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Beeswaxx w/Pinch, Drae Da Skimask b2b JD Reid, Black Josh... @ Versions, Manchester - 27/01/17

Event Review

Beeswaxx w/Pinch, Drae Da Skimask b2b JD Reid, Black Josh... @ Versions, Manchester - 27/01/17

After forming in the summer of last year, the Manchester-based collective Beeswaxx have already established a reputation for diverse and cutting edge line ups, whilst still being firmly grounded in the Manchester scene. Last Friday, their third outing as a collective, was no different - the line up boasted well known out of town names with Pinch & Drae Da Skimask B2B JD Reid, joined by a range of acts from the northern powerhouse. Acclaimed names such as Black Josh & Sleazy F donned the poster alongside ones to watch; Iamddb, Inka, A Broken Camarilla & Berry Blacc. The effects of a locally fuelled line up could be felt in the atmosphere throughout the club, with Mancunian inhabitants going crazy.


Birthday boy & Trapped Audio resident Yogeshi kicked off proceedings with some sub heavy dubstep cuts testing Version's recently installed Void rig, warming things up nicely for local group A Broken Camarilla. The ABC crew's talented vocalists Ceeow & E.V.I treated the growing crowd to warm vocals over soulful selections from Joey Bricks & Tommy Tickle. Next up was the Beeswaxx don Inka, spinning a diversified party set, spanning trap and all things 140. Highlights were undeniably the full crowd singalong during Iamddb's elevated performance of 'Leaned Out' and the exclusive first listen to Cul De Sac vocalist's Berry Blacc's new track; 'Basically'. Gas levels increasing, the stage was set for Drae Da Skimask B2B JD Reid - this was my first time watching the Astral Black lads and they did not disappoint, whipping out re-edits and dub plates galore, enough to please any beat head.

The spotlight was stolen by two brothers though...Black Josh & Sleazy F controlling the mics with utter ease. The chemistry between the pair of them is so natural, at times it almost feels telepathic. Then, just as I was beginning to tire of all the 140 business, Techtonic head honcho Pinch stepped up to the decks and I was silently relieved to find him playing a hard-hitting vinyl only Techno set. Although the tempo was brought down a nudge, the energy levels were still rife thanks to selections like "Head High - Rave" never feeling out of place in a bass heavy night. 

Thinking back to Inka's appearance on A Broken Camarilla's show on Reform Radio last week, he stated that Beeswaxx’s mission is to introduce people to something they otherwise would not be bumping. He hoped that those who came for Pinch, would find something of note in the 808 sounds of Drae Da Skimask and JD Reid. There is no doubt that this was achieved - genre boundaries were obliterated.

By Treece Pat | Loose Lips