Jamz - D Double E, Elijah & Skilliam
Wednesday 30th September
Soup Kitchen, Manchester
Grime brand Jamz brought their party to Soup Kitchen in Manchester’s northern quarter as one third of a three-part tour across the North West that started in Leeds and ended in Liverpool. For this event Jamz recruited Newham’s finest general D Double E along with Butterz records’ very own Elijah and Skilliam, with a sell out crowd, everyone was anticipating a big one.
On arrival the venue was relatively empty, Jamz’s house DJ played a blend of dancehall and hip hop to try and stir the small crowd that had arrived early. Come midnight the place started to fill and the bodies piled onto the dance floor especially for the likes of Sean Paul who featured at least four times in the warm up set after a sing-a-long to Wayne Wonders ‘No Letting Go’ and a couple of oddly placed mainstream house choices Elijah and Skilliam were ready to take over the decks. Nothing unexpected from these two, a predictable but albeit well mixed and well received set. A remix of Lethal Bizzle’s ‘Pow’ gets the crowd ready for a steady stream of grime and dub stompers including JME’s ‘Man Don’t Care’ along with Benga and Coki’s Dubstep classic ‘Night’. A mosh pit opened up in the centre right of the crowd as the sound of Dizzee Rascal’s Chase and Status Collaboration ‘Heavy’ rattles the floor, by this point everyone is good and ready for D Double to get up on stage and get a mic in his hand.
As soon as he’s up he bursts straight into Newham Generals and Breakage’s, David Rodigan featuring, classic ‘Hard’ and the crowd is alive as bodies collide around the room as the energy is notched up another level. Chants of ‘Bluku, Bluku’ echo throughout the room as D Double spits verses to a highly receptive audience and before long he lays down his biggest track, after a couple of pull ups, during a night of which pull ups were refreshingly sparse, the sound of ‘Street Fighter Riddim’ shakes the bones of everyone in the room and its hand in the air time as the man from Newham spits his bars from Donaeo’s ‘House Party’ over the beat of Skreams ‘Midnight Request Line’. The set was kept short and sweet as he handed proceedings back to Elijah and Skilliam who struggled to keep the crowd engaged on the same level without an MC, nevertheless they continued to grind out the anthems until 3am. Some great selections from the Butterz Records DJ’s and a stellar performance from D Double E had the crowd leaving more than satisfied.
Words by Callum Goodley
Photos courtesy of Wire Club