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Smashed Music Goes Global Part Two

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Smashed Music Goes Global Part Two

Posted on 14 August 2011 by Mizzle

Friday night at Global was going to be tough to beat, none the less bleary eyed clubbers emerged from their ovens also known as tents in the blistering hot British sunshine. Breakfast was easily available and not too overpriced. I managed breakfast, tea and a fruit smoothie for under a fiver, showers were not bad either!  In that heat we needed them.

The day began and the festival began to fill up, by mid afternoon it was much busier than the Friday night, every tent was pretty much packed out as well as the main stage. Brookes Brothers were one of my first points of call and it turned out to be the highlight of the festival for myself. Simply put, they were incredible! In eleven years of DJing and clubbing I have never heard a more energised perfectly timed set to keep a crowd in the moment of euphoria and sadly I probably never will again. The tune selection was perfect as well as the mixing and interaction with the crowd. For one hour, the Hospitality tent was probably sending local Geiger counters crazy given the amount of jumping and bass pumping out of the sound system.

The Brookes Brothers were going to be a tough act to follow, later I ventured to see the amazing sounds and visuals of the American Dub Step heavyweight, Skrillex. He did not disappoint. Just about the most jaw dropping insane visual display, flashing and moving behind him as he played out his usual Metal influenced Dub Step sounds. I recall a version of La Roux – ‘In For The Kill’ accompanied by a 3D skellington and weird morphing shapes with the crowd, me included singing along.

Big name act after big name act followed round all the tents, Global Gathering was in full swing, until I ventured to the main stage to see some of the Headline acts such as Tinie Tempah. I was greeted by people heading in the opposite direction and a change in atmosphere and tempo. It felt like a mis match and out of place. When he performed ‘Mosh Pit’ followed by ‘Love Suicide’ you could feel the mood change, a friend turned to me and said “Im not at Global anymore” which was greeted by agreement from numerous others. Another note was for a lyricist as good as Tinie Tempah, he was not very good at speaking to the crowd. A wide vocabulary? Every other word was an expletive and not much inbetween. I did not stay for the finale….

Feeling a need to get back to the more vibrant element of Global, we headed to the largest tent Metropolis, where Chase and Status were due to play live. Anticipation hung in the air and people were crammed in from all angles. A huge roar went up as they entered the stage from left and right accompanied by MC Rage for their set. The stage was set as they opened with ‘No Problem’ with the haunting image of Takura from the video glaring down from behind them dressed as some sort of ultra violet voodoo priest. The crowd responded singing every lyric and throwing hands in the air, a far cry from Tinie Tempah earlier. Their set contained all their big releases and remixes including ‘Heartbeat’, ‘Eastern Jam’, ‘Blind Faith’ and the awesome ‘Pieces’ which was accompanied by a dazzling laser display. Energy, great MC work from Hype utilising the whole stage, and an amazing visual and lights show with a great performance. This had been epic.

Nero were to follow an, at times breath taking set from Chase and Status. It was a tough act to follow, but follow they did. Not starting with quite the same energy though, this was a progressive build of big synths, wobbles and breaks to the grand finale – the unveiling of vocalist Alana. A great live performance followed of the three crowd pleasing tracks ‘Me & You’, ‘Guilty’ and the new track ‘Promises’ all greeted by elation and big cheers. Alana was pitch perfect with her vocals not missing a note as the crowd responded chanting back the words.

Over all Global Gathering 2011 was a great mix of all types of Electronic dance music from Tech House to Drum and Bass mixed and played live by some great artists and DJs. Others I encountered who also rocked the festival were Ferry Corsten, Ben Gold, Gabriel and Dresden, Erol Alkan, Fake Blood and James Zabelia.

My only gripe with the entire festival is that Angel Music Group might consider booking headline acts more suited to the rest of the festival but still give a live feel. Deadmau5, Daft Punk, Prodigy, Faithless, Chemical Brothers, Tiesto even David Guetta if they want to keep a commercial element. Over all though, well worth a ticket and a great experience.Roll on Global Gathering 2012

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By Richard Chapman

Nero – ‘Promises’

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Nero – ‘Promises’

Posted on 07 August 2011 by Mizzle

Smashed Music Goes Global

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Smashed Music Goes Global

Posted on 06 August 2011 by Mizzle

With the UK festival season well under way, the last weekend in July 2011 meant it was time for the UK’s dance music centrepiece to get under way at Long Marston Airfield.

Global Gathering boasted another huge line-up, organised by Angel Music Group, was sure to please the 55,000-plus global gatherers tuning in their aural senses over the weekend.

This year saw the recognition of the rise and rise of the dub step and drum and bass genres, both breaking out of the underground over the last few years and into the limelight. This Global Gathering line-up offered big name UK top 40 regulars Chase & Status and Nero, alongside other acts such as Skrillex, Brookes Brothers, Doorly, Danny Byrd… the list goes on.

House music lovers needed no fear of a takeover though, with a plethora of house and trance DJs and producers gracing turntables, CDJs, laptops and whatever else DJs apply their craft with these days..

