The Que Club
12th July 2003
Once again Slammin Vinyl back in Birmingham as they grace the
Que club, with their array of stars. It's been 5 months since
the last Slammin at the Que club.
Well it was worth the wait.
Arrived in town for just before 9:30 met up with Wilson and we
went to the Que club. The queue was quite big as there was a lot
of ravers eager to get inside, they didn't open the doors till
10, as Bailey was on first and arrived just as we headed to the
Tonight was not a sell out, but it still was busy. As people
were buying tickets from the box office. Headed straight to the
main arena wand was greeted to bass lines that was of the BBC's
1-Xtra's DJ Bailey, Bailey played lots of upfront new material,
mainly dub plate pressure as I didn't recognise many of the new
tunes that he was playing. As Kool Live is back its good to hear
new tunes and put names to tunes these days.
I headed to the Hardcore arena, as tonight it was the Hardcore
Heaven Album launch party and was greeted to the sounds of raver
baby's UFO. He played a lot of new material as he was mixing off
CD's. There were quite a number of vocally tunes along with some
tunes which had a break beat feel which I do feel has been missing
in a lot of new hardcore tunes for the past year.
Dougal was on straight after UFO, but I didn't hang around too
long as Mampi Swift was up next in the oldskool room. This set
was wicked as he was playing 97 jungle classics.
As with oldskool people refer it as being 88-92 but now it has
broaden a lot these days with a lot of old material to cover.
Well I ran into the room and was greeted by the bass line from
Trouble one of my favourite tunes on V. He carried on playing
tunes such as Quest, Angles (another killer) also he played R-Type,
and Dirty Chopper remix. There was no MC to this set, but hiding
in the shadows was no other than IC3 as he was raving it up like
a true soldier.
Near the end of Swift's set I headed back to the main arena and
it was busy as Bryan Gee was on along with the Nu-Breed crew,
Foxy, Fatman D and Shortston. It was good to hear them passing
the like around mcin back to back it was all good. Bryan Gee finished
the set with Screamer, which is a blinder of a tune at the moment.
Swift played another awesome set he started up with some darkside
mental tune, which I really liked, he also played some of Formation's
Twsited new stuff including bandwagon blues I think (the tune
in which twisted takes the piss out of 10 t-minus). Which got
rewound and then double dropped with the Beginning from Moving
Fusion, his last tune was heavy but i ont' know it .This set was
really stompy and dark, definitely for the headstrong.
Well up next was supposed to have been DJ Hype but once again
he has let down the Que club faithful. Mistress Mo filled in for
She has picked up along way on since her moving on from hard house
to playing drum and bass in the last year. She played some quality
tunes as she started off with evil streets which got the crowd
rocking, she also played the Shy FX's remix of wolf which she
played the other night on Kool, which went down really well, she
also played an Urban takeover classic Swoosh ya rockin.
I caught the end of Hixxy as he was playing some new tunes then
started to player older tunes which worked quite well, the crowd
was having it so much that the turntables started to join in with
the fun and started to make the records bounce.
Nick Rafferty was on next I'm not a hard house fan so I dispersed
along most of the other Hardcore ravers. In the oldskool room
and Elis Dee was on playing '92 anthems along side Birminghams
very own MC Lenni. Lenni seems to work the crowd really well when
he's mcin in a smaller room, does show that Lenni can still rock
a party as he's been going on 10 years strong.
Stu Allen was on in the hardcore room playing Kinetic 95 style,
this was the set I have been waiting for. He played a blinder
of a set playing all the bouncy techno tunes including Now Is
The Time, Hold Me Now also the ruffneck classic jiieehaaa, when
that dropped the crowd went ballistic. Even though it was extremely
hot inside of here like a sauna, I think I'm now starting to get
immune to the heat of Que club's sweatbox after 4 years.
Kev Energy was on next I'm not a big fan of freeform Nu-Nrg so
I decided to sit this one out and headed to the merchandise stall
see what offers they had. Well you shouldn't buy your tape packs
straight away as there less than ½ price here some packs
that I paid some good money for were dirt cheap couldn't believe
it but these are packs that are over 12 months old
. I headed
to the chill out room for a well-earned rest
After relaxing my raving feet it was back to the dance floor
as DJ Sy and MC Storm got the party into action in the hardcore
arena. Sy was playing a lot new material some from up and coming
producers fair play, as this is the only way forward and to experiment
is good. He also played the Quosh remix of bring me round to love,
which I admit I do like. Storm was working the crowd into frenzy
as he can only do best.
I quickly went into the drum and bass room and caught some of
Shy Fx as he was accompanied by Navigator and Spyda caught him
playing Trust me.
Well Mark Eg arrived for the end of Sy's Set, Sy was also to
play oldskool next door, the room wasn't busy in here whilst Pilgrim
was finishing up but soon as Sy came here the room just got busy.
Well it was 5 o'clock and the light was shining through in here
felt like raving outside. I thought Sy was going to be finishing
were Pilgrim left off instead he played a quality '96 happy hardcore
With tunes such as JDS Higher love, Heart of Gold, Shooting Star,
Dread land ( which he double dropped with the bassline from Bad
Ass quality drop Sy,) and finishing the night with Sound Assassin's
Like a prayer remix. Storm was on top again throughout this set
hyping up the crowd for the final hour.
Well that was the icing on the cake of tonight entertainment
listening to some quality happy hardcore mixed and scratched by
the Scratch master Sy.
I was listening too more new hardcore tonight as there's quite
lot of new material throwing about. With the album launch for
the next Hardcore Haven album being showcased tonight it's probably
worth buying. Also having Nick Rafferty was a bit stupid as he
ended up emptying half the hardcore room, could have done better
having an up'n'comin. The turnout wasn't amazing but this is mainly
due to people going on holiday and also there's Global Gathering
in 2 weeks time. With another Slammin' in less than a month at
The Sanctury , but there was enough people here to make the atmosphere
in here tonight cosy.
Well it's the big one in two weeks see ya then.
Well big shout to Mo for sorting out guestlist cheers, also to
Lenni, Storm+ Sarah, SY, Swift IC3, Pigrim and Whizzkid.
Also a massive shout to the ravers, Wilson, Leanne, Shaun, Olly,
Rickey + Brother, Astro, Scotty (happy B'day) Dave, Del and everyone
else I met and forgotten your names shouts to you.
Written by Xtra-C
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