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Locked In The Dock: Words As Weapons


By now we are certain that you’re aware of the talent we have lined up for Hospitality In The Dock. The horde of amazing DJs and live acts we’ve got are nothing short of perfection. But, with each and every style of bass music under the sun covered, we needed some pretty spectacular hosts to govern proceedings.

Some fiery lyricists are on the bill to act as master of ceremonies across all three of our stages, each injecting their own trademark flavour. To big up these wordsmiths, were going to go over some of our favourite songs featuring these talented linguists and pick our best bars for each song. Expect a versatile blend of Bass, Ragga, Hip Hop and D&B for this one, so set your hype levels to gas mark 7 and prepare to listen to some pure fiyaaah.

Coming in first we have resident Hospital hitman Dynamite MC and serial badman Harry Shotta featuring on Krafty Kuts: ‘The War Is Over’.

This one is seriously tough. Incredible flow from everyone involved and picking our favourite set of bars was no simple task. But we gave it our best shot. Incredible double time flow from all of these guys, it’s the speed and clarity that is as impressive as the lyricism in this case.

Harry Shotta: ‘So shoddy with the syllables and the similes never similar to me there’s no symmetry, similar to nobody I’m never taking liberties killing them with these crafty bars to move military’.

Dynamite MC: This season been proving to be moving all rows improving never losing. Touch for the rows for the flows they go rough. Hammer when I hammer my grammar they can’t touch.

Upfront and serious, these bars go in. MC’ing is a serious business and these guys are the CEOs. You can cop their flows on the Hospitality main stage and in the Little Gallery. They set the levels very high, so lets keep the ball rolling with man like Skibadee.

Ticka Tock is one of the greatest things to emerge from the UK. Big, bad and heavy, with energetic breakbeats, ragga vibes and tough lyrics. This track detonates dance floors from Dublin to Denmark and is always guaranteed to go off.

MC Skibadee: It’s Skibba, a quick spitter, I got my finger on the trigger I’m a wig splitter, I know that MCs are sick but I’m much sicker, I know MCs are quick but I’m much quicker.

With an impeccable flow and a persona to match the heat that sprays from his mouth, Skibba is one of the great MCs of our generation and we are seriously hyped to see him tear down the dance at The Dock in our jungle haven.

Rolling in next we have one of Bristols homegrown mic controllers. MC Carasel has been donning tingz for a number of years now. A versatile host who plays shows for the likes of Hospital, Playaz and Serial Killaz. His upfront and fiery attitude is only rivalled by the content and flow of his lyrics.

MC Carasel: ‘Diss crews get dismissed, find themselves placed on the blacklist. You make me wanna slit my wrists, we can’t co-exist. Dissing you is just target practice’.

Jheeze. Dark and dutty from Carasel, and we expect nothing less. As one of the South-Wests finest spitters he’s guaranteed to get you moving at The Dock come April, and you can catch him on the main stage.

Hosting the Eatbrain League show featuring Jade, Mindscape and Aggressor Bunx,  in ‘The Car Park’ is the man behind Comanche Records: MC Coppa. With an instantly recognisable voice, he has provided the vocals to a number of dark D+B and Neurofunk, and is arguably the most respected host within this sub-genre.

MC Coppa: ‘Whose pedalling, medicine, very unsettling. Manson, Marilyn, stage fright harrowing. Charlie Manson, back to the family, feds coming after me. What a catastrophe’

This weighty Neuro destroyer is provided with a whole extra degree of potency through Coppas horror-infused lyrics. To be played only after midnight, this one would bring out the Psycho in all of us.

Switching up the vibes now we’ve got the seven figure swagger dons that are: ‘Foreign Beggars’. Playing in the Car Park alongside a broad set of artists from the brought to us by: The Blast, Exit and Eatbrain. This dynamic duo have been showing the world how the UK does Rap & Hip Hop for well over a decade now, and there is a reason they are so revered.

When someone talks about UK Hip Hop, a handful of names come to mind: Task Force, Jehst, Roots Manuva and of course Foreign Beggars. In 2016 they can boast a seasoned and diverse discography having spat over Hip Hop, Dubstep, Grime and Drum & Bass. But it’s their Hip Hop roots that get the mention this time. With their iconic ‘Jump’ (Badman Riddim) and incredible works with Noisia as I Am Legion, you could be forgiven for overlooking some of their previous tunes. Well if you aren’t in the know, that’s what we are here for. Frosted Perspeks is a true Hip Hop artefact, a raw beat showcasing razor sharp lyricism leave this track as one of the best.

Foreign Beggars (Orifice Vulgatron): ‘Living life fixed like programmed microbes, Governed by lies, who just hide behind their white robes. My mind knows better but we choose to walk the tightrope, Eyes wide open but we’re shadowed by the blindfold’.

Much like Frosted Perspeks, Black Hole Prophecies is another one of the great Hip Hop tunes to sprout from a pair of UK MCs. A raw, gloomy boom bap beat complimented with complex lyrical imagery with rich abstract concepts render this track as solid gold. Featuring both entities that make up Foreign Beggars, if there was ever to be a museum of Hip Hop, this would be one of the most highly sought exhibits.

