The Allergies – Steal The Show
By Becky Grinham
As we begin to shovel through boxes of Christmas decorations and unpack our beloved tableware, there’s one gem that’s awaiting your attention; party attire. Shine those shoes, hang up your finest frock and get the bubbly out, you’re going to want it for this party…
Meet Roy (Moneyshot) and Adam (Rackabeat), the heavyweight, funkadelic DJ’s who collaboratively are known as The Allergies from Bristol. Joining forces in 2012 over a love of classic hip-hop and vinyl, the duo embarked on their burning desire to create modern dancefloor anthems recycled from funky vintage beats and melodies, to mould a memorable, dance-filled experience.
It can be a challenge to keep up with demand and move with the trends, but these boys have mastered the art of progression and consistently up their game. In 2017, Funk and Soul devotee, Craig Charles, hailed their second album, Push On, “album of the year” on his highly acclaimed Radio 6 Music Show and they’ve since gone hard to deliver the ultimate party across Europe. Thus, ‘Steal The Show’ was born. The Allergies third album contains nothing but infectious grooves, punchy horns and a selection of top MC’s and vocalists featuring Andy Cooper (Ugly Duckling), Dr Syntax (Foreign Beggars), Honey LaRochelle, Izo Fitzroy, A.S.M, Uncle Frank, Mr.Woodnote and Skunkadelic – a fine lineup if I do say so myself! It’s definitely a show-stealing masterpiece and something you can move to throughout the festivities.
Writing this piece I found myself subconsciously bobbing around on my chair, eager to learn more about their creations in a live environment… Speaking to Roy and Adam recently they explained that
“For DJ sets we mainly use vinyl now and have lots of fun with it. We go back to back, one record each, and it’s totally unplanned so anything can happen”.
I asked Roy for a summary of their live show and his answer did not disappoint;
“It’s like a soul revue meets a mixtape – The jams keep building and the energy rises as the BPMs do. Plus, there are four decks with me and Adam cutting it up, live visuals synced in, Andy Cooper rapping and playing keys, Marietta Smith getting diva-ish on the vocals and live sax, too. All-in-all, it’s a fun night out for ages 8-80”.
No strangers to the Exeter scene, The Allergies can often be found mixing 45s in the city centre’s independent boozer, The Angel.
Anyone who knows me is aware that I’m a huge artwork, design and packaging fanatic so, it would be rude of me to not bring their solid designs to your attention too. It’s bold but playful, with a colour palette that pleases all eyes. The duo added,
“For Steal The Show we had the idea of making it look like an old movie poster and we were inspired by the ‘Kill Bill’ and ‘Taxi Driver’ artwork for their poster campaigns”.
If reading this has excited you and your dancing shoes then head to the Barrel House Ballroom in Totnes on December 7th, the bouncy funk-soul party awaits!
You can find music and more information on The Allergies Facebook or on their social media channels.
The Allergies are neck deep in the world of scratchy samples…This is truly funk and soul for the 21st century!” – Craig Charles, BBC 6 Music.