O2 Academy. Friday — 22:00
Royal T will perform as part of garage royalty trio TQD:
Comprised of Royal-T, DJ Q and Flava D, TQD shouldn’t ever really be referred to as a ‘supergroup’ because the drive behind the project is simpler and a lot less contrived than that tag implies. Simply put, TQD is a project that features a trio of music making friends who’ve united under a single name to make jacking dancefloor music that's inspired by the sounds of classic UK garage and bassline. Since their first collaborative foray with ‘Day & Night’, which was released on Butterz in 2015, TQD have rather emphatically proven that their three way formula works; appearing in clubs and at festivals the world over they’ve been consistently shaking up scenarios with their high octane blends of (largely) their own music across 4 deck sets.
Following memorable sets on the Boiler Room and live turns at Warehouse Project, Leeds Festival and Boomtown, Royal-T, DJ Q and Flava D have been hard at work putting together their ten track debut album, ukg - a bolshy mission statement that encompasses the full spectrum of the garage sound. When you look at each party’s discography separately, whats immediately obvious is their shared love of a 2-step beat, a hellish hoover bass and all those cleverly edited vocal ticks. Their debut album is the culmination of that love, with TQD channeling everything from heady, energetic bassline (on ‘Vibsing Ting’), to ghostly Burial-scapes (on ‘Only One’) and lounge instrumentation (on ‘New Day’).