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Viper & Funkatech @Cable 19th October 2012

I went down to Cable on the 19th October, Funkatech Records were in the second room with Viper Recordings in room 1. Room 2 opened with DJ Cubit playing oldskool garage, dubstep & D&B progressively getting bassier over time. The room had a sparse crowd at the time with the main space through the doors attracting large numbers with the heavy flowing D&B.

Noisses came on afterwards playing a smooth set of chilled house, deep 4×4 filling the space with catchy and uptempo rhythms. We spoke when he arrived about “Run Your Mouth” featuring The Foreign Beggars, Lady Leshurr & RTKAL among other things. His set oozed deep rhythm and soul throughout creating a catchy hard edged lounge feel that made everyone vibe out.

Specimen A came on bringing breakbeat, more beats and bass in their set playing all sorts. Miss Trouble MC did her thing in the main room, bringing heavy flows and rhythmic lyrical hype over the mad D&B, literally went down and jumped about from the side of the main stage. The VIP Balcony gave view to the whole main room crowd hype. You could see everyone jumping up and down/ flexing about to the tempo, which is what I do alot!

I went into the main room for Darrison’s set getting the crowd railing around to the tempo flinging themselves about rhythmically; the sub swamping about. Deffo win!

Nicky D’Silva one half of Pyramid came on hyping up the place with breakbeat, his refix of Mr Happy by Hazard & Distorted Minds tearing up the place alongside other tunes and bass edits. The bass on the night was loud, the main room with constant D&B was alot louder, heard every time the doors opened but the second room had a more chilled out and diverse vibe which I preferred. G Double MC’d throughout the Pyramid set adding a vocal dimension to the live set.

Scoundrel came on playing dubstep, beats and breaks as the last set on the night, finishing around 4pm with a punch. The main room carried on till the end, but I left early around 4:30 so I could still get up the next morning, which I did with a sore throat and a dizzy spell.

Manic lineup, diverse night, the legacy of Funkatech & Viper Recs continues. Except it’s Funkatech who have proven to be main room worthy hitting all the right notes.

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BEast Festival @XOYO- 10th March Live Photos

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BEast Festival @XOYO- 10th March 2012 (Part 2)

Driving Lolita, a 3 piece band came on afterward, Abraz on the guitars, D-Code on the synths and electro based production and Graziella on the vocals performing Run with a mixture of Grunge/ Electro/ Hip-hop/ Dubstep/ Metal/ Drum & Bass/ Techno/Garage/ Acid House and loads of other underground influences you can think of. Growing up with a mixture of metal, soul, hip-hop, going round record shops playing old Lp’s or going through my Dad’s collction, seeing them perform live and hearing their tracks before and after the night, it was everything in one go: http://www.drivinglolita.com

Engine-EarZ Experiment next, consists of Prashant Mistry on the keys, Marcus aka MC Data on the vocals alongside Jade Browne bringing soul, Kabir Kainth on the percussion with James Billinge on the drums. Performing a hard edge set with the likes of Battlescars, Nemesis, Shadow People + more, a mixture of asian flavours, Soul, Jazz over militant bass and manic synthesis coupled with extreme percussive skill cutting through. As a percussionist myself, classically trained on the tabla, it was great seeing the rhythmic energy flow with soul over the whole set:  http://www.engine-earz.com

The Nasha Experience played their set, a distinctive mashup of “bass music with an eastern influence” coupled with breakbeat, dubstep and other styles of tracks throughout with manic dance moves attempted by tipsy crowd members with Adam F afterwards playing Nero, Skism, breakbeat, drum & bass and more. I was dissapointed with his set expecting more genuine and exciting tracks mixing the buildups across different tracks before and after the heavy drops. This led to a set that lost and regained energy throughout lacking consistency.

Towards the end of the night Prash found me and we had a chat outside afterwards; as a music producer myself, it was a well appreciated moment! He pretty much told me whatever track you work on, you have to pour your soul into it and make sure the production with all the elements are spot on. A lot of people get bogged down in networking and don’t spend enough time on their craft. You can know everyone in the industry but it won’t help if you don’t have the skills to match. He poured is heart into Kaliyuga and got noticed.

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BEast Festival @XOYO- 10th March 2012 (Part 1)

After sending a message to Nerm online, I headed down to XOYO to the night. Engine-EarZ, Driving Lolita, Shaa’ir +Func were playing alongside Vivek, Nasha Experience, Bambooclart. Bobby Friction and Orifice Vulgatron (Foreign Beggars) presented the night with a massive reception from the crowd. It was part of the BEast festival between XOYO and CM Sounds (Community Music) that included a week of seminars at the venue with several live nights.

