Hit & Run @ factory251 19.12.11

The first (Baker's) dozen shots here are an example of what happens when you grab your camera-bag, last minute, & decide to head out to Hit-&-Run @ the Ritz with Break, Dubphizix... Only to realise that your camera battery & flash-unit are both weak & feeble, not recharged since the last night out & on their last legs! I reluctantly put my camera away & hit the bar. Next time, next week...

MARKA launch party @ Hit-&-Run... warm-up set from Bastian & The Swede, with MC Chunky hosting, then a headline act in anyone's book, Youngsta (Rinse FM) lays down am impeccable immaculate set to an appreciative audience and I take many photographs of both. Which is not so easy in the rising fog of dry-ice & room temperature, (-but I'm from the old-school, shoot Manual exposure, focus with my eye-) and (like everyone else) am really playing the waiting game...

Strategy + Dubphizix take over after the applause for Youngsta dies down. This is what we've all come for. Tonight at Hit-&-Run is the release party for 12" 'Marka' busy getting plays & rewinds up & down the country, and whose video received tens of thousands of You Tube hits in its first week http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ydQ-qPD324 Deep into his beat laden set Strats disappears, so new Estate Recordings signing Skittles takes the mic & veteran MC Fox comes to join him in on-stage shenanigans. Before long a strange figure emerges through the claustrophobic fog in full native-American Indian headdress, war-paint and tribal staff, which he waves above the heads of the assembled. The familiar opening clicks of Dubphizix + Skeptical track 'Marka' shake out from the speakers and the crowd go ape-shit! Instant rewinds & audience sing-a-longs commence. This is a big moment for a new generation of music makers in Manchester. They know it. The crowd knows it. Skream knows it

How can MC Strategy have missed this? The final hour (or two. They pushed it, as ever) saw Rich Reason & Indra go back-to-back with MC Sparkz and some gorgeous liquid selections.., and Youngsta still in the building partying hard..., but tonight it was all about 'Marka' Strategy & Dubphizix. Salute!
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