UK ‘new age soundsystem’ duo, Star.One, present ‘Okay’ (featuring Maleek Berry & Seyi Shay) their debut single for 3 Beat, the label home of Sigma, High Contrast, Stylo G, and more.
The hybrid nature of British music in 2017 owes a lot to the ‘DIY’ nature and creativity of a newly thriving soundsystem culture in the UK. Right at the vanguard of this nascent resurgence are Star.One, championed by MistaJam, Target, 1Xtra, Noisey, Huw Stephens, Pigeons & Planes, Fact, Phil Taggart, and beyond. Brothers Joe and Adam describe themselves as a ‘new age soundsystem’, whereby the music they make, and the parties they throw, blur the lines between UK garage, grime, and bass music, while taking influences from the past 50 years of British black music. ‘Okay’ is a great example of this, merging old school UK garage production with the Nigerian stylings of Afrobeat stars Maleek Berry and Seyi Shay.
Star.One began 2017 with the ‘Blocks EP’; a three track club-focused release and successor to their 2016 crossover hit, ‘Original Badman’ (feat. Takura and Assassin) which was A-listed at BBC Radio 1Xtra for the entire summer. These tracks, plus their celebrated ‘Elements’ mixtape, join collaborations with the likes of P Money, D Double E, G FrSH, MC Creed and Doctor, who featured on their breakthrough track ‘Never Give Up’. Armed with an impressive body of work, and now signed to 3 Beat, the pair are ready to make good on their early promise as they look towards their debut album.
Festival highlights for Star.One this summer include Glastonbury (RumShack and GarageGirls shows), Parklife, Strawberries and Creem, Kendall Calling, Boardmasters, Boomtown, Reading & Leeds, and Bestival.