After catching Riz quickly, a militant sweep of vibeful garage just immersed itself into the front space. The security dudes thought I was part of the crew and offered to let me through… Oldskool garage and bass music filtered through with the likes of Ramsey & Fen, Dubaholics’, Doolally, wittyboi, Jaheim and more massive tunes.

Nerm swifted through the crowd, recognised me and ended up chilling with the crowd for the main event; personal relatives, mates and more. It was great talking to the family, friends including the guitarist of Driving Lolita and Bambooclart. D-Code briefly came through and spoke to all of us before heading out again. His height reminded me of the D&B Arena interview he had with Nerm describing him as having a large alien head. It was great talking to Dee and I felt humbled at his genuine welcome. I grew up since the age of 16 listening to Electro East, Nerms show on the BBC Asian Network and the Shiva Soundsystem mixes on radio 1’s In new DJ’s we trust so it was a moment to remember.

Shaa’ir + Func were the first band up with deep asian influences on an electro spin, soulful lyrics over shuddering bass. The music was insanely great; one of their mates in the crowd passing over a sticker immediately. The band is Monica and Randolph, playing a mix of smooth vocals over experimental electro and guitar vibes with Indian/ Asian influences. I didn’t know about them before the night but the music was great without a doubt: http://www.shaairandfunc.com

All the acts blended inwith one another seemlessly. Riz MC delivered snappy intellectual lines over punchy beats and bass. The highlight for me was his performance of Hundreds and Thousands with a mixture of oldskool drum & bass after a lyrical recital of Sour Times a psychologocal take on the perception of Muslims who are driven to commit terrorist acts. The two DJ mix competition winners played their set with a tracklist of syncopated dark grooves and all sorts of vibes ensued among the crowd. http://www.rizmc.com

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Foreign Beggars At Electric Brixton on the 10th December 2011

Tribe presents Never Say Die vs Circus records @Electric Brixton, Saturday 10th December 2011
I went to interview the Foreign Beggars before their set at Electric Brixton at 2am on the 10th December. They arrived quite just before 2 so there wasn’t enough time but they gave out a massive performance with a militant set regardless. I remember distinctly chilling to some Caspa,  and Engine-EarZ with my mate Luke before we headed out. Other acts on the night included Flux Pavilion, Skism, Funtcase, Zomboy and many others.

Luke and I headed out soon afterwards reaching the place for the first set played out by Mobscene, their set including a massive list of tracks, heavy rhythms and surprisingly soft on the ears Lol. Sometimes sound systems have alot of treble so it might hurt the ears for a while. Bass Cannon dropped several times during the night right till 6am, with the consistent reaction every time; ultimate awe at the militant vibe and bass.
The Foreign Beggars smashed their set performing ‘Shellshock’, ‘no holds Barred’, ‘Lines In wax’, “Solace One”, “Jump Back” with Orifice Vulgatron and Metropolis delivering snappy, rhythmic and punchy vocals over every vibe that presented itself. DJ Nonames stood behind the two doing what he does best, cutting up and spinnin’ in a hard edge fashion, between the tracks, scratching several times in the set.
The MC that performed with Zomboy looked like Karl Pilkington from the series “An Idiot Abroad,” with an immediate chuckle from Luke after we both realised we thought the same! That was a right laugh, with all the MC’s letting out rhythmic poetry, pure jungalist style! A DJ on a set with an MC toastin’ heavy syncopated flows.
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Flux pavilion played Superbad, Lines In The Wax, Bass Cannon with the same awesome reaction from the crowd, my head bouncing to the bass. The modulated chords were played, with Doctor P, playing his remix of the Tetris theme alongside other tracks. Funtcase smashed the place playing dark and twisted basslines, syncopated grooves to minor melodies and chords giving a deep atmosphere to the set, constantly changing and evolving the sounds in the mix. Skism tore the place down with his set, played a few remixes and original tracks such as Power, Elixir and Jump Back ft the Foreign Beggars. The foreign Beggars did a live performance of that track in their set too so it was great!
Dodge and Fuski, the last set on the night, or early morning should I say. Their set had the most bass and made the whole place resonate on a subsonic level, the levels were loud and pounding, even my pint was swooshing around! They played a Caspa’s remix of the track Hangover, the energetic madness with the “Ba ba ba baba baba” vocals mixed in with ragga led bass was cannot be described, I just loved it! Lol
The two DJ’s that were unnamed after Dodge and Fuski played a mix of garage, ragga, Drum and bass, Jungle and more mixing to a bouncy and rhythmic flow. A nice way to end at 6am with a set equal to the ones before. The event was deffo a success with alot of inspiration and militant vibes throughout every set alongside live performances from MC’s and the Foreign Beggars, Respect!!

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