Saturday, 9 October 2010

Tonights Plans

Abandon Silence is incredibly proud to present.. Ramadanman at Chibuku tonight. Chibuku is arguably Liverpool's most prestigious club night, and we are so happy to have been offered the chance to work alongside these guys in the creation of a night. In the Abandon Silence room will be Ramadanman, Horza, Kidheader and Grandav. We are incredibly excited about this one, we hope you can all make it!

Ramadanman - Work Them by blackacid

Just to get your juices flowing, here is a review I wrote about the relaunch party for Chibuku on the 18th September...

Chibuku 18th Sept

Benga, Claude Von Stroke, Joker, Four Tet, Jamie XX, Brackles

The Masque, Seel St

Chibuku. To the unitiated, this just sounds like a Kenyan tribe or the mumblings of a mad man, but to the clubbers of Liverpool, it’s a calling. After a Summer hiatus, The Chibuku bandwagon rolled into town, beating away fresh competition left, right and centre to relaunch with record ticket sales and a new drive for, “fresh and new line ups.”

I have heard grumblings that Chibuku is not fresh, for they say it has the same line ups over and over again. However, if Chibuku were to stop hiring the likes of Skream, Benga, Erol Alkan et al, they would be compromising their supremacy over the Liverpool electronic music scene. These artists are the best in the world, so there really is no need to gripe.

To combat these silly grumblings, the INK bar in The Masque has become the key place for the introduction of fresh artists. Tonight saw FOUR TET, JAMIE XX and BRACKLES all making their Chibuku debuts. In the coming months, other new faces such as Joy Orbison, Ramadanman, Roska and Tensnake will be heading into the old ‘bar’ room to make their respective debuts.

This is a sign of the times as these more underground artists are being given a platform at the biggest stage of them all in Liverpool, and as tonight has shown, people will listen. Brackles opened the INK bar tonight to a huge crowd, much more than I had expected. It is a great indication of the musical tastes of Liverpool that such a little recognised but hugely talented producer can muster such a crowd.

In contrast to the fresh faces populating the INK room, the Theatre had a familiar feel to it as Chibuku veteran CLAUDE VON STROKE returned once again to the hallowed stage. Von Stroke seemed to really enjoy his set, with classics Who’s Afraid of Detroit? and Deep Throat going down incredibly well. His eclectic set was one of the highlights of the whole night, but could not match the bass heavy antics taking place in the overly crowded Loft.

Being a warm up DJ at a huge night such as Chibuku must be one of the hardest musical jobs you could think of. For one, you must avoid playing anything that would clash with one of the big names’ sets later in the night for fear of incurring their wrath. And also, quite obviously, you must play to such a standard that the crossover from ‘resident DJ’ to ‘Name DJ’ is not noticeable.

Tonight’s ‘Name DJs’ were BENGA and JOKER. Joker, seen as one of the rising stars in bass music, was over half an hour late for his set, and despite the great efforts of his MC, NOMAD, he just could not connect with the crowd. Joker played some big tunes, such as his own remix of The Gossip’s Cruel Intentions and Trolley Snatcha’s ruthlessly powerful Here We Go, but due to his own poor punctuality, Chibuku had only half an hour to get a feel of what this guy is capable of, and you could feel that just wasn’t long enough.

Following on from Joker’s brief tenure was Benga. Fresh off the success of his major label Magnetic Man works and the top 5 smash Katy on a Mission, his set had a more celebratory feel. MC YOUNGMAN gave some great additional vocals, in particular when performing his own Benga collaboration, Ho. His set ran on well past the 3am curfew, but few seemed to notice as the crowd continued to sway and bounce to the tunes being showcased inside the Loft. Benga’s set was absolutely terrific; a great exposition for the man as a producer, with a great mixture of his own tracks and a well thought out selection of other tracks from, amongst other, Skream, Flux Pavilion and Breakage.

However, the best performance of the whole night came from the previously mentioned warm up DJ, RICH FURNESS. Despite appearing to be way too far gone to even be allowed near a set of decks, his set was a cataclysm of music, taking in gabba, dubstep, house, reggae and a few things in between. Seemingly intent on causing as much havoc as possible, the endless stream of ‘pull ups’ added to the atmosphere, giving everyone a chance to relive each huge drop. The plunge in BPM from his usual 140 areas to the slower Munch Moombahcore remix of Datsik’s Firepower was a showing of perpetual DJ Skills that didn’t go overlooked, as that track received possibly the biggest cheer of the whole night.

On current evidence, Liverpool’s electronic music scene is slowly sloping over a plateau of saturation. However, on the evidence of tonight, and also with an eye on the line ups planned for Chibuku this Autumn, we are all in safe hands whilst the night with the oddest name lives on.

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