Maneki chapter 1 pioneers Dusty
‘Underground’ music has today become universally loved. From festivals to the uni club scene, people search to collectivity embrace anything considered niche. From UK Drill making the charts to a Crucast takeover at Glastonbury, its safe to say that music previously confined to specific cultures or areas is quickly becoming mainstream. This is something to be celebrated - it means greater exposure for hard working artists, the advancement of the genre and huge scope for new producers and DJs. With all this change, it is interesting to reflect on those for whom there was not such exposure, for whom there was no sense of where the genre was headed. These pioneers of their respective genres had to be risk takers, ingenious even, yet today lack the recognition of those they paved the way for. The following is therefore an ode to those producers who - whilst by no means the definitive ‘pioneer’ in their field - deserve celebration for their contribution to the music industry during a time when it was truly underground.
Kicking off at midday, Lens opened up The Terrace, continuing her momentum from Hospitality on the Beach and her take over as Rinse FM’s Hospital Records resident. Setting an immediate tone of intense energy, it only took a couple of minutes before the crowd was hyped up. This energy was only to be taken to a higher level as Lens was followed by Urbandawn, responsible for one of the biggest tracks of the year, bootlegging The Beatles ‘Come Together’. Accompanied by the vocals of Degs, who was making his first appearance of the day before hosting a set with Unglued, who continues to kill off crowds with his remix of High Contrast’s ‘If We Ever’.
Following this was the one and only Inja, alongside partner in crime Pete Cannon for an hour and a half of ‘fully fuelled flexing’.Hospitality were relentless with their line up, as ravers weren’t given a second to breath before being slapped in the face with Lenzman’s unforgiving mixing.
Run in the Jungle had taken over The Garden, and A.M.C was in the spotlight showing exactly why his record label is called Titan, dominating ravers to the point his music should come with a health and safety warning. Bouncing from left to right, the crowd had no trouble reciprocating his energy, creating fears the ground would crumble below them. A tough act to follow, but Krust and D* Minds took to the challenge and echoed their heavyweight bass throughout North Greenwich.
Ed Rush stepped up and provided a sixty minute history lesson, effortlessly churning out a classic 90’s mix that had raver’s partying like it was nineteen ninety-nine. This tribute to early drum and bass was continued as Nicky Blackmarket took to the stage, joined by one of the biggest names in the modern scene, Voltage. The pair combined a mix of early classics with new rollers, foghorns being blared left, right and centre.
Representing The North Quarter was the familiar liquid sounds of Zero T and Redeyes, with vocals provided by LX One. They had no trouble making heat rise in The Loft, and perfectly picked up the crowd only for Lenzman to knock them all down again.
At the main stage was a line up of drum and bass royalty, Grafix christening his new tune ‘Acid Generation’ before Hospital Records founder London Elektricity stepped up and showed everyone why he is the head of one of the biggest labels in the scene. This took the crowd into the final hour, and who else to cross the finish line than the awesome foursome of Serum, Voltage, Bladerunner and Inja, more commonly known as the Kings of the Rollers. A sequence of bangers followed, from Bladerunner’s ‘Feel For You’ to Serum and Inja’s ‘Blow Them Away’. S.P.Y’s remix of High Contrast’s ‘We Got It’ featured constantly throughout the day, and the group had no problem double dropping it with a heavy foghorn, perfectly encapsulating their own sound into a Hospital classic.
Twelve hours of pure energy, heavy bass and intense mixing had come to an end, and it was fair to say that the phrase ‘warm up’ has never been more of an understatement. Hospital Records had brought the heat to London, and displayed exactly why they continue to dominate the drum and bass scene. Studio 338 was them just getting started, and showed that Hospitality in the Park is not one to be missed.
Written by - Ilan Rubens