Last Friday Momentum took over the Wire for their first installment of 2010 with non other than the godfathers of Drum & Bass, LTJ Bukem & MC Conrad. These two are without a doubt the two biggest acts to grace momentum since it started up in 2004.
3rd GD took control of the decks at 10 with a suitably melodic warm up. He played well on the crowd’s anticipation and laid out a perfect platform for the night to come, even touching on a few classic tracks from 06/07 as well as some more up to date tracks from the Non Plus & Autonomic camp. By 11.30 the club was close to full capacity and ready to set it off. As always, there were great vibes for a Friday night at the Wire.
LTJ played a very refreshing set, dropping in big teasers along the way. He maintained a perfect direction at all times and kept the crowd on the same journey throughout. It was the first time in a while I’d been to the wire and really experienced those ‘hands in the air’ rhythms from LTJ and not once did he show any signs of predictability. The pair worked together in absolute harmony, Conrad’s voice echoing around the club with such soulful intent.
Ant TC1 was next on the decks and he proved his weight in gold, with heavy rolling rhythms, the man behind momentum managed to flip the scripts from the previous sets before and really catered well for the heavier followers of the night. Personally I believe he played a tighter set than LTJ and showed the crowd a darker and heavier side to the night, giving everyone reason to stay beyond the previous showcase of soul.
It’s been such a great start to 2010 for Drum & Bass in Leeds and Momentum proved itself with a timeless line-up for its first ’10 session. We can only look in anticipation towards the February installment with Artificial Intelligence.
Written by Tom Jessel
Artificial Intelligence & Survival @ Momentum - Friday 26th February