Brotherhood Review – Sound System feat. Swamp 81

Brotherhood Sound System and Swamp 81 is without a doubt a match made in heaven. To celebrate their 3rd birthday the Brotherhood boys returned to Beaver Works and invited Loefah’s infamous imprint for the ride.

‘Swamp 81’ took over the Basement for the whole evening, culminating with Loafah’s excellent extended set. CHUNKY and Mickey Pearce did not disappoint earlier on in the night, they offered up the vintage drum machine sounds, interesting basslines and jerky rythms which denote Swamp as a label. Paleman also did a good job of keeping everyone’s energy levels high. The big names attracted a slightly disproportionate amount of the crowd to the Basement, which meant it was verging on overcrowded. But then again the Beaver Works Basement is known and loved for being pitch black and packed to the brim.

The visual effects in the Warehouse did draw people in: intrinsic light projection decorated the DJ both and lit up the room. Yet the room felt too much like a meeting place for friends to catch up and chat, and the hubbub unfortunately distracted from the music. Alexander Nut managed to overcome this with his lively set, a highpoint of which was him playing Floating Points’ recent release ‘Nuit Sonores’. Otherwise the main room of Beaver Works fell a little short compared to the consistently fun atmosphere elsewhere in the club.

The Back Room seemed to be a preferred choice for a lot of people. Silas and Snare Surgeon’s second set of the evening was a personal favourite: full of upbeat garage tunes it was the perfect way to end the night.

The event was thrown in association with JCKS CRWN clothing, whose day skate jam event the following day sounded as fun as the night.

[Maddie Davison]

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