dBridge @ The Civic Underground, Sydney, 26/10/13
Saturday night was a pretty big night for the Sydney drum and bass community for a couple of reasons. One of them was the three gigs going on at once. It was not long ago that our Editor-in-Chief was remarking how drum and bass wasn’t a big part of Sydney rave culture. Quite frankly at the time it was an astute observation but now it seems as if people can’t get enough. With that in mind, the second reason was that Exit Records is turning ten, and what better way to celebrate than with the man himself, fresh off a headlining spot at Outlook Festival, dBridge; accompanied by one of the smoothest rhyme-spitters in the business, SP:MC.
As I said before, the Sydney drum and bass scene is going strong, but it’s still not every weekend that we get someone of such a high caliber and overarching experience as dBridge. For those of you who aren’t so familiar, dBridge has been releasing absolute blinders since the early 90’s, both as a solo artist and as part of crews such as Bad Company, Future Forces and Club Autonomic and across a slew of massive labels. For a lot of people however, it was 2003 that marked the beginning of something special, when dBridge founded the now-huge Exit Records. With an entire label buzzing past his ears at any one time, combined with 20 years of production experience, you can imagine what one of his sets is like. Needless to say, The Civic Underground was teeming with excitement when I arrived.
I walked through the doors in time to catch the warm-up sets and judging by the looks on peoples faces, things were about to heat up quickly. The energy in the room was great and people were already on the dance floor while I became accustomed to having conversations over the freakishly loud system. I have to say, the Civic Underground is my favorite venue for bass music at the moment. The sound system is probably the best in Sydney and it’s the perfect size, big enough to pack out but you can always carve yourself out a nice little spot on the dance floor. Haunted Science and Locus always put on great parties but this one was probably one of the best. At 1 o’clock my musings were cut short when I realized everyone was rushing the dance floor while the man himself took the decks.
He started his set off nice and slow, giving himself options and room to build momentum while he felt out the crowd. It also seemed as if we weren’t the only punters keen to see dBridge as I noticed Intra:mental and Kid Drama of Exit Records hanging out side of stage very nonchalantly. After things were in full swing and SP:MC’s rhymes were flowing like water, the dance floor was going
absolutely mental. People couldn’t get enough of the newly released ‘Matchsticks’ by Stray, which got one of the first rewinds of the night, as well as all the classics like dBridge’s ‘True Romance’ and Jubei’s ‘Ruffige 11′. dBridge alone, would have been enough but the icing on the cake was SP:MC. I’d always been some what dubious about MC’s as I feel as if they can get in the way. However, it now seems as if I’ll have to reevaluate sentiment. The two worked seamlessly as a team, each taking their moment to shine but always putting the energy levels of the crowd above all else. SP:MC was also responsible for probably the best line ever uttered, “To all the people up the back, tryin’ to keep their trainers clean…don’t worry about it, you can wash em’ in the mornin'”. By the time the set was over, which finished in true style with an awesome Bad Company medley, I had to be dragged off the floor. Walking out into the cold my good friend and Sydney DnB producer Forest Sound said something that really stuck, “I never thought I’d say this about a DJ set but that was one of the best gigs I’ve ever seen”, and I think he’s right. It was such a good night and thanks to Haunted Science and Locus for putting it on.
If you want to find more dBridge you can head over to his Sound Cloud.