Friends-&-Family @ the-roadhouse 15.09.01

Fat City Records flag-ship event promoting Hip-Hop & Soul from the Northern Quarter rolls on. This week at Friends & Family sees the return of Roadhouse favourites the Unabombers! Friends-&-Family in some sense took over the weekend slot vacated by their eclectic monster club-night the Electric Chair

Electric Chair arrived at a time when Superstar DJs were in their ascendancy, seamless mixing was de rigeur, and cheap cocaine frazzled far too many egos. Electric Chair was anti-all that & an antidote to it all! Started up by Luke Unabomber & Only-Child (Grand Central) to play good music across the board; Hip-hop, Soul, House, Drum'n'Bass: in no particular order, pure content over style. A night based on taste not trends & a true return to what a clubbing experience should be about. Not cold corporate Rave with glo-ticks & matching merchandise but instead a hot, dark basement club awash with Red Stripe & the aroma of sweat & skunk. Resident DJs who weren't self-conscious & self-obsessed. Music, played loud & raucous. A family of punters who party hard. A regular recipe for success I reckon!

I attended several early 'detonations' at Electric Chair before its popularity forced a venue-change. The Roadhouse stage was always full of people clambering everywhere; The needle regularly jumped through over-enthusiastic ravers pounding the stage. Or even dragged across the vinyl by mistake; Mixing was rough & the DJs responsible were not exactly sober. It was far too hot & uncomfortable in that cellar & far too many people were crammed into it. The owners were forced to open up the backstreet loading bays as an extra room so punters could chill-out, breathe again & gaze into each others dilated eyes. You could see the steam coming off everyone as their sweat evaporated into the night. This ram-shackle club-night should have died on its arse but instead it was truly wonderful

It took a while to find a suitable replacement venue but Music Box was perfect: it's simply a much-bigger painted-black basement. Tonight though Luke & Justin Unabomber return to the Roadhouse to do battle with Friends-&-Family resident Martin Brew and Matt Triggs (Fat City Recordings). Providing good-vibes on the mic are Russ Beeks & Friends-&-Family regular Kwasi Asante (Community Charge / Sons of Arqua)

An audio treasure-trove was recently unearthed by Rob Thomas (sound engineer at Roadhouse for many years) of recordings straight from the mixing desk. First to be discovered was this very night!! (http://soundcloud.com/christian-wood/f-f-the-nudge-una-bombers-matt-triggs) So you can now listen to the soundtrack as well as flicking through the photos! We recommend that you watch it as a slide-show!! Much much more more to follow
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