First up on the menu is DJ X-Force who plays lots of block rocking beats type Hip Hop which has the partygoes all hot and sweaty. Playing quite an old skool set X Force blends tracks like Cold Cut's Beats and Peices with London Posse's Pass The Rizla alongside a whole plethors of US bangers which were newer back at the end of 2003.
During his set a couple of times raffle winners are called out and a whole load of prizes are dispensed to the revellers. All through X Force is continually cutting and mixing making for a rather hectic set. The camera intercuts between watching the DJ in the booth and mingling in the crowd which contains a wide range of people, initially some lookng very young with a lot of wallflowers, but the dancefloor is soon filled as the temperature inside rises.
The sound on the DVD is dissapointing as it is recorded through the camera's mic and should really have included a direct feed from the decks as well. There is minimal use of effects which thankfully is the case as the pixelation and squeeze / pinch effects employed from time to time are really poor. This is in contrast with the actual DVD menu which is an animated version of the DVD sleeve and looks good.
X Force's set is edited down to 15 miniutes and next up on the DVD is Pachuco who is edited down to about 5 minutes and plays a live set of his own music from his Laptop! Starting off poorly it soon builds a nice reggaeish groove and belends up theough some breaks and elctro to some plumpling club music. Not much to watch with a guy playing a laptop so the camera for this section concetrates on focussing on the crowd which is hilarious as everyone the lens focusses on seems to have to throw some signs and therfore make themselves look really stupid.
For the next 15 minutes are MC Paper Tiger from Wales and Reptile from Manchester who again are playing Hip Hop and by now everyone is looking proper battered. This as a distinctly Hitman & Her feel and that is the problem with this as the feeling of being there is not relayed via the DVD and much of the appeal is lost by watching a load of people you don't know dancing badly! Paper Tiger busts a verse or two, but is battling against the sound system and an audience who would rather dance than watch him. As an MC Paper Tiger needs to learn a bit more mic control because I don't think anyone will be picking out many of his lyrics.
The final set is from Discord aka Jof who lays down a Drum & Bass set to round off the night. Discord is from Preston and knows how to turn up the heat towards the end of what looks like it was a good night, but he only gets three minutes to show what he is about. So that is the DVD. Are you near Preston this New Year?
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