House-heads rejoice, for a live night of Buzzin' Fly is here. Set up by Ben Watt (Everything But The Girl, Lazy Dog) in 2003, the record label-cum-London club night quickly caught the attention of clubbers and the press (the imprint was described by DJ Magazine as "the most vital deep house label in the UK") with a series of underground hits and mix CDs. It quickly went on to win a number of awards such as Best Breakthrough Label at the House Music Awards in the US in 2004. Two of its champions, Jimpster, described by Watt himself as "a future soul kingpin and don of house", and Justin Martin, whose production The Sad Piano became a much coveted track in 2003, are here to play a DJ set for the much-heralded Heineken Green Room sessions.
Jamie Odell (aka Jimpster) has been producing, remixing and Djing for the last 15 years and co-running his Freerange Records label for the last 10 of those. Recently described by Ben Watt as a Œfuture soul kingpin and bittersweet house don1, Jamie plays with a freestyle approach that has seen him booked for gigs as diverse as Fabric, Plastic People, The Naked Music Beach Party at the WMC, Buzzin1 Fly at Neighbourhood and LA1s Bossanova. He is now in regular demand as a remixer and co producer on a wide range of underground projects. Not to mention that he is also a member of highly acclaimed live outfit The Bays, who1s recent performances on John Peel sessions have confirmed them as one of the most important live acts around today.
Justin Martin is one of the few house DJs that successfully bridges the gap between being commercially successful and staying true to the underground.
His sound has been described as both melodic and tough, with releases ranging from the dynamic Cicada on dirtybird to the slamming Magnificent remix for Iz and Diz on OM records. Justin first gained international acclaim for his single, The Sad Piano, on Ben Watt1s Buzzin1fly label. The single made its way into many A-List DJ crates as well as receiving many accolades from critics. Over time, Justin developed a more edgy sound in his hometown of San Francisco. He helped develop the local dirtybird label with his good friend and business partner, Claude VonStroke.