DJ DEFUNKT AND BEATMASTER WRIGHT at the Adelphi by Carolyn
Now then all! As usual a review or two from me - better late than never!! I hope that you are all well and have been partying hard to get into the Christmas Spirit this year.
It's been a busy year, especially for all those involved in thisisull.com. It has literally gone from huge to massive for this website and there have been some fantastic events covered by all the reviewers.
I have got to say that I think that I have one of the most fun jobs within thisisull and that is doing music/nightclub reviews on the site. I get an excuse to go out and party with my friends and then write about it on a website whose name in the dictionary now reads; See under Google!
So here we go..
This review came about when I went to see a Shinobi, drum and bass night, bouncing choons about upstairs at the Welly. On the landing on my way downstairs, I bumped into James from www.realbeats.com who was promoting his hip-hop party at the Adelphi club the following Friday. I told him that I had seen it advertised in a few shops and I was thinking of coming down to do a review but would like to also do an interview with him about realbeats and the MC battles.
These are now becoming a fixture at the Adelphi, the second one was held on Friday 12th December.
So asking him what time would be best after he said he was keen on the idea he handed me a realbeats V.I.P. Guest Card! "Ave it, nice one…" I thought …"What a lovely man!"
Friday the 5th of December and I'm ready to be wowed by DJ Defunkt and Beatmaster Wright on the decks live MC sets from Reality? (James from realbeats) and Egocentrik across from Germany and what can only be described as, an awesome display of beatbox talent from Shlomo (miniature Heroes). For those who don't know what beatboxing is, it is (don't shoot me if this is not the correct way to describe it!) using your own vocal manipulation to make sounds like those produced from basslines, record scratching etcetera etcetera…do you get the picture?
Arriving at 9:30 with no time to speak to James the crowd and I become eager. The night kicks off with an introduction from James and then a wild and quite tough performance from Egocentrik who I believe is over from Germany to promote his new album. H e got a mixed reception from the Apathetic Hull Crowd. But unlike most venues, the Adelphi is so snug that wherever you stand the acts are always in full view. So if you don't have a crowd or they are a quiet bunch it makes your night a bit more personal.
With time ticking towards the free after party being held upstairs at the Welly, on came Shlomo. As I described before, he was Awesome. I had a moment to wonder how he kept his vocal chords in such precise order, having done a gig in London the night before. The sounds were clear, fresh and exciting, this really pleased the crowd.
Then, to the crowds delight, Reality? persuaded (oooh so hard to do!) Shlomo to engage in a Scratch Battle! After all this excitement, Reality? finished with his set. He's certainly got a talent for being an MC and he's also a great self-promoter.
DJ DEFUNKT AND BEATMASTER WRIGHT at the Adelphi continued by Carolyn
He deserves the status that comes with local hip-hop fame because he has introduced the MC battle in to Hull. Entrants into the contest get free entry and a chance to bag £50 if they win. It's well worth a look, I stumbled across the first one by chance before going to Future Methods at the Room nightclub some time ago. (I think the night Scratch Perverts played?)
Anyway, back to Friday night. After the gig I shook James' hand and told him that I'd buy him a drink at Welly and do an interview, but that never happened. As Welly got busier I kept looking and was told that he would arrive shortly after the Adelphi had shut up shop. I looked everywhere but couldn't find him. In the end I gave up but that had a lot to do with the vodka and coke too getting the better of me! Sorry James but I hope to chat to you at the MC Battle.
Thanks for a great show.
After boogying for a while with Playtime and Funkywormhole upstairs I strutted for a while in the lounge to PAZ and some funky house. All was not lost in the Welly club though as I was lucky enough to catch Wookies' set in the ballroom for the Superstars night. His mum and dad were there too and they were extremely proud. So they should be, Wookie Rocked!
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