Dat Brass

Dat Brass

Looking for your next festival live favourites? Dat Brass are a 10 piece collective whose high-octane blend of jazz and hip-hop is taking gig-goers by storm. Tune in to their killer playlist here...

  • By Lucy Doyle
  • 23 Nov 2018
  • min read
Looking for your next festival live favourites? Then pull up your socks and get ready to jump your heart out to Dat Brass; a 10 piece collective whose high-octane blend of jazz and hip-hop is taking gig-goers by storm.

Since forming in London in 2014, the group have played festivals including Boomtown, All Points East and The Great Escape, while they sell out the likes of Pop Brixton, Camden Roundhouse and Blues Kitchen on a regular basis.

Digging deep into influences like KRS-One, Royce da 5’9’’ Mouse Outfit and Kendrick Lamar, debut album Dinner’s Ready mines its hip-hop origins with pounding drums, samples and layers of improvisation for a supercharged sound that is bold and always brassy.

Chatting about the record, they said: 'The album was inspired by our developing influences and changing roster, allowing us to create new material with a greater variety of sounds and voices.

'Dinner’s Ready is supposed to represent the culmination of our sound; taking different ingredients and cooking them up live across the UK ready for everyone to dig in.'

Currently wrapping up their UK tour dates, the band play a sold-out closing party at Camden Assembly on 1 December that promises to be massive.

To celebrate, they've put together a killer playlist for us that embodies their genre-bending sonics. Tune in below...

This is England - Kano
An absolute anthem, seeing this performed live a few years back really gave me hope that sousaphone could be cool. (Rudd)

Gummy - Brockhampton
Expect the unexpected, you can't help but bop along to Brockhampton, with their tasteful production and gripping arrangements. (Jake)

I Get The Job Done - Chill Bump
This French hip-hop duo caught my eye with their refreshing instrumentation, original production and crazy flows. With a weird harpsichord and bamboo flute beat and a sticky scratched hook, this song has been stuck on repeat for me recently. (Looby)

John Wayne On Acid - D-Styles
While not the most commercially known or heard of, D-Styles is widely recognised as one of the all-time greats from the scratch DJ scene. John Wayne On Acid is a beautiful example of how original and unique sounding a track purely made out of scratching can be. (Dubba Dutch)

Think Twice - MEUTE
Driving techno beats perfectly blended with marching band brass. You cannot sit still when listening to this. (Stefan)

Coco - Lucky Chops
Their blend of modern brass coupled with their energy and catchy tunes gets you in the groove every time - and you can't help but smile when the solos kick in. (Josiah)

To Be Or Not To Be - Maceo Parker
Had this track on loop when I was younger, I love the rhythmic variations Maceo comes up with in his playing. (Dan)

Daggers Drawn - The Cat Empire
So many tasty horn lines over a driving Latin groove - an epic journey of a tune. (Seb Skelly)

Rigamortus - Kendrick Lamar
The best lyricist of the last decade going ham from three minutes over a trumpet sample, what more do you want? (Ben)

Destiny N Stereo - Chris Dave and the Drumhedz
Back beats and J Dilla wonk underneath some smart lyricism and immersive horn lines. (Jack)



29 November - Purple Turtle, Reading
30 November - The Cluny, Newcastle
01 December - Camden Assembly, London