I've written more than enough about Digital Mystikz and Loefah's Brixton rave DMZ to find new things to say about it, yet it genuinely continues to confound expectations.
Last night was possibly best ever, rammed on a freezing night one week into January. It defies all known club behaviour.
Pinch played a blinder, a deep balance between bass impact and selection and Chef continued this trajectory, giving the night a sense of upwards energy that drove anticipation into the Loefah v Mala slamdown, 1am - 3am.
The DMZ boys didn't seem to draw for anything that was both completely brand new and required selling relatives for, yet their set was such a total high (or low, of Loe's dropping the low end 'plate weight) that Pinch and Chef's upward trajectory allowed them to completely take off, inducing a sense of abandon seldom felt with dubstep. Mala's off-4/4 riddim 'Anti War Dub' was a joy as always. No one wants real war.
One moment however in Pinch's set was a massive personal triumph: my first rewind in four years. Not me pulling back a tune - I've done that several times at DMZ and it's a rush. But of someone else having to pull back one of my productions.
I find it uncomfortable to talk about my own productions here but the reality is I now invest equal effort in production as writing, and can now no more separate music and production as I can music and culture or music and emotion. Perhaps I should write about my production too - it's very hard to say. From a fans point of view I certainly wish my favourite artists would explain their music in words more often.
Anyway the tune that got licked back was an Asian vocal dubstep tune called 'Lata.' You can hear N Type open his Rinse show with it this week too, which co-incidentally, was on during Pinch's set. It's here.