Red Bull Music Academy arrived to ‘take over the city’ on Thursday 16th, bringing with them a host of rising and established talent. They masterminded various events around the city, including Skepta’s lecture at the Albert Hall, RBMA Radio alongside annual Record Store Day at the Soup Kitchen and Omar S at South Nightclub. On Sunday was the closing event ‘Wax Works’ inside the Great Northern Warehouse.
The event was billed as a night/evening of sets from the artists, playing exclusively music they had collected the day before on Record Store Day. On the [eclectic] lineup were local DJ Krystal Klear, DJ Jazzy Jeff, PRhyme and Todd Terry.
As we arrived at 8.30, Hoya:Hoya resident Krystal Klear was playing a spate of jackin’ house. This isn’t his usual disco-y fayre, slightly inappropriate at this point in the evening when the venue wasn’t even half-full. Normally a great judge of atmosphere, it’s possible that he was trying to impress Todd Terry who was in the vicinity. At one point he dropped an unknown edit of Ghostbusters which received cheers and woops from the watchers.
The visuals, which showed a (delayed) birds-eye view of the decks were a good idea, especially when PRhyme came on and DJ Premier began to scratch. It was clear that the majority of the newly-swelled crowd had come to see them. As soon as Royce Da 5’9” started spitting bars, the crowd awoke and someone infront of us started moshing to himself in true spirit of the occasion.
DJ Jazzy Jeff is widely assumed to be a fan of the commercial set so I’d fully expected as such but thankfully this wasn’t the case. With a clutch of 45s at his disposal he laid down a good hour and a half’s worth of bangers and back-of-the-craters. Truly encompassing the open decks ‘anything goes’ policy, Toto’s classic ‘Africa’ came on and the crowd went wild, followed by Gwen McCrae’s 1975 furniture anthem ‘Rockin’ Chair’ and impressive 7” scratching of LL Cool J.
We had to depart when Jeff finished but I wish I could’ve stayed for Todd Terry’s set.
A great way to spend a Sunday evening and made me realise a clubnight on a Sunday is something Manchester is definitely lacking…
19th April, B.Eat Street, 7.5/10