12th February 2005
It's been along time since I've been an oldskool all-nighter
since Illusion late last year (2004) being the last. Tonight brought
me to my first visit to Amnesia House, Amnesia one of the original
promoters from back in the day, hosting legendry parties that
went down in rave folklore. Hailing from the Midlands hosting
events at the Coventry Eclipse and Shelly's in Stoke to name a
few. With events such as the Book of Love, which featured the
wedding of co-promoter Micky Lynas with the great Grooverider
as best man. The Amnesia name has a grand aura behind it
Amnesia House spearheaded with a new promotion team led by Man
Parris, with memories of Amnesia past with a line-up featuring
many of the Amnesia favourites alongside the new. What will hold
in store for us tonight as we welcome them to The Empire in Milton
Getting to The Empire Milton Keynes isn't too hard as I boarded
the B'ham New Street- Euston Virgin train. It only took an hour
as arrived in Milton Keynes Central just after 10. The Empire
is situated within 2 minutes from the train station. 'Helter Skelter'
has used the Leisure plaza complex as they've hosted 'Energy'
and their recent New Years eve event, 'Life' previously at this
complex. The Empire nightclub was the hardcore arena that 'Hardcore
Til I Die' used at Helter Skelter, so I knew what this venue was
A brief walk across the car park and I found The Empire nightclub.
Arrived to the nightclub and joined the guest list queue. To be
honest there wasn't that much of a queue for ticket holders and
for people paying on the door. After my guest list place was confirmed
I was given my VIP and Backstage passes and was in.
Headed straight into the main arena and DJ LJ High was warming
up in here.
It felt a bit odd seeing this club bare as when I've been here
before it's usually rammed with no space to move. As I'd arrived
after 10, I'm hoping it'll fill up later. I Found the VIP room
and met one of my old mates in there. The VIP room overlooked
the dance floor, though it gave us time to have a chance to catch
It didn't take us too long to find the oldskool room, Man Parris
was in here setting up a few last minute things. Back to the main
arena and LJ High was finishing up as he played 'In the Grind',
MC Five Alive was on the mic.
The dance floor started to fill up at this point as we saw the
arrival from Charge Recordings' Mampi Swift and some very attractive
stage dancers too.
Headed to the oldskool room and Flashback's very own Mistress
Mo was on. Mo was playing a 90-91 set. The room in here started
to fill up with people dancing on the small dance floor and raised
platforms. It's been along time since I've heard Mo play out and
it looked like she's been digging deep into her record box. As
Mo played some old gems such as 'Give it to me baby', Rhythm Section's
'Feel The Rhythm ', 'Music Takes you' along with The Production
house classic 'We are Hardcore'. Mo finished up the set with 'Crackman
Headed downstairs for Andy C, as Swift was finishing up, he played
' We want your soul'. To step up next was The Ram Man, The Guvnor
- Andy C alongside Juiceman and Bassman. Andy played a fast and
furious hectic set to the crowd. Teasing and double dropping tunes
as always. Hence why he is voted as the number 1 drum and bass
DJ. Te dance floor wasn't too busy but there was plenty of room
for people to shock out. Andy teased in a few favourites such
as Renegade snares as always along with other tunes as he played
'All that Jazz', 'Mysterons', 'Submarines' and ' Foundation VIP'.
He finished the set with 'Black Tarantula' featuring MC Spyda,
which went down a treat.
After Andy C it was Virus Recordings Ed Rush, Amnesia old favourites
MC's Lenni and Bassman accompanied Ed Rush. Ed Rush played a dark
set, as he is known for his techy dark styles. Playing a few favourites
such as 'The Nine' and 'Gasmask'.
Headed upstairs and caught Manchester's finest Stu Allen. Stu
Allen played an Anthems set playing many classics from 92, though
it did keep the crowd happy and jumping, as he played all the
regular '92 tunes such as 'Bombscare', 'Edge 1', 'The Bouncer'
just to name a few.
After Stu Allen it was the turn of DJ Ratty. It's great to watch
DJ Ratty, as he knows how to work the mixer, as I was watching
him teasing, switching and scratching tunes into the mix. He played
a '93 dark style set as he played tunes such as 'Living in Darkness',
'Valley of the Shadows' and also 'Wot's my Code-Dubplate' which
saw MC Lenni having a boogie in this room.
At this point I headed downstairs to catch Randall, another one
of the old Amnesia favourites. MCing was Bassman and Juiceman
rolling back-to-back Shadow Demon stylee. I enjoyed this set from
Randall, as it's not that often I get a chance to hear Randall
play. Randall played a dark rolling set his mixing was excellent
keeping the tune in the mix when it dropped hence why he is known
as 'Daddy Randall'. Randall played some rollers such as 'Outter
space' and 'The crossfire-Angel'.
Nicky Blackmarket was on next in the main arena but I decided
to catch Pilgrim instead upstairs. Pilgrim played a 90-91 set,
though there weren't many people dancing in here. This was one
of my favourite sets of the evening as he played 'Kiss The Sky',
Charly', 'Come together', Bizarre Inc's 'Playing with knives'
He also played two copies of 'Mentasm' and mixed them in and out
of each other which I've not hear him do with records for along
time! Pilgrim finished the set 'Music take's you' the Seal vocal
mix before heading home.
Musically I thought tonight was brilliant the DJ sets were all
top notch I couldn't fault a single set. Though unfortunately
there wasn't much of a crowd here as I think only a few hundred
people walked through the doors. As it really wasn't that busy
as I've mentioned before I've seen this club rammed to the rafters
with hardly any room to move, this was a totally contrast!
Tonight One Nation were hosting their annual Valentines bash
at the Brixton academy, London as I thought that the drum and
bass headliners featured tonight at Amnesia weren't going to show
up due to other events, but every single DJ and MC that was featured
on the flyer actually did turn up making it a full house.
The one thing that the line-up did lack was a stronger MC line-up
for the Drum and Bass. As the MC line-up was perfect for the oldskool
with MC's such as Lenni, Man Parris and Bassman all known for
oldskool but maybe unknown to new people into today's Drum and
Bass, as these guys were MCin' for Amnesia back in the day, over
12 years ago!
I felt there wasn't a strong enough MC line-up for the Drum and
Bass, had MC's such as Fearless, Eksman IC3, etc.. been billed
maybe it could of pulled people away from One Nation tonight.
The crowd that were in the main room seemed to be more locals,
though in the oldskool room upstairs I spoke to people who did
make an effort and travelled quite far to get here. As some people
travelled from Manchester just to catch Stu Allen!
With the name Amnesia associated with parties from back in '91-93
I would of expected oldskool to be in the main room rather than
upstairs in the smaller room. I do think that with the low turn
that the Amnesia crew are going to have to have a big re-think
of what to do next. As nearly a year ago when they held their
last party that they held at the Villa Leisure centre (Birmingham),
they had a low turn out again and oldskool was featured in the
I do think that maybe their better off holding events at smaller
clubs and building up the Amnesia name back again, rather than
holding events at large scale venue's.
Massive shouts to Man Parris and The Amnesia House Crew, Pilgrim,
Lenni, Mistress Mo, Stu Allen, Andy C, Loxy, Hazzard, Swift, Randall,
Bassman, Nicky BM, Astro, Adam Timless and also to everyone else
whose names I don't' know but faces I recognise.
Written by Xtra-C
Flashbackin' & Rewindin'