Under the imposing arches of Great Suffolk Street warehouse, 2500 Shogun warriors assemble for the label’s biggest night to date. A combination of the underground vibes of Manchester’s Warehouse Project and the intimate feel of Digital Brighton (the label’s usual haunt), it’s the perfect venue for Shogun’s step into the big time.
Innovator of the newly emerging sounds of d’n’b, Mefjus pulls no punches with his robotic set. Relentless and scientific, the upcoming producer draws the crowd in, with ‘Far Too Close’ sending heads rocking in unison and grimey trainers stepping hard. Icicle continues the chill, ‘Dreadnaught’ fusing tribal elements with low frequencies that shake the concrete floor.
Alix Perez and Rockwell appear with a sense of expectation that eclipses even label boss Friction’s slot. They launch into an eclectic back-to-back set that provides an insight into the future of the UK bass scene. A heady blend of moody sub-bass and clinical percussion mixed with trap and hard tribal beats, it’s an hour-long snapshot of the sound that’s currently cross-pollinating once separate genres.
Whilst the future of the d’n’b scene destroys one room, another arch plays host to fearsome dubstep courtesy of Northbase and Hatcha. Then it’s time for V Recordings’ Jumping Jack Frost and Bryan G to educate and enlighten, throwing together a set of classics. Laying out the foundations of a genre, Frost’s energy in the booth is infectious – and as Bad Company’s ‘The Nine’ echoes through the bare brick arches, hands are universally upstretched.
A whisper spreads around that ‘Jason Status’ are on, triggering a mass exodus to Room 1. As the set begins, we witness another tell-tale sign that the UK bass juggernaut is continuing to transcend genres and trends. Taking the crowd through a multi-genred set full of classic tunes and forthcoming dubs, Chase & Status and hype man Rage deliver the defining set of the night, bringing together all that has gone before.