Major Break feat Krafty Kuts @ Gilkinsons, Perth (23/07/05)
Tue 26th Jul, 2005 Event Reviewsin
Don’t get me wrong, I’m always sensitive to the conundrums event organisers must consider when dealing with crowds of hungry clubbers all wanting to get into one place. I understand the set up at Gilkinsons meant it would have caused havoc to have hoards of people filing through the doors all at once, which was my guess as to why there was an almighty queue outside the venue just after 11pm. But surely there must be a way not to keep people who’ve paid $40 out on the street for so long? Anyway, enough ranting and whingeing.Managing to make my way in not long after 11, I was impressed with the fact that I’d be dancing in a big dance hall and hoping there wouldn’t be too many people jammed in.
Skelly was warming up the growing crowd nicely, throwing in some mixes of well-known tracks like The White Stripes Seven Nation Army in a confident and enjoyable set of generally upbeat tunes.The place filled up slowly but surely and people seemed to be inspecting the venue, trying to work out where everything was in a place few had been before. The outdoor smoking areas on two levels joined by a stair way, proved to be a popular early hang out spot.
It was a good effort by organisers to turn a place not designed as a night club in to a place of dancing and partying.That’s certainly what was happening after midnight as the trio of Breakaholics launched in to their set of highly energetic breaks. The thickening crowd was ready to move and the Breakaholics gladly whipped them in to a frenzy. Keeping proceedings at a fairly full-on pace, the trio mixed impressively and threw in some killer tracks, including a blistering mix of Nancy Sinatra’s Bang Bang from the Kill Bill soundtrack and Funk Phenomenon.
One of few punctual big name DJs I’ve seen, Krafty Kuts was behind the decks and kicking things off just before 1.30 with a mix of Fatboy Slim’s Rockafella Skank. Not afraid to bring out the big guns early, the krafty-one dropped The Chemical Bros Galvanise and sent the whole place in to a state of madness. Cutting, slicing, splicing, dropping and mixing everywhere, he worked some mindblowing magic early on.
The track selection was scintillating and wonderfully diverse, moving between the Stanton Warriors mix of Alter Ego’s Rocker, the Plump DJs’ manic Push and then in to the sultry sounds of Suzanne Vega’s singing on her oft-remixed track Tom’s Diner.Some well-placed MCing-from-a-CD helped amp-up the crowd as did a dose of ACDC. After this track, Krafty seemed to want to take a darker and more moody path, proving he’s not just all about party breaks and sampling. While I enjoyed much of this section of his set, there were times when I wanted to get at least a little lost in a tune before he too quickly cut to another one.
I heard some complaints about sound quality in Gilkinsons and I did agree that there tended to be too much echo if you were standing too far back from the action. The good news was that the place was not ridiculously packed-out at any point during the night, so moving toward the front for some crisper, cleaner sound was a relatively easy option.As his set hit the final third, Krafty dropped the smooth, reggae-tinged classic Out of Space, and a delirious dose of drum n’ bass tunes, announced by the CD-MC. He kept us waiting for Tricka Technology and These Are the Breaks which capped off a beautiful set of breaks from an enduring master of the genre.Incey played some quality tunes when he came on just after 4 but unfortunately almost everyone had vacated the scene and made the mad rush to try and get in to Ambar.