How to enjoy your favorite underground artists from lockdown
Written by Alex Frampton
Things may seem a bit bleak in the world right now, especially if you’re a raver who’s email inbox is now full of cancellation notices from the shows you saved up all your pennies to get tickets for. It would appear that the world of dance music is on its knees, with promoters, venues and artists unable to put on parties, amid the vital social distancing measures put in place to save lives and protect the NHS. Amid these seemingly desperate circumstances there comes hope in the form of content creators putting on live streams to keep us entertained from the safety and comfort of our own homes. Think Joe Wicks becoming the world’s most famous PE teacher and Peter Crouch saving our summer on BBC One.
In a similar vein, many in the UK rave scene are reaching out to fans with live-streams, and mixes to keep us entertained through these difficult times. As such we decided to make a handy guide of some of the artists, putting on a show for ravers in lockdown.
1. DJ EZ 24 hour set
This Saturday, the UKG don, DJ EZ teamed up with Kind Deed and Boiler Room TV to put on a 24 hour set streamed on facebook live. You can catch the replay of it on his page and if you're really feeling generous, donate to Boiler Room’s fund to support food banks, which will provide a vital lifeline for those living in poverty throughout the pandemic. If you love classic garage, bassline wobblers and high pitched vocalists singing about their tragic love lives, then this one is probably for you.
2. My Nu Leng - 25 Years of MetalHeadz mix
Old school jungle heads listen up! My Nu Leng have uploaded an all jungle set from the 25 years of MetalHeadz show onto their Soundcloud. This comes ready packed with 90s vibes and world class MCing, so check it out for an authentic at home raving experience.
3. Subfocus Live Streams
DnB heavyweight Subfocus, recently did a live stream mix on his Instagram following the inevitable but unfortunate news that his sellout, headline show at Printworks would be postponed. Thousands tuned in for the mix which started at 4pm on Friday and the Surrey born artist said he will be doing another one soon, so watch this space.
4. Andy C XOYO Series
We couldn’t make this list without including the Executioner himself, Andy C. The man often revered as the king of DnB has been uploading recordings of his residency at XOYO, with an hour long mix currently on his facebook and two more on the way. Expect plenty of spinbacks and getting carried away with Skantia’s remix of Bassline Secret.
5. Chase and Status Origins Documentaries
Whilst encouraging ravers to RTRN to their bloody houses, Chase and Status have started a documentary series looking into the beginnings of their partnership and passion for jungle drum and bass. Simply sign up to their mailing list to have the latest entries of their series sent straight to your mailbox.
6. Hospital Records House Party
Tonight from 9-12pm Hospital Records are broadcasting a mini rave from their YouTube channel, featuring sets from the likes of Flava D, Whiney and Inja. Keep an eye on their socials as the Hospital crew will likely be hosting many more events throughout the pandemic.
This isn’t an exhaustive list of everything that bass DJ’s are doing to keep us raving at home, but gives a flavour of what the community is doing to help out in these difficult times. We would encourage you to keep an eye on the socials of your favorite artists as well as pages like DnB Talk and Lengoland as they may well be putting on a show for you to skank out too from home.