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Bring the Noise presents Jaguar Skills – Milton Keynes

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The launch night of any of event is mix of excitement, nerves, frustration, a touch of luck and requires a great line-up to pull off a great opening event.  Bring the Noise went all in on these fronts at their launch at WW in Milton Keynes  no less than 20 artists on the bill with Data Transmission’s favorite Ninja Mr. Jaguar Skills on headlining duty. We arrive at the club at 1am to a packed main room, as Jags was about to go on.

As avid readers of Data Transmission will know we’ve been big fans of Jaguar Skills for a long time now, his podcast for us a few years ago had big plays and we’ve always enjoyed how he manages to bend and manipulate tracks and even genres of music to do his bidding to create a high octane, explosive show. With expectations high we’re pleased to confirm that Friday night was no different to our previous times we’ve enjoyed the Jaguar Skills show, although we noted it’s pushed on further for a more polished, exciting experience.   The inclusion of the new Dicer from Novation gives him more control over Serato Scratch which he then utsed to great effect with the kit allowing him the ability to mash more. For those not in the know, he remixes most of what he’s playing to create edits and remixes to suit his show.   Now once we were all plugged in and ready to go he opened with a disco slab and then dropped straight in to Max Romeo’s, Chase the Devil with some of the crowd instantly recognizing it as the Out of Space sampled track and going wild as a result.   

Picking out the most high energy or exciting parts of each and fusing them together allows him the ability to jump from Sigma to Dusky to the Prodigy in one smooth step.  By now the crowd was really jumping as evidenced by the amount of attendees climbing on each other shoulders to bring that festival vibe in to the club, which was fun, though a bit short lived.  

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The set was formed of sections, which adds to the sense of anticipation before dropping back down to a vocal stab or trademark “HOooooooOOOOooo” or even film sample before starting back up, remarkably jumping from The Police through Pendulum, whilst looping the piano loop from Strings of life. Effortlessly.  Another Jaguar cat roar sampled then makes an appearance and we were then dropped face first in to a Boys Noize banger before our ninja headliner began bouncing through 4×4 records now. The four to the floor vibe doesn’t outstay it’s welcome as Wilkinson’s Half Light then dropped in to introduce a new segment of music. Predictably the crowd went wild.  We were then treated to a journey through drum and bass before some more magic on the Dicer as we were then launched in to Gorgon City’s “Ready for your Love” through Route94.  The crowd now, now looking very sweaty and loving every minute  kep the dancefloor moving throughout, smiling away and tribally  joined in cheering every “HooooOOOOoooo” . Jag himself  knows how to put on a spectacle, bouncing around the booth with amazing energy and vigor. It’s inspiring to watch and as his time ran out we didn’t envy the probably very nervous Bring the Noise resident readying himself to take over from the explosive set before him.   

Amongst the acts in the other four rooms Indecent took over the Secret Garden and we popped our head in from time to time to check out the sounds of local upcoming DJs Blane Read & Joe Ensall  who brought their exciting ‘Bootleggin’ sound to the tech house room. Across from that room Motion took over with the one and only Concrete delivering a superb Jungle set. We have been big fans of him for a while and naturally we were excited to see him in Milton Keynes.

We had a fun night at Bring the Noise and were mightily impressed with what they put on at the venue and glad to see events of this size in Milton Keynes. Let’s hope for plenty more nights from them in the near future!

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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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