Traffic Breaks 02 @ Traffic, Adelaide (08/08/03)

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Traffic Breaks 02: Home Grown was the second instalment in the new monthly breaks nights at Traffic. I went to this event expecting a relatively small crowd as breaks is still a new sound in Adelaide. However I arrived to be surprised by a somewhat decent crowd.

The night began with Brendon starting off proceedings he played a technically flawless set as usual with tracks like Underworld’s Rez and the poxy music remix of Benny Benassis’ Satisfaction getting warm responses. Next it was Jayar’s turn to hit the decks. Jayar took the tempo up a notch delivering a much harder set featuring some incredible driving basslines.

By now the crowd was still building, as was the dance floor. After this it was Riddla’s turn. This was the first time I had witnessed Riddla play and I was impressed. His set featured a mix of slower breaks including the tigerstyle remix of Forme’s Kick a Hole. He then finished more up tempo with the new bootleg of Pump up the Volume getting a good response. By the end of his set the dance floor was becoming increasingly full. Then it was time for John Doe.

John Doe: the man responsible for the night and one of Adelaide’s best breaks DJ’s, dropped bomb after bomb in a superb set featuring sensational cutting and mixing and a selection of tunes including Donna Kebab, Groove Armada’s Superstylin, Evil Nine’s punk rock remix of Music and finishing with Adam Freeland’s latest bomb We Want Your Soul to a massive response. By the completion of this set, the floor was packed. It was now time for Stephen King to take over. This was probably the only lowlight of the night. Within 30 minutes the club was near on empty this was due to the massive change in tempo. Stephen King would’ve probably better suited earlier in the night as the tunes and mixing was both a high standard it was just too slow for so late in the night.

Overall it was a good night with a crowd and vibe that surpassed my expectations. Looking forward to Traffic Breaks 03: Kid Kenobi!

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