the month, was the much-storied dubstep incubator FWD>>. The legendary London party returned in March of 2017 after a ten-year absence, following two Boiler Room broadcasts that inspired the idea to bring back the club night proper.
In addition to the revival of the club night, CoOp launched a new label, CoOp Presents, focusing on music from new producers who are carrying on the broken beat tradition. So far they’ve released two instalments of the “Selectors Assemble” series, and today we have a taste of the third.
When IG Culture and Alex Phountzi of Bugz In The Attic reconnected in 2013, they started to meet up every week or so to work on music. Their new moniker, NameBrandSound, was a catalyst for both of them to start making tunes again. Their remix of Quango’s “Rock It Tonight” is an absolute dancefloor bomb. A heavy broken groove sets the scene before Eska’s soaring vocals take center stage. Her voice is complemented by gorgeous pads and synth melodies that float through various progressions over a steady bassline. Rewind selecta cause the people need more vibes like this!!
If you’re new to the broken beat or bruk sound, and you like what you hear, there are plenty more tunes on this EP that are just as bangin’. Trussss me fam, I’ve been playing these in Brooklyn and they all go off, even the chill ones. Keep an eye out for the drop on their Bandcamp and take some time to dig back through the history of the party. You won’t be disappointed, unless you dislike finding good music.