GRIME DUBAI @ THE BASEMENT
After spending many of my teenage years in the amusement arcades of Sunderland, D Double E became an instant legend with his epic take on Street Fighter 2’ s classic samples, and has gone onto become one of the forerunners of the UK Grime scene. Fast forward to today, and he was joined by the Newham General’s sidekick Footsie for the first ever grime night in the city. ‘ But what is Grime?’ a few people have asked me… well I’m no expert, so YouTube it.
But one answer is it’s exactly the kind of sound that could come out of a place like London: dirty, raw and deeply rooted in the influences of the city’s urban culture. Footsie and D Double E immediately got the crowd around them to form a small but impenetrable shield of chaos. There were baselines, a lot of energy, a fierce party spirit and some ludicrous spinbacks ( as many as 5 on some tracks!). It was energy rarely seen in the city and definitely one of those ‘ remember that night!’ gigs.
The music isn’t for everyone: your average deep house, main stream hip hop or EDM fan frankly won’t have a clue what’s going on. But for those who like their music a little dirtier or from different corners of the audio spectrum… definitely get yourself down to the next one. Just leave your pint on the bar, else you’ll get more beer on you, than in you.