Infusion Magazine - - LOOKING BACK -

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.


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