The sound of the underground returned to Southampton on Friday, as Release and Raygun Youth teamed up to bring the mighty Metalheadz to Roxx. In the 20 years since its inception, the label has racked up well over 100 releases; and under the guidance of charismatic head honcho, Goldie, has solidified its place as one of the biggest names in drum ‘n’ bass. This showcase saw S.P.Y., Jubei and DLR behind the decks, representing the famous skull and headphones, so gun-fingers at the ready, Audio Addict went to investigate.
The line-up burst into action with DLR; now minus his old mucker Octane, the DJ was out to prove his worth as a solo artist and he definitely didn’t disappoint. Going in hard, DLR’s set was crammed with technological aggression. All resonating bass lines and bone-crunching percussion, he pull no punches in testing out the Funktion-One system.
Next up, S.P.Y. brought his classic, slightly more liquid-orientated sound to the stage. The biggest name on the roster, he quickly upgraded the dance floor from ‘packed out’ to ‘rammed’, and offered ravers a plethora of his own tunes for their loyalty. Highlights included ‘By Your Side’, with its much-loved orchestral interlude, and his remixes of Siren‘s ‘Snorkel’ and ‘All Yours’ by Submotion Orchestra.
Jubei took the graveyard shift; kicking off with ‘The Clock Ticks’ by Dub Phizix, he proceeded to unleash an array of gritty steppers and all out bangers. As the crowd whittled itself down to hardcore, the rollers appeared, exposing the murky depths of drum ‘n’ bass. Of his own tracks, ‘Patience VIP’, ‘Rufige 11’ and ‘State Of The Art’, which features SP:MC on vocal duties, got well deserved recognition.
All in all, the night can only be described as a huge success. Expectedly exceptional warm up sets from the likes of Gerra & Stone, the crafty lyrical hosting of Joe Raygun and Influx, and the blatant prowess of the headliners, made for a heavy show. ‘headz releases were on full display, from classics such as Adam F‘s ‘Metropolis’ to the brand new ‘Outta Endz’ by Dom & Roland, proving both the label, and Southampton’s scene, are alive and kicking.