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Live Review: Shake the Bass
Shake the Bass rocks the foundations of the O2 Institute with an incendiary show presented by Crucast. Greg Woodin reviews
I was told about Shake the Bass well over a month before the event finally came to the O2 Institute in Birmingham. I wasn’t aware of too many of the acts performing but, being quite partial to bass house and bassline, I decided to give it a go. I didn’t entirely know what to expect, but I expected that it would be intense. I was right.
“There would be no such thing as a warm-up set tonight: people had turned up for bass, and bass was what they were going to get
45 minutes later, headline act Ill Phil shifted the attention away from bassline and brought the jackin house vibes through, rattling through his propulsive ‘Ripped Groove’ and ‘You’ve Got the Love’ remixes with aplomb. Name a crowd-pleaser, Ill Phil has a jackin remix of it, and for the most part this formula worked well. With occasional forays into more aggressive, screechy territory to keep the skanking masses’ appetite for sonic sludge sated, overall Ill Phil’s set marked something a bit different from the nonstop industrial pummelling of bassline that characterised the rest of the night.
“Skepsis and Darkzy took it in turns to deliver the filth, one-upping each other with increasingly chaotic, wobbly drops
The night peaked here and maintained a steady rhythm until close. Mr Virgo and TRC did a good job of keeping the momentum going with bass house selections such as Cause & Affect’s ‘Get to the Chopper’ and Flava D’s take on grime standard ‘Rhythm and Gash’, while Deadbeat closed proceedings in the same way they started: with wall-to-wall bass and no prospect at all of ‘warming down’. While yet more plummeting sub-bass exploded through the Institute’s speakers, I escaped out into the cold, wet weather, ears ringing and legs aching; utterly worn out.
“You cannot fully understand the appeal of this music until you hear it in a live setting