Crucial Business with Queen Bee and Mr Benn

PUBLISHED: 10:50 02 July 2007 | UPDATED: 11:13 24 May 2010

Queen Bee.

Queen Bee.

After last month's heaving party with the inimitable Soul Jazz Sound System, Bristol's King and Queen of dancehall delights are back at the helm to bring some fire to The Tube's ever popular 'Reggae Friday' sessions

After last month's heaving party with the inimitable Soul Jazz Sound System, Bristol's King and Queen of dancehall delights are back at the helm to bring some fire to The Tube's ever-popular 'Reggae Friday' sessions. Queen Bee and Mr Benn have built up an impressive reputation as consummate party starters and their unique sound - built on a solid foundation of Reggae basslines and Hip Hop beats - is focused on the party and the dance rather than any serious posturing. There are no restrictions to their playlist, so Fela Kuti or The Clash are just as likely to get a look in as Eek-A-Mouse and KRS-One. They'll be playing their choice mix of musical gems to nice up the dance - so get your rocksteady knees on and join the party! Crucial Business with Queen Bee and Mr Benn, The Tube, 1 Unity Street, Bristol, BS1 5HH. Friday 6 July, 10pm - 4am. £3 all night Further info: www.myspace.com/djqueenbeeukwww.myspace.com/djmrbennwww.tubebar.co.ukemail: squareonemail@yahoo.co.ukcall: 07780 603 508QUEEN BEE began her career on the legendary pirate radio station 'Emergency Radio' and Respec Fm before becoming music programmer for FEM Fm, Britain's first all female radio station on 1992.Gaining a reputation for her classy mix of bass heavy Hip Hop, Funk, Reggae and Latin, Queen Bee soon became a favourite on the Bristol club circuit with residencies at La Boum at St Nicholas House, Chocolate City at The Blue Mountain and The Fruit Machine at The Thekla.Appearances at Glastonbury Festival (resident DJ on the Jazz World Stage for 15 years) and at international WOMAD festivals followed and for the last 7 years Queen Bee has been DJing all over Europe with Daddy G from Massive Attack and also as Massive Attack's Tour DJ.Versatile and energetic, her sets are ever changing and range from ragga to roots to hip hop to house, plenty of bootys and mash ups thrown in.Queen Bee now successfully manages 'Cosies' bar in Portland Square, a much-loved Bristol institution. Her knowledge and contacts have been pulling in many-respected local DJ's and a fantastically mixed crowd of discerning music lovers, which has attracted comparisons of it being the new DugOut!Never too serious, never too cheesy, Queen Bee's party style sets and eclectic tastes continue to rock many a dance floor at home and abroad - catch her at 'Girl Wonder' monthly at 'Cosies', at 'The Tube' monthly with Mr Benn, and one off parties with Daddy G.MR BENN'S DJ sets are an uncompromising blend of proper party music - hip hop, reggae, disco, funk, afro-soul and anything else with a good groove. He keeps things fresh by throwing in plenty of different styles, with the aim of keeping the crowd on their toes and expectant! As well as true eclecticism and his current party favourites, expect to hear Benn's own productions and mash-ups in the mix, too - all of which are created with the dance floor very much in mind...As a DJ Mr Benn is very much in demand and is a regular at various Bristol venues. He has also played further afield at parties around the country and festivals such as Bestival and WOMAD festivals in Spain, Singapore and the UK. He is currently a resident at The Tube in Bristol playing alongside Massive Attack's Daddy G and Bristol's first lady, Queen Bee.Last year, Mr Benn's mix CD 'Square One Sound Part II' was aired on Ninja Tune's Solid Steel radio show - an inspired mix that received a huge amount of attention.Production: Mr Benn recently set up his own label - Rhythm'n'Booze - as an outlet to release his own mash-ups under the pseudonym of Mr Blennd. The first release, 'A Message To ODB' - a blend of The Specials and Ol' Dirty Bastard - came out in December 2005 and sold out in less than three weeks. A remarkable response for an independent release!The record received a huge amount of support and was played and praised by the likes of Daddy G, JSTAR, Andy Smith, Rob Da Bank, Sean Rowley, Boca 45, DJ Yoda, Blackbeard, Ursula 1000, Huw Edwards and Hundred Strong to name but a few. The second release, 'Cutty Diana' - a blend of Diana Ross and Cutty Ranks B/W 'Busta Brown' - Busta Rhymes and Jocelyn Brown again sold out in a matter of weeks. The label has already garnered a loyal following and there are a lot of people already desperate to get their hands on the next installment - a blend of Beenie Man and Ian Dury - which will be released this summer.Another of Mr Blennd's inspired mash-ups - 'Rock The Roses' (Outkast Vs The Clash) - was released in 2005 on the Basted imprint.Mr Benn is also signed to Leisure Recordings, the Bristol-based label that released the 'Mr Benn' EP - a 12" featuring 'Take It Back' and 'The Jump' - in April 2005. The next release came out in November 2006, and featured amazing ragga vocalist Blackout JA alongside Mr Benn's own father on saxophone duties.Mr Benn has also produced remixes released on two other singles on Leisure recordings.Club Promotion: Mr Benn also finds the time to promote a club night in Bristol called Square One - a night of heavyweight dancefloor niceness, with all bases covered - from hip hop to reggae to disco to funk and all points in between. Past guests include Afrika Bambaataa, The Unabombers, Soul Jazz Soundsystem, Mark Rae, Luke Vibert, The Nextmen, Dub Cartel Soundsystem, Fat City Recordings, Trojan Soundsystem, JSTAR, Blood & Fire Soundsystem, and DJ Derek - supported by the cream of Bristol's DJs and bands. Square One will be programming Club WOMAD at the WOMAD festival this year.What people have been saying about Mr Benn: "Your 'Message To ODB' has been the most asked about track I've been playing recently! Big up yourself sir!!" - Andy Smith"The mash up 7" drops to devastating effect" - Hundred Strong"Guaranteed house rocker, love it, can't fail" - Daddy GMixes: You can listen to a selection of Mr Benn's mixes, mash-ups and own tunes at:www.myspace.com/djmrbenn (own tunes)www.myspace.com/mrblennd (mash-ups)www.squareonesound.com (mixes)

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