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Black Butter Records 4th Birthday – Village Underground, London

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When I heard that Black Butter Records were throwing a birthday party to celebrate their 4 years of existence, I instantly knew that this was something not to be missed. Responsible for the upbringing of Rudimental, My Nu Leng, John Newman, Clean Bandit, Kidnap Kid, Gorgon City and MNEK just to name but a few, this was sure to be a night filled with some extraordinary talent. I was definitely not to be disappointed.    

I arrived at Village Underground at around 1am. I was told at the door that I was lucky I had not come any later as some press passes were going to be revoked due to the venue being at full capacity. The event was a  complete sell out and Kidnap Kid had just started an hour long set as I walked out into the main room. What I love about Kidnap Kid and the way he performs his music, is the fact that for him it’s all about a smooth transition. The majority of Black Butter artists focus on an extremely heavy bass line, whereas Kidnap Kid seems to try and seek a form of beauty through his sounds. He definitely pulled it off. A very smooth and uplifting performance, his recent production ‘Stronger’ formed the perfect close to his set. 

An impressive venue, the set up at the event was as usual bang-on. No ridiculously long lines for the toilets or bars, no troublemakers and despite the numbers not massively overcrowded. 

If I were to provide you with a timeline of the night I’d have to pinpoint the end of Kidnap Kid’s set as to where things started to get slightly crazy. Featuring a live vocal performance from MNEK, Gorgon City’s ‘Ready For Your Love’  really made the dance floor come alive with the amount of smiling faces throughout the room almost comical. One look around the room told you instantly that nobody was planning on going anywhere and that the majority of people were going to see the event to a close.

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Gorgon City continued to exceed ever growing expectations, throwing bass driven drops and some very cheeky tech pieces in all directions for the remainder of their performance. Hours drifted by with everyone’s smiles remaining as steadfast and determined as ever. 

The final two hour set of the night can only be described as something that I will never forget. Black Butter monsters Woz and My Nu Leng were to be playing back to back to finish the celebration off with a bang. This double hour set was one of the most ground shaking experiences I think I’ve ever experienced with the combination of Village Undergrounds crystal clear sound system and the selections played making a perfect recipe for bass fuelled madness. Shapes were cut, inhibitions were discarded and there was not a solitary stationary body in sight.

As you can probably tell, I’m a big fan of Black Butter Records and love the consistently excellent events they throw. This was no exception, and actually topped any of their previous events I’ve attended which speaks volumes in regards to the quality of this night in particular and judging the fact that the venue remained rammed right until the very end I would wager that other people who were there feel the same way too. A great venue, great crowd, and some truly mind blowing music; consider next years birthday already in the diary!

Couldn’t make it down? Then luckily for you the entire event was recorded live on be-at.tv, check it out for yourself below. 

 

 Words: Sam Owers

Photos: LarryJ – www.larryj.photography/

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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