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Tim Hughes reviews Faded Nottingham #011 (22/02/2014) featuring Paleman & MC Chunky, New York Transit Authority, Mumdance b2b Pearce.

The line up for the latest instalment in the Faded series was one which deviated from the current trend of bland house DJs who are dominating the line ups in Nottingham at the moment, and it is precisely for this reason that the event was so highly anticipated. The line up combined four of the most beloved underground producers around, with the back-to-back set of Mumdance and Mickey Pearce, in particular, pairing two extremely exciting producers. Each, though, has their own sound and all were ready to deliver their styles over three and a half hours.

First up was Paleman with the infamous Chunky on the mic. Paleman delivered a flowing, subtle set drawing on his own recent productions; he dropped both sides of his latest Swamp81 release, and also played the best in current bass-heavy productions. His mixing was very tight and the whole set sounded as good as a pre-recorded mix. Chunky was also on outstanding form, keeping the crowd entertained and involved with call-and-response shouts whilst also spitting a few bars here and there. Altogether they created a perfect warm up set, and built the atmosphere up so that the next DJ on, New York Transit Authority (NYTA), could really take things up a level.

The stage was set and NYTA certainly delivered. His set took in everything from GOOD Music cut ‘Mercy’, Rebound X’s seminal grime instrumental ‘Rhythm N Gash’ and Boddika & Joy Orbison highlight ‘Dun Dun’. This variation perfectly illustrates the allure of a NYTA DJ set; he mixes in many different styles, picking only the finest from each, resulting in a set littered with bangers. He’s a crowd pleaser and still managed to fit in a few unreleased cuts from himself that you feel lucky to hear.

On the other end of the spectrum was the Mumdance b2b Mickey Pearce set. Both sets were great, but in different ways. The Mumdance & Mickey Pearce set was much more primal and pummelling; less bangers, more nuanced and very impressive. What they played was hard, with unorthodox drum patterns, and it was a real treat to hear such a varied selection from two of the most exciting producers out at the moment. Their style is difficult to pin down, but it’s grimey, it’s hard, it doesn’t sound like anything else around, and I’m sure it’s going to be big.

The whole night was a brilliant representation of the most underground and exciting sounds in bass music at the moment, with enough crowd-pleasing tunes to make the night thoroughly enjoyable as well as aurally pleasing. A great alternative to the current turgid trend of bland DJs dominating house line-ups at the moment.


 Tim Hughes

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