For once, a UK festival managed to avoid the rain – wellies were surplus to requirements, replaced by flip flops and pumps.

With the sun shining and the stages set, Friday began with me getting my bearings and stumbling towards the nearest tent from camp, Group Therapy.

This was a trip back in time, ten years ago, to the good old days of trance dominating dance music, with very similar floaty rises, sweeps and huge drops blasting out the sound system. Gareth Emery was in charge and had a three-quarters-full tent singing along to every word of his track Above & Beyond and Gareth EmeryOn A Good Day. Albeit the lyrics were displayed on the giant visual displays behind him.

With my trip back in time over, it was time to venture round the rest of the festival.

Five huge marquee tents were on offer, plus an outdoor mini-stage that Tool Room Records were hosting that night, and of course the main stage, where headliners Pendulum were playing live.

All in all, there was plenty to get your teeth into, even if that was not music based. There were plenty of fair rides to enjoy, and a wide selection of food outlets to fuel up at. The drinks selection was not quite as vast though, with Tuborg being pretty much the only lager on offer, plus a few spirits and bottles of VK Cherry in the boozy tents.

After grabbing a Tuborg off a wondering beer dispenser, the sounds of Fedde le Grande on the Tool Room stage were calling. This was dirty, big-room house, thumping out around 128bpm – which seemed slow at first compared to the fast-paced trance. Fedde was in the zone though, with crowd pleasing bloops, bleeps and bass dropping left right and centre.

With the sun setting, and time ticking on, after also experiencing an awesome dub step set from Plastician and P Money in the Rinse tent, it was time for WAX:ON Boys Noize, followed by Radio 1’s Annie Mac.

Both were on fine form, mixing some great records for a packed-out tent, the highlights being Boys Noize ending with his My Moon My Man track, and Annie Mac playing the Ibiza anthem by Stardust – Music Sounds Better! Then ending with a drum and bass and jungle mini-set with a few classics, M BeatIncredible received with a rapturous roar and lots of waving hands! Then into DJ Hype’s classic remix of the Fugees – Ready or Not.

Annie Mac’s five-star performance, coupled with Global’s stage and stunning visuals, meant this tent was jumping, and a great send-off to Global’s Friday night.

Richard Chapman

Maverick Sabre – Let Me Go (Roksonix Remix)

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Maverick Sabre – ‘Let Me Go’

Posted on 27 July 2011 by Mizzle

Chase & Status ft. Tinie Tempah – ‘Hitz’

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Chase & Status ft. Tinie Tempah – ‘Hitz’

Posted on 11 June 2011 by Mizzle

Global Gathering 2011

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Global Gathering 2011

Posted on 06 May 2011 by Mizzle

It’s now less than 3 months till Global Gathering 2011! Held at Long Marston Airfield, Stratford-Upon-Avon, it is the annual dance music festival by Angel Music Group, just in case you didn’t know already. It will be taking place on Friday 29th – Saturday 30th July. DJs normally finish around 6am on Sunday, but if you’re camping the party normally carries on into the late morning, then the reality dawns on everyone that they actually have to travel home at some point that day!

In the last 3 years of going to Global I have had some memorable times. In 2009 the wrist bands even said Globai instead of Global! The First Year I went (2008) Godskitchen took place in the biggest marquee in Europe and featured what I and others thought were the most amazing LED screens ever seen. On top of the screens, they looked like a Christmas tree turned upside down. The stunning laser show was jaw dropping.

In my opinion this year promises to be even bigger and better. Okay, The Prodigy isn’t in the line up but there are some amazing acts which I just can’t wait to see. On the main stage again this year, we will be seeing Jaguar Skills. Labrinth will be joining the likes of the headliners, Tinie Tempah & Pendulum, and performing live.

Then as usual you have the marquee’s such as ‘Global’ were you can see the likes of Eric Pryds, Sasha, Underword (live) and Joris Voorn. Then in ‘Hospitality’ you’ll also get to see Andy C and High Contrast. Performing in ‘Toolroom Knights’ you’ll discover Fedde Le Grand, Michael Woods with special guest Benny Benassi. Enlightening us to another enchanting year in ‘Rinse’ Skream & Benga, Zinc and Boy Better know. The creme dela creme of all acts and the one that I’m looking forward to the most in marquee ‘Metropolis’ is …. Chase & Status! WOW – these guys were AMAZING last year! If you have never been to Global before, attend just to see Chase & Status live. Last year was their first year performing live and even they called it ‘An Amazing Experience.’ If this isn’t enough to tempt you, you’ll also get to witness performances from Nero, Caspa & Rod Azlan, Sub Focus & Skrillex.

So after naming just a few, will you be one of the 50,000 attending this year?

For more information about this year’s line up and much more visit Global Gathering.

Enjoy (I know I will)!

Nero – Guilty

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Nero – Guilty

Posted on 01 May 2011 by Mizzle

Chase & Status – ‘Time’ Feat. Delilah

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Chase & Status – ‘Time’ Feat. Delilah

Posted on 28 April 2011 by Mizzle