James Browning used to go around clubs recording DJs on his laptop but his dream was to launch a radio station. In 2015, the dream came into fruition and Balamii debuted on air as an online station and an IOS app.

Having previously recorded DJs live in places like Corsica Studios, Dance Tunnel, Bussey, James realised it made sense to record them in a studio and push them out on digital streams to own – an idea born out of the Boiler Room – and so Balamii’ studio was born. Now DJs record their mixes in Balamii’s custom-built studio in Holdrons Arcade where there’s a real community vibe, with local heroes such as Bradley Zero and the Peckham Springs guys as well as big names such as Marcellus Pittman and Throwing Shade stopping by.

As 100% of Balamii’s stuff is track listed, it is available to buy if an iTunes link is shown but if there’s no buying link, you can source it from the provider of their choice. Balamii’s USP is that they offer extensively time-coded, accurate listings which will serve both DJs and listeners.

The location idea came courtesy of YAM Records, the hip-hop, rock and Afro-pop label created by feted grime MC Afrikan Boy. They told James to use the arcade space for Balamii so he and Theo and Tom from Yam jogged down to the local timber merchant and collectively built what is available today. And, despite the fact sets are sent in from Sweden and Japan, it will stay Peckham-centric to keep it in the family.

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