About

Unit 137 is a sound system based in Lewisham, London. Unit 137 has operated successfully as a sound, artist collective, record label and event production crew since 2012.

Ethos

Unit 137 understand that there are different reasons why reggae, roots, dub, hip-hop, dancehall and jungle are important to each individual in the crew, the artists they collaborate with and for their audience. The reasons may be spiritual, political, religious, cultural, social, emotional, physical and/or technical. The collective is all about accepting everyone, unifying with music, pushing creativity, whilst remaining respectful and knowledgeable about the culture’s roots.

Diversification is a natural evolution of music and not specifically related to this generation. For Unit 137, appreciating diversity has helped them give space for each artist in the collective to bring his or her own different style to the mix. At the same time, they draw inspiration from the rich musical history of sound system culture and create and promote conscious forward thinking music that is not tied to one genre. Paying tribute to the wealth of heritage that has influenced them all, including reggae, roots, dub, jungle, dancehall, dubstep, rocksteady, hip-hop, grime, ska, soul, funk, jazz – the list goes on.

Unit 137 Sound System is a powerful hand built wooden system consisting of eight 18” super scoops, four HD 215 kick bins and four DMT 210 tops. Powersoft & Matrix amplification is used to produce the perfect balance of warm, deep bass and clear/crisp top end, with a well defined mid-range. The complete system has a peak output in excess of 20k watts. But the sound is more than just an object, it is home to a collective of artists and crew who embody the 137 ethos.

“One of the country’s leading underground sound system crews, not only incredibly talented musically but with an enviable stack that has been a pleasure to have as part of Tangled Roots.” – Kaptin (Boomtown Fair)

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Unit 137 have operated as an independent record label since 2012. The label releases music exclusively by the 137 crew and has released nine original singles/EPs and a number of exclusive dubplates. Their debut album, Unit 137 Vol. 1, was released in April 2018, including twelve original tracks from the full 137 crew and extended family.

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137tv is the official video outlet for Unit 137.

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Unit 137 produce and support events; using both the sound system and the eclectic mix of artists in the crew and extended family to create high energy, unique, inclusive events that promote quality music and sound.

Community is core to Unit 137 and our events reflect this ethos, promoting a positive message through music and environment.

“It was an absolute pleasure to work with Unit 137 on Lewisham People’s Day 2018. The whole team were professional, knowledgeable and totally dedicated to creating a beautiful musical vibe. Looking forward to our next creative collaboration!” Kellie Blake (Lewisham People’s Day)

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