at Dolans threw on some pounding techno for the masses tempered with
‘Other stuff’ upstairs that gave some mainfloor contrast. On Saturday
it was Jazzman Gerald delivering Northern soul as Inland Knights and
the likes of Dr Greenwood whipped up downstairs. Sunday night had
GreenVelvet creating a Techno frenzy on the main floor (it never
stopped!), balanced by the Tuff Reggae agenda of Manchester's Dj Dom from Blood and Fire
In the 90s Blood and Fire were one of a significant group of Independant labels reissuing Reggae.
These were primarily dub classics from the likes of Prince Alla and the bench mark ‘Pick a dub’ by Keith Hudson, all presented with beautiful artwork. There were worries about the labels future over the summer but now they seem to be back.
Dom was the perfect selector this sunday.Coming on after a heavy dub session by the Broken Funk Crew,Pete, Johnny and ‘London Jim’ Dowling, he grabbed the mike with the effects pad and let loose. This was carnival soundsystem business as he chatted over Dancehall and bigged up some Ragga hiphop in a constantly changing set.I expected something completely different based on the labels history but this was infectious. You never get to hear hard dancehall these days and to cut it with dub just transmitted the womb enveloping goodtime feeling that is BASS. Dropping the Craggy Island anthem ‘Ghost town’ got the nod from the audience too.
A fantastic night and a credit to Cian,The Strutt crew and all the djs for the mash up of Techno heads and Beat nuts under one roof.