SATURDAY August 24th 2019
United Bass Kollective presents...
• Pigeon Hole • (Sleeveless, Saturate)
Vancouver Island duo Pigeon Hole first forged their name in the underground hip hop culture
of the mid-2000’s. From there, the drive to experiment with new forms of production saw them
splinter off from rap onto the fringes of the bass music scene. True to their roots, Pigeon
Hole’s sound leans heavily on nostalgic reference to their early hip hop influences;
establishing themselves at the forefront of Canada’s Bass music scene with their new approach
to the genre.
Pigeon Hole (Lee Napthine and Colin McCue) got their start as members of west coast hip hop
collective Sweatshop Union. Years on the road led into the summer of 2011, where the group
toured the bass music festivals, and were exposed to a new array of genres and sounds. The
decision was made to cut ties with Sweatshop Union and head back into the studio to redefine
themselves excited by the many forms of electronic music they had been inspired by. The 2013
LP ‘Chimp Blood’, on Urbnet Records, was Pigeon Hole's first dip into electronica and played
to their strengths as lyricists and performers. The albums anthemic singles, ‘Champion’ and
‘Higher State’, brought a refreshing voice to the rap world, and introduced a group in the
infant stages of discovering it’s new sound.
Recently, a series of quality singles and EP’s on home-base label Sleeveless Records saw
Pigeon Hole pick up where they left off with their brand of broken hip hop bass tunes, and
dabble in the newly coined ‘Halftime’ Drum & Bass sub-sect. The 2017 sticky-analog single
‘Headnod’ on Saturate Records, and the G-funk inspired ‘6 AM’ on Gravitas, got international
playlist support from DJ’s and were rinsed throughout the summer. Pigeon Hole fuelled
momentum by touring North American festivals, highlighted by prime time slot performances at
Shambhala, SXSW, and Burning Man’s Camp Questionmark Stage.
Pigeon Hole won’t stop there. They begin the new year at the front of the pack in an emerging
bass music landscape. One in which they have secured a position as both pioneers of the past
and innovators of an ever more promising future.
with support from the UBK DJ's
• Nick Degree • JVVY • Ten-O • 40oz •
• The Specialist • Ternmeupsum • Poppa Squats •
• Reigamortis • Oddbear • Touretto • Naomii •