Picture the scene – it’s the Saturday before Bastille Day. A line up is announced with Ed Banger’s DJ Feadz, Ghettotech/B-More loving DJ Kazey and the four man turntable crew Birdy Nam Nam. Put the two together and you’ve got a Red, White and Blue party to end them all. Being a Frenchie myself, there was no way this was going to be missed and what a party it was.
French flags on sticks were everywhere [including in my belt] and as Birdy Nam Nam took to the stage on an incredible 8-deck set up, the excitement was at fever pitch.
DJ Need, DJ Pone, Little Mikey and Crazy B are known as a team with great technical skills as well as the ability to create epic tracks using only scratches, but what they showcased here was even more than that. They brought the heaviest beats and the groggiest basslines to turn the room full of French people into a mass of jumping, shouting and dancing with continued shouts of “Du Bruit!”. Even their signature tune, Abessess, got the dance treatment and was made faster and more upbeat. Two encores were played due to rabid crowd demands before they were finally allowed to leave.
What followed was a showcase in how to get people moving. Hearing tracks by Mr Oizo, Busy P [that Crookers remix is just too good], Lil Wayne and Justice made sure there wasn’t a stationary person in the house. It was a fitting way to showcase the best talent France has to offer and the celebrations carried on well into the night. Let’s hope this was the first of many French nights at the best venue in the city.
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