Bala Club’s sweetest demon teams up with the Stockholm sadboy as the London crew launch a fresh label
I’ve kinda said it before, but the Bala Club crew are the most exciting thing about London’s club scene right now, no doubt. A bunch of friends and producers throwing nights their own way and on their own terms, playing anything from reggaeton and bachata to fucked up Britney reworks and Bieber edits, it’s only logical that these forces of nature took a look around at the music industry and decided to launch their own label.
“Other labels are long,” says Kamixlo. “What could they do for us that we can’t do ourselves? Nothing. Unless a major label wanna buy houses for all my family then I don’t wanna talk.”
Next week on June 9, Bala Club release their first compilation, featuring family such as Rules, Lunarios, Killavesi and Yayoyanoh. “Bala Club is honestly based around friendships and a shared sense of taste,” says Uli K, Kamixlo’s brother and collaborator. “The outcome will fall in line with what you may hear and feel at our parties or in our mixes.”
“Other labels are long. What could they do for us that we can’t do ourselves? Nothing. Unless a major label wanna buy houses for all my family then I don’t wanna talk” – Kamixlo
The track we’re premiering today was produced by Mechatok, the Berlin-based producer who’s been working closely with Uli K over recent months. “Schemin was initially a song that Uli and me started together,” says Mechatok. “The instrumental of it was initially a finished song by itself, but I decided to send it to Uli since we always share our songs. After a short while he just hit me back with a raw recording of his verse, which blew my mind right away.”
Uli K emphasises how quickly everything happened when it came to the making of “Schemin”. “The video was spontaneously shot after a house party in Stockholm,” he says. “We had just recorded the track the night before and were feeling super excited about it! This how most things happen in Bala Club. Things just happen while you’re hanging out with your friends. Nothing is ever longed out or premeditated.”
The compilation (which bangs, we heard it) is out next week, a drop that Kami describes as “the first look into what people can expect from Bala Club”, while he also promises a few nights this summer with beautiful lineups. It feels like exactly the right moment for this crew to branch out on their own – armed with tons of new music and banging nights organised months in advance.
As Uli K says: “Everything is feeling super bless right now.”