Huddled in a circle on the dark, smoke-filled dancefloor at Corsica Studios, the four MCs that make up Bala Bala Boyz spit over syncopated bass-heavy rhythms, passing a single microphone between the collective's members. Captivating crowds with their energy, and an effortless ability to flow as a family unit, it’s on these South London dancefloors — as well as DIY festivals like Kallida and Boiler Room's four-day London takeover last year — that Bala Bala Boyz come alive.
More Time Records is putting out 12 new records over 12 weeks.
The London label has enjoyed a busy summer, hosting stages at coveted UK festivals such as Glastonbury and Boomtown, alongside the intimate and acclaimed Kallida. The plan is now to return to the release schedule with serious gusto.
“When I rack my brain to think of famous South Asian names in mainstream music,” says Nabihah Iqbal, “the only two I can think of would be MIA and Zayn Malik. That’s it.” Sitting outside of Peckham’s Rye Wax, Iqbal is about to DJ at the first edition of No ID, a new party created by More Time Records founder and DJ Ahad Elley, better known as Ahadadream.
A new London club series, No ID, aims to spotlight South Asian DJs and artists, kicking off with a Wednesday night offering at Rye Wax on 27th March.
NTS Radio bi-weekly host and Ninja Tune releasee Nabihah Iqbal will headline the event, which aims to platform young, aspiring artists from the Asian diaspora. Reprezent Radio and Beats 1's NAINA is also set to play.