Black Butter Presents at Motion, Bristol
Last week saw The Blast team hook up with Black Butter Records for their annual party at Motion, Bristol. The night played host to some of the UK’s finest underground artists including My Nu Leng, Chris Lorenzo and Toddla T, who graced the decks for the Black Butter takeover in the main room. Room two, situated in the Marble Factory, was hosted by The Blast and boasted a line up with the likes of Benga, Commodo, and Manchester legend Chimpo. Motion’s ‘The Tunnel’ was hosted by Bristol-based Super Kitchen, who supplied funky vibes from Akito and Riz La Teef.
Throughout the night, the main room was treated to a range of sounds with Poté starting things off with a house set featuring African Drum influences. Despite being on early, the main room was packed out with a lively crowd preparing themselves for the night ahead. Next on the bill was Toddla T, a DJ renowned for his BBC Radio 1 residency. With his vast collection of dub-plates and dancehall vibes, Motion erupted to the DJ’s first return to Bristol since The Blast Halloween party. The special guest in the main was none other than the one and only Chris Lorenzo. With productions such as ‘Rhymes’ with Hannah Wants and more recently ‘The Calling’ with Chris Lake, he did not disappoint with his bass heavy set, backed up with the carnival atmosphere supplied by the main room crowd. After such a great set, any artist would find it difficult to follow, however bass duo My Nu Leng bombarded the main room with their unique multi-genre tsunami of bassline, techno, dubstep and everything in between. The set included tracks from the likes of DJ Q among others. This gave fans a taste of all ends of the dance music spectrum. As always it was simply a musical, DJing masterclass.
Room 2 was in no way second, though. However, the venue itself set the night off to a rocky start with significant technical issues; the sound system struggling with the cracking of the bass. Within a quarter of an hour, the issue was resolved meaning Commodo could do what he does best. Playing alongside MC Koast, proved to be a deadly partnership with the highlight of the set coming right at the end when the DJ dropped Kahn’s unreleased remix of the highly anticipated Sir Spyro ‘Top a Top’. Next up on the bill was Chimpo, who provided a combination of dudstep and drum and bass. Following on from this was one of dubstep’s legends Benga, of whom after a two year absence has exploded back onto the scene. A true music fans favourite, he received a great reception and responded to this by playing an out of this world set.
Following the success of this night, The Blast crew are back in Motion on the 18th of March with Chase and Status and also DJ EZ and Benga on the 19th of March. Be sure to check it out. We, at inSYNC, thoroughly enjoyed our night and would like to thank Black Butter, The Blast and Motion for having us.
Venue – 9/10
DJ/Band – 9/10
Music – 10/10
Overall – 9/10