Drop The Bomb @ The Bomb,
Saturday 28th September 2002
Review by Mike Greenwell
Tonight was a re-opening night of sorts,
for Drop the Bomb, after a short, but no doubt deserved rest for the
Saturday night regular.
On arriving at the charged club just as Craig Richards began to take
the reins of the already bucking bronco of a main room.
The club was densely packed to welcome the Tyrant
resident back to the grind in Nottingham. Straight from the off Richards
delivered a pumping selection of some storming house cuts, the energy
and drive of the return of the Saturday crowd was appropriately capitalised
on at every opportunity by DJ Craig.
|The Bomb flyer
It was bedlam for a while; a mystery tune from the box sequenced the
noise from the contestants buttons in Blockbusters with Bob
Houlnus (it definitely was!).
Its relentlessness and dirty funk seemed to intensify the franticness
of the underground lair. It was one of the highlights of a very raw,
party hard evening, and those in attendance felt good to be back.
Thankfully the back room matched its big brothers hardness with
top class eclecticism and musicality, and so retreat for a quieter
drink was just as enjoyable.
True classics from D-Train ("Keep On") and De La Soul ("Say
No Go") found good reaction in a sporadic crowd that still encapsulated
the buildings spirit of a hedonistic Saturday; the lively atmosphere
generated was in no way proportional to the smallish number of people
It was folk getting down as usual; on the raised areas, next to the
speakers, whilst propped against the bar, even couples jacking the
pillars (which was another highlight).
It was time to reinvestigate the main cave, where trusty resident
Kelvin Andrews began to charm the faithful with some tripped out house
that was slightly lacking in Richards set (in my opinion anyway).
Former single of the week; "Im Satisfied" signified
the descent into the cool weirdness of this futuristic DJ.
A communal feeling seemed to sweep over the now slightly depleted
crowd, that they would definitely see this one out, as roars of approval
increased with each intuitive choice. It went from last weeks Platform
favourite Zongaminn to distorted jungle disco loops, and beyond. "Im
Losing My Edge", new on Rapture records, typified the electro
insanity that simply screamed out fresh. Drop the Bomb was evidently
back, and its no surprise.
A brief word with James Baille (promoter and owner) confirmed the
direction of the caverns musical pursuits for the year:
"Its gonna be very f**king underground this year"
and "I love Kelvin and his electro set, it just f**king goes
off!" Expect more of the same I reckon then.
Guests to come include the aggressive class of Radioactive Man and
Andy Weatherall for a Rotters Golf Club night; I predict this
time the Bomb may explode!
Detonate vs. Drum & Bass Arena @ Media -
Wednesday 2nd October 2002
Review by Howard Gray
The vibes for this event had been bubbling ever since the first posters
emerged four weeks ago, and even though I thought it would be pretty
busy, the queue was down the road and round the corner by the time
we arrived at 10:30.
Maybe it was the attraction of such luminaries as
Adam F and Shy FX, maybe it was the lure of having d&b thunder
through the sound system of Nottinghams superclub, or maybe
it was just the fact that the music in Nottingham (and in general)
is going through somewhat of a renaissance.
As well as an excellent line-up that also included Tony Vegas and
Prime Cuts, as well the Stanton Warriors Dominic B, Sheffields
Drum & Bass Arena were also involved; broadcasting the whole event
live on their website.
After spending a long time waiting to get in (due to security so tight
it bordered on paranoid and a metal detector that got set off by everyones
keys) it was straight into the hip hop room to grab a drink and become
accustomed to our surroundings for the evening.
I thought £3 for a half-pint of beer was pushing it a bit, but
I suppose thats the way things are at a place which obviously
costs as much to run as Media does.
Anyway, after having a 10-minute wander trying to find the toilets,
I stumbled across the main room, or rather the top tier of the main
auditorium. Those of you who have been to Media will know what Im
talking about, for those that havent its very much like
an amphitheatre, with three tiers of bar space above the gladiatorial
dance floor, which was already pulsating with Transit Mafia working
his way through some real upfront material new Moving Fusion
and BC tracks setting the tone, as well a killer double-drop of Swifts
Rebirth and the massive LK near the end of
With the slight figure of Shy FX not around to grace the decks at
12, it was the towering frame of Swift himself who replaced him at
The first track has barely started when the next one was winding up;
no doubt Swift is king of the double drop, and the dance floor really
started rocking by the time Dogsploitation muscled its
way through 15 minutes in.
Meanwhile, people were spoilt for choice elsewhere; The Scratch Perverts
were on typically excellent form in Room 2; dropping a mixture of
crowd pleasers, underground beats, and a fine selection of cuts and
flares to a high-spirited crowd of revellers.
However, although the vibe in here (as well as the main arena) was
good, it was the very top room where I spent a fair bit of time over
the evening. Dominic B, one of the nu-skool breaks scenes finest,
was clearly having a good time behind the decks, dropping some of
the phattest flavours Ive heard in a long time to an avid bunch
of groovers. As with every part of the club, the crowd here was a
well-mixed bunch of people (although mainly students), which is always
a good thing to see.
Back in the main room, DJ Zinc had arrived to replace Ed Rush, who
has been committing a few no-shows at various UK events recently.
Still, no bother as the man-mountain they call MC Det was on the mic
and had no problem getting some real decibels out of the crowd. Zincs
mixing was crisp and clinical as ever, the main pressure points being
Rock Baby from Optical, Influx Datums Back
For More, and of course the massive Fair Fight by
The music policy throughout the night seemed pretty funky, almost
bordering on eclectic, and although the d&b was still pretty rough
and rugged, the emphasis was on beats that everyone could get into
rather than harder technical rhythms. The sound system in Media is
not to be sniffed at either, especially with speakers up in the bars
as well as the main dance floor, and even the more restrained tracks
still sounded titantic wherever you were standing.
It was still hard to really feel at one in the venue though, I think
its still more suited as a house club, but its definitely
a nice change to have d&b and hip hop in there nonetheless.
Due to having to be up fairly early the next day (and being out of
cash), it was time to leave just after two, just after Dominic B had
departed to a flurry of cheers and handshakes.
This event proved that the music policy Detonate have in operation
is very popular, yet still retains a fairly underground edge. Although
this was billed as a one-off, it wouldnt surprise me if the
Media management come back for more, and theres no doubt the
clubbers would do the same.