When it comes to Dubstep there is always one artist that will always gets mentioned: Skream. The supposed godfather of Dubstep who has pretty much been the front runner of a still maturing genre is back with his second album ‘Outside the Box’ – the follow up to his brilliant 2006 debut album ‘Skream!’ So being a personal fan of Dubstep and Skream I was more then a little excited to see what his live show would bring.
Along with Skream, the inclusion of the London based duo Nero and the Radio one extra DJ Mistajam, this line up plain and simply sells itself. The gig being promoted through Union at Fabric was aimed especiallly at students along with cheap drink offers and when I arrived at Fabric it was packed with students up for a good night of Dubstep/DNB music.
MistaJam opened the evening with a high quality set mixing all the classic Dubstep anthems such as Caspa’s remix of ‘Wheres My Money’ by TC, which went down well in warming the crowd up however it was clear that the packed room one dancefloor were there for Nero and Skream.
Nero took to the stage with a set that just fired up the Fabric crowd to another level. Their Drum and Bass fueled ‘Electron’ caused circle pits to form around the packed dance floor, whilst their brilliant new Dubstep single ‘Me and You’ built up to a massive drop which the Fabric crowd certainly appreciated, and was easily the song highlight of the night. From their set it’s easy to see why Nero have been short-listed as nominees for the BBC sound of 2011.
As Nero’s set drew to a close, Skream turned up on stage to massive applause, can of beer in hand and to put it bluntly blind drunk. As I expected with Skream’s set, he was clearly going to focus on playing songs off his new album ‘Outside the Box’ but I did expect him to throw in an old classic off his debut ‘Skream!’ album which he surprisingly didn’t. His new album points to a change in style, an almost crossover into commercial territory however not in the way Rusko attempted with his latest album ‘OMG.’
The highlight song from his set was the emotional ‘Where You Should Be’ off his new album which went down well with fans who had heard his latest album. His set was full of surprises, at one point he played the classic Nirvana song ‘Smells like Teen Spirit’ and dived into the crowd only to get back on stage and ask for his shoe and wallet back. His set was not how I expected it to be and there were a few moments where his drunk state resulted in some near embarrassing vinyl slips and slightly out of time mixing. There is no doubting Skream clearly is a talented Dubstep DJ and his clear aim of the night was to have fun on stage and get the crowd going which he did, however I expected more from the alleged ‘Godfather’ of Dubstep.