Foreign Beggars (Orifice Vulgatron): ‘A charming thief bestowed forth into oblivion, caught past the millions of warlord’s forced dominions. The cohorts of billions, the raw stock simian,
forethought sought to spawn his brawn amongst his minions’.

Foreign Beggars (Metropolis): ‘I hobble home in the shredded threads of a borrowed robe, but my bottle holds sorrows in a hollow hold.See, I’m of the Apollo mold, meaning I drift through space via bull with a copper tone’.

There have been some wicked lyrics in this piece, offering a different style from the last. Shotta and Dynamite going in with the double time, Skibba bringing his ruffneck attitude, Carasel donning the upfront vibe, Coppa with the horror flow and Foreign Beggars with their trademark lyrical wizardry. We expect to enjoy these multifarious methods live at The Dock, and they will be the perfect accoutrement to the abundance of incredible DJs and performers that are locked, cocked, and ready to roll for the Dock in April.

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Words by Ed Priest


Posted 3rd January 2017 in Blog, Features

Locked In The Dock: Best of Dillinja


As we are sure you are very much aware, we have a riches of talent lined up for you at Hospitality In The Dock and one of the crown jewels for this showcase is the D&B demigod that is Dillinja.

As one of the pioneers of jungle and drum & bass, Dillinja has played an integral role in defining and pushing the sound from its creation right to this very day. With his world renowned Valve sound-system he has been duppying dances for decades, and to celebrate his classics set at HITD, we are going to pick out a few of our personal favourites from his esteemed discography. Whittling down the list of tracks to a 5 piece was no easy feat, and we encourage you to comment your favourites in the comments section below. Enjoy!

5. Silver Blade

Kicking things off we have ‘Silver Blade’, an aptly named weapon of a tune, as this one is guaranteed to slaughter dance floors. Dark and intimidating, this upfront jungle tracks rolling bass hits combined with the harsh snares are guaranteed to keep you moving. With a beautiful breakdown juxtaposed by an equally aggressive second drop, Dillinja was definitely onto something special when he made this track. Released in 1997 on Grooveriders ‘The Prototype Years’, this track is an exemplary case of the transition and amalgamation between jungle and D+B that was happening at this time, and Dillinja, as always set the tone and level, incredibly high.

4. Sovereign Melody

At number four we have a symphony of pure beauty, less aggressive than the former track, but equally as fierce. Sovereign Melody is jungle music at it’s finest. Atmospheric, funky, and simply oozing with vibes. This is the kind of song we imagine is played at St Peters gates as you ascend into heaven, creating a blissful sense of elation. This track on wax can set you back up to £120 in Discogs and it’s no wonder why. This collectors classic is a pure weapon, one with the ability to morph any crowds state of mind into one of perfect joy. 

3. Friday

Switching things up slightly for number 3 we’ve got the legendary Friday from Dillinja under his alias ‘Capone’. As D&B began to form as a separate entity from Jungle music from 1996, this transition was truly marked during 1998, and few songs personify this transition so perfectly as Friday. With a rolling 2 step drum break going hand in hand with some wickedly wobbly bass stabs, this 98’ anthem still leaves crowds begging for more and is still a weapon in many top DJs arsenals today.

2. Sky

At second place we’ve got Sky, another perfect example of why Dillinja is still the king to so many people. Incredible drum work and twangy synths all amalgamate to create an upbeat and energetic track that could rival any number of jungle/D+B classics. Again, at nearly 22 years old this song remains as lethal as ever. One of the first releases on Philly Blunt, this tune (along with Muthaf*cka, another classic that only missed the cut by an inch) very much set the tone for things to come. Upfront and intimidating on the A side, and rolling groove on the AA,  Dillinja seriously set some levels with this release and it very much stood the test of the time.

1. The Angels Fell

At number one we have one of the greatest jungle records of all time, and I am fully aware of how bold a claim that is. The Angels Fell is everything that is good about jungle all in one track, full of atmosphere, incredible drum work, warm bass stabs and progression that keeps you holding on for more. This isn’t a track one can easily stop playing once it begins to spin. Making it onto the Metalheadz platinum series, the other tracks that came along with it the first time around are far from filler either. Ja Know Ya Big and Brutal Bass represented the B-side for the original record and these tracks weren’t far off the top 5 either. The Angels fell clinches the number one spot in terms of individual track, and the release MET006 is one of the best records to have ever come out of a pressing factory. Perfection.

And there you have it, a handpicked selection of Dillinjas greatest compositions. This was no easy task and reducing his discography the 5 tracks was no easy feat so we encourage you to share your top five in the comments section below.

We can’t wait for The Dock, and Dillinja is very much a big part of why it’s going to be a truly special occasion. He’s set to headline the Jungle Jam x We Love Jungle stage alongside the likes of Fabio and Grooverider, Uncle Dugs b2b Remarc and S.P.Y & Nu:Tone with a special jungle set. All this plus a host of more amazing talent across loads of stages with the mighty Noisia trio headlining proceedings with their incredible Outer Edges showcase.

Words Ed Priest




Posted 3rd January 2017 in Blog, Features

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