Saturday, 31 October 2009


Club Autonomic took over Momentum at The Wire in Leeds on Friday night with dBridge, Instra:mental and ASC on the buttons for a night of the freshest deep, minimal drum and bass.

I had been looking forward to this night for weeks. I had never been to The Wire either and after being told by friends that I would love it, it definitely lived up to expectations. It reminds me of a smaller, more intimate and stylish version of The End back in the day and now with a newly installed Funktion-1 soundsystem The Wire is up there with the best of them as far as small clubs go.

ASC was on first and played a sick set with impeccable track selection, dropping bits from all of the freshest producers in the scene at the minute (I had a sneaky look at his cd wallet and it reads like a who's who of drum and's ridiculous!). This was the first time I had seen him play out and was definitely impressed. He wasn't fazed when the monitors blew either so big props to him for that! His album, which is due out early next year, is definitely one to bag on sight. It's gonna be huge. Trust!

Instra:mental was next on and played a sick set. Al Bleek is definitely one of the best DJs in the scene at the minute. His skill and technique on the decks is incredible and with a reputation like his it's pretty obvious his track selection was some next level s**t! He was pretty pissed that they only fixed the monitors 10 minutes before the end of his set and claimed his set could have been 10 times better but hey I wasn't complaining. Even though I was begging dBridge to get his headphones on and get behind the decks he would't do it :( so we had to wait til 2 for him to get on but it was definitely definitely DEFINITELY worth the wait!

On 3 decks, dBridge played a mind blowing set. It was actually a joke! It's the kind of set where you just wonder how he does it, but hey some people just have it don't they and dBridge is definitely one of those people! He was dropping everything from Breakage's 'Run 'Em Out' (ft. Roots Manuva) to Abstract Element's 'Abysmal Depth' and Instra:mental's instant classic 'Watching You' (with dBridge himself on the vocals). He also dropped a new untitled track produced by himself, Instra:mental and Skream, which was big so keep an eye out for that. I'm sure it'll be getting a release on either Exit/NonPlus+/Disfigured Dubz probably early next year!

This night was definitely my favourite up here in Leeds so far. Sick music, sick sound, sick venue, sick crowd so big up Momentum for putting it all together.

Momentum is Leed's top drum and bass night taking place on the last Friday of every month so if you didn't go on Friday or haven't been before definitely check out the next one on Friday 27th November with Marcus Intalex and Klute.

Finally, if for some reason you don't know about the Autonomic movement then you need to get to know.....NOW! In my opinion this is the most important thing happening in music right now so anyone who doesn't know then get involved! The Autonomic podcasts are on constant rotation on my iPod and the series has developed a cult like following with over 30,000 downloads of Layer:09. Layer:10 is on the way too so get excited people!!!!

Download the Autonomic Podcasts HERE

The Autonomic boys have even more big things coming up as well. They have a monthly Autonomic show on Rinse FM starting on 4th November, as well as their FabricLive mix CD (FabricLive 50) which will be out in February and a load of forthcoming releases on Exit and NonPlus+ Records.

Look out for NonPlus+003 with ASC's 'Porcelain' b/w 'Focus Inwards' and NonPlus+004 with Skream's remix of 'No Future' b/w an original track by Skream 'Minimalisitix'.

Instra:Mental have just had a release on Apple Pips as well with 'Leave It All Behind' b/w 'Forbidden'. Grab it HERE

Finally, if you're in London on 20th November then head down to Fabric cos Club Autonomic will be hosting room 3 with dBridge, Instra:mental and Shackleton (live), as well as Marcus Intalex and Klute in room 2 and DJ Marky playing a 4 hour set in room 1. This night is looking set to be large!

Big up to dBridge, Al Bleek, ASC, Momentum and Wire for being so friendly and helpful in doing this review!

Credit for cover photo Photographymax

1 comment:

  1. Cool! I love DJ's as they are the ones giving life to every gig..

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