The Allergies

“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.

Since  forming  in  2012  The  Allergies  have  made  it  their  mission  to  reshape  funky  vintage  sounds  for  the  modern  dancefloor.

Both  skilled  turntablists  in  their  own  right,  and  known  for  their  45  only  vinyl  sets,  the  duo  of  DJ  Moneyshot  &  Rackabeat  first  bonded  over  their  love  of  classic  hip-hop  and  beats,  then  decided  to  pool  their  knowledge  and  skills  into  making  their  own  music.

“We  like  breaks,  funky  basslines,  horns,  and  dancefloor  grooves.  We’re  inspired  by  the  golden  eras  of  funk,  soul,  disco  and  hip-hop,  and  we  try  and  cram  that  into  three  and  a  half  minutes”.

Along  the  way  they’ve  racked  up  two  ‘Tune  of  the  Month’  awards  in  Mixmag,  topped  download  charts,  and  helped  headline  the  BBC  6  Music  festival  in  their  native  Bristol  last  year.

In  2015  they  were  snapped  up  by  Jalapeno  Records,  and  dropped  their  debut  album,  As  We  Do  Our  Thing,  a  year  later.  On  release  it  gained  ‘Album  of  the  Day’  status  on  6  Music,  and  became  the  bestselling  hip-hop  album  in  the  iTunes  and  Juno  charts.

The  LP  took  in  all  their  funk,  soul,  disco,  hip-hop  and  breakbeat  influences,  and  featured  guest  vocals  from  HypeMan  Sage,  BluRum13  and  Ugly  Duckling’s  Andy  Cooper,  who  mesmerized  in  lead  single/video,  Rock  Rock.

The  Allergies’  second  album  Push  On  charged  up  the  UK’s  official  indie  album  charts  on  its  debut  and  became  album  of  the  week  on  Juno.  The  singles  started  racking  up  serious  plays  on  BBC  6  Music  and  BBC  Radio  2  in  the  UK  as  well  as  across  Europe,  with  a  second  6Music  ‘Album  of  The  Day’  and  a  coveted  ‘Album  of  the  Year’  award  to  crown  things  off  in  2017.    Not  to  mention  a  feature  in  national  paper  –  The  Observer  and  another  album  of  the  year  award  from  Juno  Records.

After breaking onto the scene with a Mixmag ‘Tune of the Month’, The Allergies (DJ Moneyshot and Rackabeat) continued in their mission to bring re-fuelled funk and feel good hip-hop to the masses. The three LPs that followed, on Brighton’s Jalapeno Records, were sonic steps forward for the pair, winning them die-hard fans and BBC 6 Music ‘Album of the Day’ and ‘Album of the Year’ awards along the way.

With each successive release they found strength in numbers, with the duo forming a crack team of vocalists, rappers, and musicians around them, fleshing out their sound. Andy Cooper, of underground LA rap legends Ugly Duckling, became their powerhouse front man. Soul-sensation Marietta Smith, the deadly diva. And Dub FX’s sax star Mr. Woodnote, their master of the badass brass.

This unit, formed in the studio, since took to the stage, becoming The Allergies live band. What followed were barnstorming festival sets, and sell out shows at the world famous Jazz Cafe in London. Album number four, Say the Word, will be released summer, 2020. So, get ready for Latin, funk, hip-hop, boogie, and beats, on this one. Plus super special guest slots, and future Allergies live show classics in the mix. Business as usual, then!