SOUNDSPECIES Balabam Takeover


Soundspecies is the alias of Producer/Musician/DJ brothers Henry and Oliver Keen, based in London. Soundspecies explore the territory between electronic dance music and traditional rhythmic percussion music, thrown together with a fascination for sonic experimentation with analogue synthesisers.

In May 2016, Soundspecies were invited to take part in Manana//Cuba, ‘the first ever electronic music festival in Cuba’. The recordings they made at EGREM studio in Santiago with local Bembe band Achi Meyi, with whom they collaborated at the festival, led to an album, released July 2017, received with critical acclaim. reviewed in The Wire magazine and made one of Gilles Peterson’s ‘top 20 tracks of 2017’.

They have now assembled an exciting band to further explore the afro-cuban electronica concept, featuring London-based Cuban musicians Rene Alvarez (trombone/vocal) Randy Lester (Percussion).

PREVIOUS PERFORMANCES Soundspecies have performed/DJ'd at festivals and venues worldwide including Bestival (UK), The Big Chill (UK), Latitude (UK), Boomtown (UK), Wilderness (UK), Sonar (Barcelona), Fengaros (Cyprus), Rockit (Italy), ReReRiga (Latvia), Sunsplash(Turkey), Respect festival (Prague), Latino Power (Bogota), Cargo (London), Red Bull Music Academy (Seattle), BBC Maida Vale Sessions, The Barbican Centre, Manana (Cuba) and more…

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Interview: Q&A with Soundspecies – ‘When Good Vibes Lie in the Genes’ (November 2018)

The Keen brothers (Henry and Oliver) have a special affinity for music. It’s well known that family members have tight vocal harmonies, but it’s not so common to find siblings who are “well-tuned” DJs and producers and share the decks. Soundspecies are one of these rare examples. The musical journey…

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Event Review: Manana//Cuba – A Night of Afro-Cuban Collaborations @ Barbican (London, 26th May 2017)

That euphoric swelling an artist feels when they connect with their audience is what rumba musicians describe as ‘Manana’. The purity of this Cuban chemistry was the motivation behind the 2016 Manana//Cuba Festival in Santiago de Cuba, the Manana record label, and subsequently this month’s Barbican gig. Three friends are…

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