Stanton Warriors Live at Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh 23/09/10


For over a year Edinburgh mourned the death of one of its favourite clubs, after Liquid Rooms was consumed by fire. But with the grand August reopening of the club, the city can party once again, especially since it has been accompanied by the creation of new nights to accommodate for the loss of those which were taken over by different clubs.

Thursday night’s new offering Scream, which focuses on house, electro and dubstep, has already seen the likes of Benga grace the decks on its opening night, and the upcoming line-up features an eclectic mix of some of Britains best electronic DJs such as dubstep heavyweight Jakwob and new electro stars the Filthy Dukes.

This week saw West Country duo Stanton Warriors take to the stage in an evening of breakbeat music which got the crowd up and dancing. Well renowned in the dance community, Mark Yardley and Dominic Butler blend hip hop, garage and electro to create a fusion of sounds to great effect.

As a live show it began relatively bouncy with some top breakbeat tracks giving a real feel of their defined sound. A collection of their own songs plus a number of remixes for esteemed artists were accompanied by tracks by other artists to initially create a well rounded set.

Unfortunately, as the set progressed it became increasingly bass reliant. The show once again became reflective of the country’s recent obsession with dubstep, which has often led to the inclusion of bass heavy reworkings of other dance styles in the sets of DJs who otherwise play alternative genres.

For fans of excessive bass levels this would have been a real treat but ultimately the duo were ultimately let down by a tendency to deviate from what they do best.

Taken from The Student, published Tue Sep 28th 2010.

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