Music Forever Album Launch
Air (Formerly Code)
Friday 8th April 2005
Tonight was the album launch of Charge recordings album 'Music
Forever'. This was my first visit to Random Concept, after hearing
how successful the first event was I wanted to check out Random
Concept for myself.
Random Concept does not only feature drum and bass but also makes
full use out of the other 2 arena's that Air has to offer, with
a Breaks and Liquid arena's.
I arrived just after 10:30 and was greeted by quite a slow moving
queue, the queue didn't start to move until 11. The dress code
policy of tonight was no caps or hoods and security were enforcing
this code. As they were actually taking people's hooides and caps
off them and placing them into a cardboard box, I wander if they
would receive their items back later on in the evening.
Emptying my pockets and a brief search I was in, walked straight
into the main arena and Garry K was finishing up. MC's Presha
and Biggie were MCin, at this point the main arena started to
After Garry K it was the turn of DJ Fresh, Fresh was playing
plenty of his own material along with some old Bad Company classics
mixed in, as he played 'Torpedo's', 'Floodlight' and 'Tombraider'.
Fresh's new material is featured on the fourth coming Music Forever
album. Presha and Biggie were hyping up the crowd, as they were
MCing back to back.
During the set Presha was throwing in whistles and horns into
the crowd to try and encourage some participation from the crowd.
The main arena was rammed at this point, there was not much room
to move, especially at the front of the arena.
Next up was DJ Blame, I've not heard him last play out. So I
was very interested to hear what Blame was up to these day's,
as I know him for more his early stuff on Moving Shadow. Blame
started the set with 'Screamer', he played 'Mysterons', 'Rah',
'Submarines' and teased in 'The Nine'. Skibadeee turned up to
MC for Blame's set hyping up the crowd with his infectious squawk,
as he is the 'Lenny Henry' of the Drum and Bass world.
To follow up from Blame it was the highlight of the evening as
it was the main man from Charge, 'Mampi Swift', with his partner
in crime 'The El Matador' IC3 accompanied Swift. Swift's set was
awesome with double drops and impact mixing. This set was on for
two hours he dropped numerous tunes playing some old favourites
along with new as he played 'All that jazz',' Outter Space', 'In
the grind', 'Floodlight' and 'Play me', teasing in a few favourites
such as 'The One', 'Turbulence' and 'Dubplate'
IC3 and Skibadee were MCin back to back for the first hour then
after IC3 was left on his own. With the energy that Mampi has
from his mixing I swear he could be gabba DJ as there is not time
to stand still when he's on the decks! Near the end of Swift's
set saw the arrival of Dynamite MC.
After the showcase from Charge, DJ Friction was up next, this
was one of my favourite set's Dynamite and Fearless were on MCing
back to back. I really enjoyed Frictions set, he played plenty
of my favourites tonight mixed in with plenty of new tunes too.
With Dynamite and Fearless working off each other, giving the
set that extra edge.
Friction dropped an old favourite of mine 'True romance', along
with 'Nosher', 'Outter space', 'Back to your roots' and 'Aint
too loud'. Andy C was running late so Friction had to play an
extra 15-20 minutes, but I don't think he didn't mind as he looked
like he was really enjoying himself behind the decks!
His last tune was heavy rocking the dance floor I don't what he
played but it does have a Dillinja sound to it!
Finally Andy C did turn up, Fearless MC'ed through out his set
a classic DJ and MC combo! Andy's set was rocking teasing in many
tunes with his quick fire mixing sneaking in 'Renegade Snares',
'Turbulence' as he played 'Black tarantula' 'Back to the oldskool'
and 'Spread love'.
With Andy turning up late he finished his set at 5:20 as apposed
to 5. As the crowd got one extra last tune he finished the set
with the new 'Burial' remix he sneaked 'Trust me ' over it.
Overall I had a good time tonight, I didn't venture much out
of the main arena, though I did have a peak in the breaks room,
as I do enjoy breaks with it's oldskool vibe to it, though the
room was empty. There is a night dedicated to Breaks at Air, though
I think it would bring a totally different clientele especially
with Shut up and Dance headlining legends in their own right.
So hopefully that should be busy.
There were no dancers or even the live break dance show, which
was a bit disappointing though there must have been a valid reason
for them not being here tonight.
With the text message board being used at Air, I do think that
it does really need some form of moderation, as there were plenty
of abusive messages targeting some of the artists tonight. I know
there's having a laugh but some of it is beyond a joke.
The crowd here tonight was similar to that of previous Accelerated
Culture nights at Air. I didn't see any trouble or any moody vibes,
with plenty of people enjoying the music raving and having a good
Massive shouts to Fearless, IC3, Andy C, Biggie, Garry K, Chris
Lambert, Zoë + Collete, Ben, Amy + Chris, Escape, Alpha (good
to see you man!!), Mello from District, Brian BK, Oly Thumpa,
Mandrake, Munkeh and the DNBA midlands crew and everyone else
whose names I don't' know but faces I recognise.
Written by Xtra-C
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