Our last trip to Utrecht’s RELOAD left us near overwhelmed – it was one of the best dances we’ve attended in The Netherlands over the last few months (if you missed it, you can read about the session here). With the first and second editions selling out (perhaps due to artists like Karma and Kaiju headlining), BRUTUZZ (Sonic Boom), BeeVee (Give It Dub) and MC Atactic/ SparkUp (Dubtribu) certainly seem to know what they’re doing.
A few weeks ago, we once again made the journey to Utrecht for the latest RELOAD. The third edition welcomed J.Sparrow, Silkie and Commodo to the dance, a line-up that welcomed three DEEP MEDi artists to the dance.
When we arrived, shortly after midnight, the dancefloor was already full – a surefire sign of the intensity that was to come. SparkUp opened with a few tasty familiars; seamlessly mixing unreleased tunes and some of his own music (more of which can be found here). RELOAD’s own welcomed both the shallow and the meditative skankers, readying Utrecht’s finest with a great warm-up set.
Jack Sparrow stepped up next, an artist we haven’t caught live for quite some time. The Navy Cut founder (more on that soon) appeared ready for a showdown. Throughout the venue, a high level of anticipation could be felt – perhaps because this was the producer/ DJ’s first appearance in the Netherlands since his long-overdue MEDi087 release. Sparrow blew up the bass bins with MEDi material, his Spry Sinister remix and a few forthcoming Navy Cut delights. The blends were extraordinary and definitely set the tone for what promises to be an exciting 2016.
Silkie stepped up to give the crowd a lesson in dublate selections, firing a tonne of unheard tunes through de Helling’s sound system. Some of the tunes will no doubt see the day of light on Anti-Social Records, with many leaving us looking forward to what’s coming on the imprint. Silkie’s energy really fired up the crowd – gun fingers in the air, multiple rewinds and more leaving the crowd speechless. It was an absolutely wicked set, even including a couple of bangers from his own Fractals album!
With his first drop, Commodo stepped up and filled the room with deep and murky atmospheres. As grime continues to destroy expectations and dancefloors around the world, Commodo is one of the most exciting DJs leading this surge in popularity. The RELOAD crowd knew what was coming and what to expect, but it’s fair to say you can never be too certain with this acclaimed DJ near turntables. Highlights of his truly manic set included the Free Focus VIP and a number of fresh grime bits, all of which sounded straight fire. Our personal highlight was probably when he double-dropped Abbatoir VIP with Kahn & Neek’s Got My Ting. As you can see, the set went down well…
BRUTUZZ and BeeVee closed the night with a classic dubstep set, featuring both old and new material. Their DJing style places the tunes tightly in the mix while the duo enjoys themselves to the fullest – they really are an essential force within The Netherland’s dubstep scene. BRUTUZZ and Beevee’s set was the perfect final chapter in another epic RELOAD edition. Out to everyone involved!
You can’t accuse the RELOAD promoters of resting on their laurels. The fourth dance welcomes the InnaMind imprint to Utrecht with Quest, Thelem and Kursk joining FKOF fam Dubbacle alongside residents BRUTUZZ, BeeVee and host Atactic. Miss this, miss out. Not much else to say!
Pictures by Rein Kooyman
Special shouts to SparkUp/Atactic, BRUTUZZ & BeeVee for inviting us over!
Peace, love and respect.