'The Return of a Legend'
Air (formerly Code)
25th February 2005
It's been along time since an oldskool night has been held in
Birmingham. I was quite looking forward to tonight, as I didn't
know what to expect seeing as this event was being promoted by
the oldskool MC, MC Magika.
Events at Air that are non Godskictchen have to be held on a
Friday night as apposed to Saturdays, which they used to be before
the beginning of this year. Luckily I have to take off all my
holiday before the end of February, so by chance I was able to
make the visit tonight.
Well we all met up at New Street as one of my friends made the
visit from London tonight for this event. After a short walk we
arrived in Digbeth at Air nightclub for 10.30 and was greeted
by a small queue. People were able to pay on the door though it
was £20 as opposed to pre booked tickets, which were only
£13.50 in booking fee. Though I did think that charging
£20 on the door was bit steep.
After a brief search and handing over our tickets we were in,
headed straight to the main room. The dance floor wasn't too busy
when we arrived, the clubs walls were covered in Raveology murals
and had a massive banner draped across the ceiling.
I headed upstairs to the Legends of the Dark Black room to find
District FM's DJ Astro on the decks. This was were everyone was
hiding, as the drum and bass room was busier than the main room.
Astro's set was getting everyone in the party mood as MC Biggie
accompanied him. Astro was bouncing around really enjoying himself
behind the decks as he was playing plenty of party tunes to get
the crowd bubbling as he dropped tunes such as 'Twist em out',
'Power of rah' along with others.
This room was hotting up time for me to make an exit, back in
the main arena and the DJ was finishing up though I was quite
impressed with his scratching as he played 'Sweet harmony'.
Next up were Raveology's residents and also the original MC and
DJ team the mighty
Ratpack. The main arena was quite busy whilst they were on, though
I was quite shocked seeing that these guys were on quite early
playing at 11.
In traditional Ratpack form Everson greeted the crowd with his
infamous 'oi oi' though this was ear piercing as the mic volume
was extremely loud.
Ratpack played a typical set from them though they did play a
few new tunes that I've not heard, one with a vocal called 'I
got soul' which sounded quite good, along with the traditional
Ratpack tunes 'Found a café' which I never get bored with,
' Brothers and sisters',' Out of space remix' and 'Uptempo'. During
this set the dancefloor started to fill up seeing as it did turn
11 and that local pubs would be shutting at this time the Ratpack
finished the set with 'Searchin' for my rizla'.
Well after the Ratpack it was the turn of DJ Ratty, Ratty started
off the set playing a '93 dark set. The room started to fizzle
out whilst he was on which was shame as he played lots of dark
tunes, as he started the set with 'Doc Scott's - NHS', 'Mentasm'
along with the Basement classic 'New direction' also 'Brothers
grimm-Exodus (Lion awakes)' and 'Living in Darkness'. He started
to move onto an early drum and bass tip for the later part of
his set. Ratty dropped 'The champion sound remix - Return to champion
sound' and 'It's a jazz thing'. He ended the set with the Metalheadz
roller from the Rufige Kru 'VIP Riders Ghost' which has the amazing
'Everyday in my life' vocal heavy tune should get played more
Next up was DJ Pilgrim, Pilgrim played a 92-94 set as he dropped
The Prodigy classics 'Ruff in the jungle',' Out of space', 'Total
XTC', 'Hardcore Heaven' even sneaked in a few early happy hardcore
tunes as he played Hectic 001 'Ramos and Supreme- Crowd control'
and 'Music is so wonderful'.
Well it was PA time featuring Production house's Baby D, Dyce,
Nino and MC Micro of MC MC's Rush hour was here to accompany Baby
Baby D with MC Nino and Micro started the set with a new upfront
drum and bass tune with full on vocals. The main room was rammed
especially at the front during the short PA. Baby D played 'I
need your loving' and of course performing 'Let me be your fantasy'.
It's surprising that they only play a small handful of tunes,
as one of my favourite Baby D tunes off the 'Deliverance' album
is 'Daydreaming'. I would love it for them to perform that along
with many others. But it was good to see MC Micro as I've not
seen him in many years as we reminisced about MC MC and other
members of the Rush hour posse.
After the PA it was the turn of Raveology resident and Flashback
heroine Mistress Mo, Micro and Nino were MCing for her set. Mo
played a 92 set featuring some great classics as she started the
set with the Moving shadow classic from 'Blame - Music take's
you', along with 'Some justice', 'Dub war dance conspiracy', 'MC
Lethal's - Rave Digger 'and 'Hypnosis'.
Well after the Mistress it was the turn of the Ravers Choices
DJ Vibes. Having spent a majority of the night in the main room
I decided to head up stairs. BBC 1-Xtra's Dangerous D was on,
MC's $pyda and Bassman were MCin for his set. The room was absolutely
rammed in here, it reminded of the sweatbox that was once the
chapel room back at the Que club.
Headed back downstairs for the remainder of Vibe's set as he
played 'Everybody can be'and 'Freedom' for the latter part. He
ended he set with the Kniteforce classic 'Take me away'.
Well next up was the jungle don from London town Nicky blackmarket.
Nicky started the set with Krome and Time's ' The Slammer' before
taking us on a trip down Drum and Bass memory lane playing plenty
of anthems from the yesteryear. He played 'Ratty and Tango's -
Final conflict', 'Champion sound' and 'Champion DJ'. The upstairs
drum and bass room shut and everyone congregated in the main arena
for the last 20 minutes dancing to some oldskool jungle. Nicky
upped the tempo playing plenty of jump up tune's as he played
the roller from V recordings 'Trouble' along with 'Bad ass', '2
Degrees' and 'Trick of technology' Nicky ended the night with
DJ Zinc's remix of 'Junglist'.
Overall I did enjoy the night, as it has been over 6 months since
an oldskool night has graced Birmingham. With a good variation
of sets from the DJ's though Ratty and Nicky Blackmarket sets
did stand out for me. There was a bit of attitude in the upstairs
room nothing that I couldn't handle with, but I did notice a few
skirmishes. The oldskool crowd downstairs were definitely up for
it and really friendly as I did meet plenty of the old Flashback
heads from the Que club days here tonight with some new faces
I do think that the MC line-up for the main arena was very weak
as really it was Magika, and Everson Allen. Magika didn't really
MC much in the main arena for most of the evening. Had someone
like Robbie Dee or Mad P been booked it may have been a bit more
busier and obviously as its MC's job to keep the crowd lively.
Massive shouts to Mistress Mo, Pilgrim, Vibes, Everson Allen and
Lipmaster Mark, Nicky Blackmarket, Biggie Accapello, Bassman,
$pyda, Baby D, MC Nino and Micro.
Big respects to Zoe and Collette, Jon Xlr-8, Astro and Faye,
Rob Learner, Brain Bk, Vicky, Manny, James from Suburban Sounds,
the midlands DNBA forum crew and everyone else whose names I don't'
know but faces I recognise.
Written by Xtra-C
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