Our second quarterly event went off at The Shacklewell Arms on Wednesday, solidifying the movement by bringing another heavyweight musical line-up.
A change of venue brought a change of host, with Delta Lima introducing acts to the stage with extreme charisma! Xtra Soula (minus friends!) was first to set the speakers alight with a solo performance on Indian flute, using his loop-pedal to create atmospheric and hypnotic textures. The heat levels rose quickly as Fedzilla, then Shumba Youth, each came on stage with their unique combinations of hip-hop and dub.
PhybaOptikz stepped up to effortlessly take the crowd on a crime-themed adventure, delving into some numbers from his forthcoming ‘Shades of Alejandro’ LP, supported by A/V Revolution founder Consensus. It was evident the two artists have toured together, bringing a smooth co-ordination and crowd connection to the performance, before bringing up Flowtecs for the last song.
Next to perform was CS representative St. Jude, fresh from jumping on stages across London with us over the past couple months. The Brightonian MC took us through songs from last year’s ‘Desperate Times & Lost Causes’ EP, as well as a glimpse of his next project due later this year. The set included a special performance of forthcoming single ‘The Wheel (Watch It Burn)’ alongside smoky singing sensation Nia Wyn, which had the crowd in full applause.
It was time for the open mic to be blessed by a number of rappers, each showing that hunger and desire to spit flames.. It went off with back-to-back 16’s of fire, all beats provided by Opus Dice! Thanks to all the MC’s in attendance, we’ve got an expanded open mic platform for the next event so be sure to sign up early!
Label co-founders Hybrid Freqs were next up, bringing a flavourful set featuring no less than 5 rappers. First to shine was Flowtecs, followed by Delta Lima performing his 2 forthcoming CS singles (watch this space!). Watusi87 & Mike Kalle then proceeded to deliver a couple tracks each, with Spiri2 Lopez joining for a verse after a rendition of our latest release ‘Imagination’. What came next was a shutdown event, provided by the energetic Blackk Chronical, who brought special guest Phoenix Da Icefire to support him on his final track ’Supervillain’.
Posted by Mike Kalle Garcia on Wednesday, 15 June 2016
Big Cakes aka CakerDon then entered the stage, beginning with a message to his snap chat followers! Audience participation is essential on a Cakes performance, and he got everyone smiling before giving a rapid-fire run through his set, spraying one verse+hook bangers before we had to stop the music for an 11pm curfew! We’ll be back on a Friday night next time to ensure a full night of music.