Heels & Souls - one of London's foremost not-for-profit parties and the DJ duo of Ben Croft and Patrick Forrester.
Beginning in early 2015 with a string of charity fundraisers in the back room of a Congolese restaurant, Heels & Souls soon developed a nomadic venue policy, moving from fully functioning churches to cavernous brewhouses and moored barges before finally settling on The Pickle Factory as their de facto home in mid 2017.
Since then, their impressive booking policy has seen them rubbing shoulders with the likes of Pender Street Steppers, Tornado Wallce, D.K, Lauren Hansom, Bianca Lexis, Mark Seven, DJ Slyngshot, Mark Grusane, Zaltan and Il Bosco, all the while donating every penny made through the parties to charity. As of November 2019 over £17,000 has been raised for music-based mental health charity Key Changes, the Cosmic Slop affiliated MAP Charity and many more.
Their prominence as a DJ duo has risen in tandem with the profile of their parties. Unconstrained by genre their impassioned, all-vinyl sets navigate anything from boogie, street soul and ‘90s US house to breakbeat and UKG, with a soulful thread tracing much of their sound. It’s an approach that’s won them plenty of plaudits, with an RA ‘Mix Of The Day’, Dimensions DJ Directory membership and residencies at the Tate Modern and Number 90 sitting alongside appearances at Dimensions Festival, Kala, Secretsundaze, Meadows In The Mountains, We Out Here, Cosmic Roots, Queens Yard and Virgo in the summer of 2019 alone.
With a string of standout parties already lined up over the next 12 months, the foundations for a label firmly laid and a fundraising partnership with climate crisis tackling, environmental charity Possible across 2020, the future looks promising for this fast rising DJ duo.
Live Dimensions Beach Stage Recording 2019 ~
Test Pressing Podcast ~ http://testpressing.org/2018/01/mix-458-heels-souls-for-the-love-of-wbls-wbmx/
Dimensions DJ Directory Podcast ~ https://www.theransomnote.com/music/mixes/heels-souls-the-shine-a-light-on-mix/
Mark Seven warm up ~ https://soundcloud.com/tokyofantasy/fantasy-mix-012-heels-souls-pickle-factory-warmup