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Joe Muggs launches deep listening hideaway and announces book about sound system culture

New book Bass, Mids, Tops includes 25 conversations with the culture’s key players, while a new monthly residency offers a safe space to get deep with ambient

Richard Norris and Wire contributor Joe Muggs have launched Group Mind, a monthly ambient, experimental and deep listening session in London's Kings Cross. The first will take place in the basement cocktail bar Supermax on 24 March, with Norris and Muggs in attendance plus guests. The sessions are free and open to anyone who wants to hear some “mind opening ambience on a quality sound system”.

Also on the cards is the publication of Brian David Stevens and Muggs's new book Bass, Mids, Tops: An Oral History Of Sound System Culture. The book features a series of conversations with artists who have created new crossovers and fusions in UK sound system culture over the past 50 years. It’s illustrated with portraits of the artists interviewed and sound system photography by Stevens, and there is a foreword by former Steel Pulse singer Mykaell Riley, who now heads the Bass Culture course in the Black Music Research Unit at London’s University of Westminster.

Shy One. Photo by Brian David Stevens

“I wanted the voices of the subjects to be what dominates, and the overlaps between their stories to show the outlines of what we think of as cultural movements and moments,” explains Muggs. The people he talked to in Bass, Mids, Tops are Dennis Bovell, Adrian Sherwood, Norman Jay, Youth, Tony Thorpe, Smith & Mighty, George Evelyn, Nicolette, Jumping Jack Frost, Dego, DJ Storm, Noodles, Zed Bias, Sarah Lockhart, Terror Danjah, Kromestar, Skream, Mala, T Williams, Cooly G, Toddla T, Samrai, Barely Legal, and Shy One

Bass, Mids, Tops will be published in early summer by Strange Attractor.