Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Love and Affection at Mustard Bar (Toddler's Birthday Bash) - 2nd July 2011 - Review

Once again providing us with a line up boasting profession and quality, the flyer for this event spoke for itself! Entertainers on the night read as Invasion Crew, Celebrity Supa, New Winner Roadshow, Chuckie, Love Connexion, Pure Vibes, Trackstars and Docta Cosmic with hosts MJ, Creeper and Coldsteps!

Taking over Mustard Bar for yet another instalment of the highly accredited Love and Affection, IC promotions were doing it again! Glancing around before the venue filled out I could see that everything was firmly under control, and that the only thing that was missing was the ravers who were anxiously awaiting entry. Not being particularly thirsty or in need of a drink, I realised that it was the only time throughout the entire night that I was going to get such easy access to the bar until approximately 4am when the dance was finished. Therefore I took that as the perfect opportunity to purchase myself a drink!

Undeniably being one of the most talented and renowned DJ's on the circuit, it was only right for Toddler to celebrate his birthday in true style. The Louis Vuitton Don stepped out looking neatly attired from head to toe and from the look of the attendees on the night, it seemed like he had ‘a trailer load ah gal like Shabba dem!’ The ratio of men to women inside Mustard Bar on the night was something which Love and Affection is often credited for (By males anyway!) It was mentioned to me by another female in attendance that ‘There was too many gal!’ and seeing as she had a valid point, perhaps I could take this moment to speak on behalf of the ladies and request a few more men next time! Speaking of males, let’s see how well the male entertainers delivered on the night...

Birthday Boy aka Toddler, the Louis Vuitton Don

Yes, I literally meant head to toe!


The warm up set consisted mainly of Hip Hop and RnB classics which served its purpose and warmed up the crowd, but nonetheless got a little bit boring after a while. New Winner Roadshow then stepped up kicking off their set with Drake - Show Me a Good Time and this was exactly what we were all hoping for!

Celebrity Supa
With the NWR set coming to a close, a vast number of the attendees were heavily anticipating the Reggae and Dancehall, so it was clear to see that the arrival of Love Connexion had come just at the right time. As X-Rated and Silver Fox (Love Connexion) took the decks and started laying down their selection, there was a sudden influx of ladies on the dance floor, and not surprisingly, most of the seating areas became vacant. Delivering a set with a rather reminiscent mood to it, Love Connexion had everyone singing in unison and swaying to the sound of sweet reggae music! Whilst we were getting our ‘Grandad skanks’ on as Silver Fox might say, Celebrity Supa was busy entertaining the crowd downstairs with some House and Funky.

In the majority of events these days, you will find that if they have two rooms of music, they will often have the House & Funky in one room, and then everything else in the other. Unlike these events, IC promotions usually ensure that they incorporate a House and Funky set into the main bar area upstairs, allowing those who like to enjoy the best of both to do so at ease. On the night, I also realised that IC promotions weren’t too stringent with the music policy downstairs, and seemed to trust their selected DJ’s to do as they felt necessary and simply entertain the crowd. For me, this seems to be the winning formula which makes Love and Affection stand apart from the rest, and remain the very successful brand which we know it as today.

Cosmic and Creeper building up a vibe!
Now looking back to the previous Love and Affection for MJ’s Birthday, the selected House and Funky DJ for the main upstairs bar was Kiss’ very own DJ Pioneer, but this time around it was Docta Cosmic alongside hosts Coldsteps and Creeper. Justifiably referring to himself as ‘Shutdown Wizard,’ Docta Cosmic delivered a House & Funky set which did just that. The mixing was tight; the crowd were full of energy, and certainly didn’t hesitate to interact. Reciting Coldsteps’ and Creeper’s hooks, whilst displaying some serious sour faced skanks, it was evident to see that the set was being appreciated. Not only was this a result of the mixing, but as hosts on the set, Coldsteps and Creeper have to be saluted for giving the music time to breathe, whilst still being able to deliver their hooks effectively.

Coldsteps and MJ

Coldsteps and myself

Having already heard a wide range of genres from a selection of DJ’s, the time had come for the main set from the Birthday Boy himself and his host MJ. Regularly invading the streets and attending around four bookings on the average Saturday night, Invasion Crew were exclusive to this night and were consequently limited to just the one set. Of course this one was of extra special value seeing as it was Toddler’s Birthday, so expectations were high. Never failing to meet these expectations, they selected the latest Bashment, alongside the Dancehall classics that we love, and of course it wouldn’t have been an Invasion set without dubplates!

Toddler and MJ (Invasion Crew)

Toddler and MJ in the mix

 After shelling down Mustard Bar with that selection, Invasion did something a little different and took us on a journey back to the days of Jungle. So with the time reading approximately 3.20am and Jungle having taken over the main room, I became intrigued to find out what was occurring downstairs. With each step that I conquered, the sound of Jungle became more minimal, as the sound of Soca became more and more prominent. I begun to wonder who was behind the decks because impressively, they weren’t selecting the most obvious Soca tracks, and the set was sounding astonishingly good! Of course, it could only have been Trackstars’ very own James fully entertaining the ladies and coming up with such a fine selection of Soca.

Dancing through the crowd to find myself a spot to really observe what was occurring downstairs, I couldn’t resist getting involved. The Caribbean side of me must have come out because before I knew it, I was joining the Soca train and waving my hands from left to right. Although there may not have been so many people downstairs, there is no denying that the Love and Affection vibe was present on both floors.

Overall, I can safely say that the people who attended Love and Affection on Saturday 2nd July for Toddler’s birthday thoroughly enjoyed their night. Whether they had paid £10 or £15 for their ticket, I guarantee that they felt that every last bit of it was worth it! Everyone had clearly come out to enjoy their night and be entertained by the best of the best. Behaving in their best manner throughout the duration of the night so there was no commotion at all, the only thing that could be witnessed was everyone showing love and affection!

As the night was drawing to a close, the Underground Champion Chuckie was there to do his job and deal with the situation. Previously informing MJ that he is aware of his job description and that he’s got everything under control, I was well and truly convinced of this by the time that he got just halfway through his set. Slowing the tempo right down and playing them rub-a-dub kind of slow jams, Chuckie ended the night perfectly and most probably left people wanting more than just their bed!

The Underground Champion Chuckie

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