18 June 2009

Skream vs. Benga at FWD B-day Bash 7 06 09


Skream vs Benga live at Forward (FWD) 060709 [Hotfile download] Skream’s 23rd Birthday Bash.

I wish the quality was better, I wish Emcee ranted less, I wish there were less rewinds (made me totally irritated in my dnb era, though on the dancefloor sometimes I wanted them badly, but listening to the recorded set is a different story) but still this is absolutely stellar set with tons and tons of dubplates, wicked remixes and dubstep extravangaza.

As usual, Skream and Benga show their strong skills as good selectors, focusing less on the overall ‘flow’ of their sets or smooth transitions between the tracks but more on dropping banging tune after banging tune. And they have so much fun all the way through. Well, the tracklist is really ridiculous!

My personal highlights are: Crazy Cousinz feat. Kyla - Day Dreaming (LD Remix) heavy!; Joker & Ginz vs Tempa T - Re-Up/Next Hype Mash Up – OMG – what a f…g killing mash up !!!!!! BBK - Too Many Man (Skream Mix) – another grime killer remixed by Skream – nice job with accapelas, refixed into a pretty 2-stepish thing; Zinc feat. Nolay - Killer Sound (Skream Mix) – another great mix from Skream; Skream - Clap Your Hands – Skream’s banger! Emalkay - When I Look At You – great ‘buttons job”, fantastic melody (reminding me slightly of the Township Funk synths) with contagious female vocals. TIP! MJ Cole - Sincere (Nero Remix) – another killing vocal remix! Skream - Chestboxing (Benga Remix) – friend-on-friend remix – uber dope shit. And finally: Skream - What The Fuck Are You Looking At? Yessssssss Man!!!

Yo, Americanos – Benga & Skream invade the States right now. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear them dropping heavy and wicked bass bombs on you. Even on a shitty soundsystem they rock the house (which was the case last autumn when I went to the festival in Cracow to watch these youngsters playing). And watch out Polese – Skream and Benga will play a special gig on 17 October 2009 in a famous Eskulap Club in Poznań (with crispy new ultra heavy Sound System) so you’d better be there.

TRACKLIST AFTER THE JUMP