Bongo Club, Edinburgh, Fri 9 Feb; Glasgow School of Art, Fri 16 Feb
DRUM & BASS
By the age of two most of us were doing well. We could walk, run, talk and generally fend for ourselves. Xplicit, however, have surpassed us all. In their short existence they have become the country’s biggest drum & bass night with monthly events in both Edinburgh and Glasgow. To celebrate their second birthday the club are staging a double whammy shindig for both east and west with headliners aplenty.
First up, the Bongo Club hosts the Edinburgh leg of the party with Shy FX headlining and production duo Chase and Status providing the back up. Shy FX built a name for himself with ‘94’s ragga-jungle anthem, ‘Original Nuttah’. He later flung open the drum & bass doors when ‘Shake Your Body’ - his 2002 collaboration with T-Power - achieved huge crossover success thanks to a lighter, more accessible sound. This trait can be found in many of his current releases on his own Digital Soundboy Recordings.
It’s round two the following Friday when Adam F steps up for Xplicit, Glasgow at the Art School. Infamous in D&B, notorious in hip hop, he’s the guy behind the sublime ‘Circles’ and the man who set up a 100 piece orchestra and choir to record the epic intro to ‘Smash Sumthin’’ with Def Jam’s Redman. ‘The past year drum & bass has been about developing new artists and then DJing their music,’ explains Mr F. And with the all-conquering Pendulum and the hotly tipped TC both emerging through his influential Breakbeat Kaos label, he’s a man of his word, as well as a DJ with some traditional dancefloor values. ‘I’m more into old school, rolling drum & bass to be honest. I’m a bit of a party man in that respect.’ Just as well really.