Electric Brixton played host to Spectrum‘s return after a jaw dropping launch night in October. The line-up didn’t disappoint with the likes of American glitch hop extraordinaires The Glitch Mob, certified drum and bass royalty Shy FX and Ram Records new kids on the block Loadstar bringing this wall to wall sweaty, bass thirsty crowd to frenzy.
Electric Brixton (previously the famous venue The Fridge) is a converted Victorian cinema and being just a stone’s throw from the underground it couldn’t be better positioned. Inside it looks as though it should be a grand opera house with a black tie policy, but tonight opera is off the menu and it is delicious drum and bass all round.
As I arrive Loadstar are gearing up the crowd with their new synthy, bass heavy single…
As I arrive Loadstar are gearing up the crowd with their new synthy, bass heavy single Berlin. These guys, recently having been championed by the likes of Annie Mac and Zane Lowe, are sure to be propelled into the same league as their Ram Records counterparts Sub Focus and Chase and Status if tonight is anything to go by.
With no disrespect to Loadstar, they need to take a leaf out of Shy FX’s book as he shows everyone why his name packs such a punch on the DJ circuit. Tonight he’s accompanied by the established MC Wrec, who is no stranger to getting on the mic alongside the likes of High Contrast. Unsurprisingly Shy FX reel out classics like Everyday and with a few sneak peeks from his new album he strolls through an incredible set with ease.
Spectrum is fast becoming a big name in drum and bass nights…
I could leave a happy man following Shy Fx, but as if it that wasn’t enough The Glitch Mob bring the roof down. Somehow I managed to get right to the front to see this Los Angeles three-piece play their electronica using an array of laptops and midi controllers. The fact they are able to pull off playing this live is a feat in itself and if the gallon of sweat which poured off me is anything to go by then they did it in style.
Spectrum is fast becoming a big name in drum and bass nights and they have so far produced two of the best line ups I’ve seen on the calendar for a long time. But hey, don’t just take my word for it, December’s installment is just round the corner!
Images courtesy of Spectrum