Soul Candi Presents “Kid Fonque & Friends”.
Kid Fonque & Friends
Whether he’s spinning otherworldly electronica, velvety soul, house laced with saucy samba rhythms, chin-stroking nu jazz or dubstep that makes your ribcage vibrate, a Kid Fonque set will always fresh, refined and technically adept.
Working his way up from CD stores to label manager of independent powerhouse Soul Candi Records, music has never been a side project for Kid Fonque. Unique in his ability to merge a myriad of different influences into a style that is entirely his own.
Best known for his genre-defying DJ sets, Kid Fonque (AKA Allan Nicoll) is an accomplished all-rounder. But far from being ‘jack of all trades, master of none’, his ability to traverse so many different styles, successfully—places him among the country’s most reputable DJs.
Even in his early days as a DJ in the late 90s, Kid Fonque rejected the idea of a limited palette, embracing neglected genres like bossa nova and underground hip hop. His first residency at legendary night club 206 defined his future direction as a master of smoky lounge sounds. His growing reputation saw him appear on countless line-ups – showcasing his freestyle sound at seminal night spots all over the country, and beyond SA borders at events in Swaziland and Zimbabwe.
His growing popularity shifted Fonque out of the chill room and onto the main floor— supporting international imports like Jazzanova, Ame, DJ Krush, DJ Cam, Charles Webster, Mr Scruff, Fink, Luke Solomon, Rainer Truby, Gilles Peterson, Darshan Jesrani (Metro Area), DJ Craze (3 x World DMC Champ), DJ Naughty, Alex Kid, DJ Yoda, Aaron Jerome, Nick Matthews, Basement Jaxx, Simbad, The Gaslamp Killer, Kode 9, Till Von Sein, Jon Jon, and Alton Miller, Mala, Swindle, DJ Oil, MdCL, Charles Webster, Diplo and many more—along the way. A festival veteran, Kid Fonque has played his distinctive worldly beats at Rustlers, Rocking the Daisies, Rezonance, We Are One, Oppikoppi and Brickfields.
In January 2004 the Kid released his first mixed CD, ‘Saladomundo’ on USM. Living up to its title (meaning ‘Lounge of the World’), Fonque’s debut seamlessly merged global rhythms and was met with critical acclaim, going on to sell over a 1000 copies. The follow-up ‘Saladomundo Vol.2’ was released in March 2005 and further cemented his reputation as a reliable tastemaker.
In 2005, Kid Fonque and Craig Massiv were headhunted to compile and mix a compilation for Jazzanova’s Berlin-based record label, Sonar Kollektiv. The project also involved remixing a track by one of the featured artists, Deyampert. ‘Kollektiv Worx’ was released in October 2005 on Ready Rolled Records making it the first local release and remix in the broken beat/nujazz genre.
In August 2008 Fonque released the ‘The Candi Lounge’ under Soul Candi Records. Saturated with music from some the finest downtempo producers in the world (Blue 6, Bonobo, Motorcity Soul and RJD2 – to name a few), Fonque introduced a new audience to his broad and inspired taste.
In 2011 Fonque dropped ‘Two sides of The Beat’- a double disc release far more representative of the diversity he’s known and loved for. The first disc bulges with 4/4 dancefloor deepness and the second shimmers with Fonque’s luscious lounge grooves. His monthly night at Kitcheners (of the same name) coalesces all his influences, bringing together different genres and people.
2013 Kid has released, ‘Kid Fonque and Friends’ is, in many ways, the culmination of all his previous endeavors – it coalesces all his influences and unites some of the like-minded musicians he’s met on his journey.
Fluid and enthralling, Kid Fonque is on a skyward trajectory with no brake pad in sight. His career reveals an individual whose life is passionately rooted in music and the sharing of it. The South African scene is indebted to him for introducing new sonic territories and reinforcing the importance of keeping an open mind.
After many years selecting and collecting as a DJ, bringing the right sounds together for superb events and records – Soul Candi label boss Kid Fonque has finally stepped into the studio. His debut release as an artist, ‘Kid Fonque and Friends’ is the culmination of all his previous endeavours – uniting all his influences and like-minded musicians he’s met on his journey. It’s a blend of everything that Kid Fonque is loved for: broken beats, house, jazziness and a hint of hip hop. The release will feature a long list of interesting collaborations – Zaki Ibrahim, Okmalumkoolkat, Jullian Gomes, Marc De Clive Lowe, Jonny Miller and more. The album can be sampled below: