Heavyweight Soundz Feat LTJ Bukem and Friction @ Capitol, Perth (17/03/06)

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LTJ Bukem is a perennial favourite in the Perth Drum and Bass community and
personally is responsible for getting me into Drum and Bass in the first place with his 2003
appearance at the Globe being one of my highlight gigs. So it was with great enthusiasm
and interest that I went to Capitol, the same venue albeit with a new name where I first
heard the Good Looking Records head honcho first spin.

Upon arriving at the gig, the Shock One lads were warming the crowd up with some
heavy bass numbers. Concept was on before these two but unfortunately I missed the set.
Not many bodies were filling the dance floor however there was a good contingent on the
edges bobbing their heads and grabbing pre boogie drinks. Slowly but surely the dance
floor filled as Bukem and Conrad made their appearances with Conrad making his
trademark Bukem introduction on the microphone after setting up his effects processors for
his voice. The king of liquid drum and bass made no hesitation in dropping things early on ,
it was also mooted through the inthemix forums that his Sydney gig was “off the wall” and
only a handful of tracks were known , ie his set was very up front, which is something I
imagine the DnB mad city of Perth would appreciate. The set continuted with the liquid funk
that Bukem is known for -one track that I noticed was the Makoto remix of Moment of Lust,
other than that the set was as fresh as an apple on a tree.

A noticeable switch occurred when Friction & SP stepped up to the wheels of steel or
shall we say , the 3 wheels of steel! Friction constantly showed why he has a respected
reputation in the DnB scene mixing frequently on 3 decks, double dropping masochist and
tide with a great reaction to follow. Two and a half hours followed of dark rollers and dubby
vibes and the crowd lapped it up, some notable tracks included Dj Octagon – Aliens
(Subfocus Rmx) plus one from local’s Shock One. Friction and Sp took the night through to
close with some dance floor business that kept the punters movin’. SP worked well with
Friction not over doing things that so many MC’s do these days.

Overall a good gig, great to see Bukem again in a club after last years embarrassment
at Two Tribes where he was left to play after the prodigy to an almost empty arena through
no fault of his own. Can’t wait to see him in 2007.


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