With the launch of his new label, AP Life, in February 2021, Bok Bok found a new lease of life. During the pandemic, the London producer and DJ, whose Night Slugs label and party with L-Vis 1990 has been at the forefront of underground UK club music since the late ‘00s, was looking for a new source of inspiration.
Having closely followed the evolution of UK rap and drill over the past couple of years, he noticed a lack of DJ culture within those scenes – something that had been central to grime in its initial heyday. While looking to refocus Night Slugs into the more club-driven mode of its early days, Bok Bok took it upon himself to also create something new: a home for rap and drill instrumentals. He founded AP Life with two releases from producers Nammy Wams and Kid D, along with one of his own under a new alias One Bok.
Developing the label has filled Bok with a renewed excitement and creative vigour, both for the new platform and for Night Slugs. Speaking to Complex earlier this year, he said, “I feel more inspired, more hungry than I have been since the start of Night Slugs, if I’m honest”.
On 3rd December, AP Life will host a label party in South London’s Ormside Projects venue, with a line-up featuring A.G. Nammy Wams, Ayaya and more. Learn more about that here.
Below, Bok Bok’s Selections touch on the sounds that have informed both Night Slugs and AP Life, with an emphasis on new music from the UK and beyond, with one recently unearthed classic thrown in for good measure. Dig in below.