2011 sees Klute's Commercial Suicide label turn ten years young and they're celebrating with a series of parties in places like Sardinia (Sun & Bass), Brussels and Berlin. Launching the series was a special event at Cable, London on Saturday July 9th in conjunction with We Fear Silence and A Bunch Of Cuts .
Cable had a great atmosphere from start to finish, the main room looking dark and smoky with purple and green strobe lighting complementing the cutting edge music. The crowd was friendly and fun-loving, a mix of people who really appreciated the music, and the overall vibe was relaxed and trouble-free.
The night was opened by Skeptical and Dub Phizix playing a unique mix of drum & bass, minimal and downtempo tracks like Dub Phizix & Strategy's The Editor. The set was well received by the steadily increasing crowd on the dancefloor, which was packed by the time Doc Scott started playing. Doc Scott continued the theme of uptempo drum & bass classics, interspersed with more futuristic and sparse dub-oriented tracks. A few tracks into his set, MC Justyce came on, injecting a truck load of energy into the party atmosphere.
Amit performed a live set next, dropping many original tracks, drum & bass as well as downtempo in style. He expertly worked the crowd, varying the pace considerably so that within the space of two or three tracks, people were dancing at 85 bpm one moment and 170 bpm the next! Marcus Intalex, followed by Klute back-to-back with Nymfo (who received a birthday cake replete with candles), then played blistering uptempo sets, which kept everyone dancing.
dBridge followed and changed the sound but not the pace, with an innovative and experimental selection of tracks. The dancefloor remained packed, testament to the crowd's appreciation of the fresh new sounds, which sounded drum & bass-like in terms of tempo, drum sounds and bass notes, but without the signature drum & bass breakbeat or heavy bassline.
It was then time for Break and, finally, Calibre who played uptempo sounds to an appreciative crowd, resulting in several rewinds, with the place still full until the end at 6am.
Commercial Suicide proved that as well as having released some great tunes in the last ten years, it has a strong future ahead of it in terms of innovative, original and experimental music. Happy birthday!
Words: Jennifer Griffiths
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