This boat party was truly a family affair in celebration of the labels achievements to date in the afro, disco, funk and soul scene. Luckily the weather was more than on side, making the risky discussion to put a party on a boat a positive one.
By the time I arrived I had missed the food but I saw a few bones lying around and a girl with ketchup round her mouth, so it was defiantly there and probably went down well. Although hungry, I was quickly distracted by my maratime surroundings and was briefly sent back in time to a junior sea cadets training exercise I had once participated in against my will.
This soon discontinued as I ventured below deck to get a drink, I was now distracted by the 70's disco queens throwing their hyper colour shit about on the plasma TV's suspended above the dance floor and of course the music.
DJ's on the night included Duncan Brooker (Nigeria70), Toni Rossano (Blackbeard), Christine Indigo (The Kenton) and special guest Bill Brewster. I was lucky enough to catch Bill Brewster rock the boat as the stars came out for those still upstairs reminiscing over the labels 12 year history.
With a lively mixed crowd of funky fuckers both old and young the quirky venue was going off. The system was well matched to the crispy analog recordings being pumped out of it, which was most enjoyed (from what I could see) by the brazilian guy in a sailors outfit who despite his get up worked his way round the room like a young pat sharp.
This party is the first of many for the Strut Records community and the event’s warm vibes and friendly atmosphere combined with that ‘hand picked’ Strut sound sets it up for a good run.