By the time the disappointment of Essendon’s loss had been drowned in one or two Crownies, many of Melbourne’s night owls, were re-gearing themselves up for the night ahead, that was sure not to disappoint! Whilst many punters headed to Slinky or Judgement Day, the Drum and Bass massive were rearing themselves for one of the most highly anticipated Tekstep nights of the year, which saw the return of the UK heavy weight and Metro recordings guru, Matrix, in his third Melbourne apperance.
I arrived at the gig just before 2:30am, to see the newly transformed Hi-fi Bar in full swing, with the sixteenth Tekstep party. Matrix had just commenced his set, and the dance floor was literally packed to the rafters. The vocalist talents, of Australia’s finest Drum and Bass man of the mic, MC Pab, accompanied Matrix. The duo rinsed out for a solid two hour onslaught. Matrix did not disappoint. In his incontestable performance, the entire Drum and Bass spectrum was covered.
For the night the EAW 750 “Tower of Terror” was installed…(Smart move!), which held the decimating bass lines of Matrix’s track selection like no other system in this city could. Following on from Matrix’s set, Rol’n, head of the Tekstep empire, stepped up to the decks, on a one track rotation basis, with Lex, Ruxspin, and even with the MC Pab getting a hand in on the mixing action.
For those who have not recently seen the new look Hi-Fi Bar, the upstairs bar, now has a sound proof transparent wall installed, which is the length of the room and faces the main downstairs area. This area was ideal for those who needed to step out of the main room mayhem, to sit and chill, but not miss a minute of Matrix’s set. The lounge area was filled with rare and infectious dub style grooves on the night, courtesy from the likes of the Deep Licks crew.
Highlights of the night have to go to Matrix’s flawless performance, and to the crowd, who stayed well after close. At most Drum and Bass gigs, the majority of punters leave after the international has finished. Because of the extended attendance, the atmosphere remained hyped.
Tekstep has been going from strength to strength with their international, and their local sessions, and here is hoping they continue to do so!
so… Get Ready To Rumble…