The Squatters (GB)
Recognised equally for their rolling basslines as much as they are for their distinctive Northern humour and penchant for poppadoms, The Squatters have toured, produced and worked relentlessly in order to establish themselves as an act that the underground scene has had no choice but to sit up and take notice of. Tirelessly refining a sound that combines flavours of house, garage and bassline, what seems like two lifetimes of sofa-surfing and sweaty basement raves has seen the pair tread an enviable path through the music industry, leaving their mark at every step along the way. Now signed to Australia’s Vicious Bitch imprint and with prior releases on Get Twisted, Southern Fried Records and Champion Records, the inimitable duo can count enviable support from some serious industry heavyweights including AC Slater, Tough Love, Kissy Sell Out, Danny Howard, Don Diablo, Low Steppa and The Bloody beetroots, as well as airtime on BBC Radio 1, Capital FM and Kiss FM. Remixing for the likes of Eddie Amador and Vanilla Ace, a Route 94 bootleg championed by DJ Mag, and a fledgling imprint of their own in the shape of What’s Your Status, it’s easy to see how the pair now have all bases covered on the production and release front. But it’s on the dance floor where the pair’s drive and ability to energise even the latest of late night crowds really defines what The Squatters are known for. The delights of all-night food dispensaries have been sampled in places as far flung as Asia, Ibiza and the USA and tied together by show-stopping sets at the world’s most iconic nightspots, including Ministry of Sound, Cream, Fabric, Victoria Warehouse, Avalon Hollywood, and a headline slot at the UK’s Beatherder Festival . Fetch the emergency chairs and make up the sofa bed – The Squatters are here to stay.
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