TiD&B Review: Renegade Hardware 17th Birthday, LondonPosted by Lady V on Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
Saturday 25th February saw residential night and critically acclaimed label Renegade Hardware celebrate its 17th birthday in the murky realms of Vauxhall’s Area. The line up boasted Hardware veterans including Optiv & BTK, Ink & Loxy, Cern back-to-back Dose, with the mighty Dispatch Recordings camp hosting Room 2.
Nestled in the southern depths of Vauxhall, Area has had a lot of hype surrounding it for quite a while. The settling is under a railway arch just a minute walk from the station and overbearing bus shelter. Upon getting into the club, we were greeted by dark kicks, snapping snares and stinging hi-hats. DBridge’s recently released ‘Cornered’ went particularly well with the crowd who were filling Room 2 quickly as Survival kept the selection murky and dark.
Head-honcho of Dispatch, Ant TC1 set the tone of his two hour set with Dub Phizix’s remix of Digital’s ‘Deadline’ with the talented MC Fokus accompanying him on the mic, teasing the crowd with the lyrics from his and Skeptical’s current and most recent release ‘The Truth’. The pair took the sound deep with a large number of dubplates and tunes still yet to drop on Dispatch later this year. Dillinja’s ‘Nasty Ways’ received an excellent reaction from the dance floor with people shacking out on the sofas next to the bar. The mixing was impeccable and showcased Ant’s aptitude for quick blending and dark tune selection.
Hardware royalty Optiv & BTK were on the decks over in a slightly less rammed than unusual Room 1. Drawing for The Upbeats’ rerub of ‘Diplodocus’ the crowd demanded the duo to pull the tune back. Delivering Optiv’s essential ‘Waterboard’ the pair delved through an array of dubs and more popular tunes including Dub Phizix’s ‘The Editor’, which kept the crowd – a mixed bunch of die-hard D&B fans and genuine lovers of the underground – unable to leave the room.
Highlight set of the night had to go to Skeptical who has been making waves in the scene for over a year now. Exhibiting unreleased material, including the highly anticipated Enei remix of ‘Mob Justice’ and Foreign Concept remix of ‘Obsession’, Skeptical washed the room with ferocious, fast paced mixing and a selection littered with the freshest dubs. Going in hard, the Hertfordshire based producer and DJ rammed up the tempo spinning his mighty ‘Blue Eyes’ at quick speed. Featuring in almost every set and making its mark in Skeptical’s hour was Villem’s ‘Solar Plexus’, which had a mental reaction from the crowd who were evidently in full support of the tune. Keeping his set diverse with tunes for the underground heads and those who were Hardware virgins, everyone was catered for and showed appreciation.
Adi J and Nyx represented for the female side back in Room 1 for a display of potent Hardware tunes and quality mixing. Hovering above the 170bpm mark, the two girls looked like they were having as much fun as the crowd before Cern and Dabs took to the decks to bring the night to an excellent close. The dense snare of Skeptical and MC Fokus’ recent ‘Fluctuate’ hit the walls hard as ravers basked in the dazzling lazers, dancing hard. Calyx and Teebee’s remix of Break’s ‘Submerged’ featured well as an anthem to the night and fashioned the end of our night, despite the room still remaining packed.
Renegade Hardware’s 17th Birthday was without a doubt, a favourite of 2012 so far – the Easter special is not optional.
Tune of the night: Villem’s ‘Solar Plexus’ (Samurai Red Seal)
Photos courtesy of Apps Photography