Red Bull Music Academy hooked up with forward-thinking electronic label Deadly People to put on a show with Diplo and friends at one of Camden’s oldest music venues, KOKO (formally Camden Palace). In addition to the prehistorically titled DJ, the crew for the night featured Drop The Lime, Sinden, Mele, Academy alumnus Lunice, Dillon Francis, Radi Dadi and team Bounty, who all put on their party pants to celebrate the royal nuptials. RBMA columnist and Pick'N'Mix team member Hayley Joyes was there.
Following his controversial appearance at the Boiler Room, over 1,800 Dipliodites came to the venue to bang booties, ogle and receive an education in 108bpm care of Dillon Francis who showed London how they do on the west coast. After dropping a sweet remix of Kito and Reija Lee’s 'Broken Hearts', Dillon was followed by Academy lecturer Sinden. He tore through the upper circle swinging from fidget to tech house and getting the pit pumped with big tunes like 'Mega' and house cuts from SCB. Meanwhile in the confines of the cozy upstairs bar fresh '90s spinners and London club night, Bounty, hijacked the small room playing everything from Missy to En Vogue. Bounty’s Radi took to the main stage to open the show with her favourite old school hip hop and r 'n' b joints. Lunice also did some crunked-up cooking in the Bounty kitchen for his second performance of the night and his third of the week, after winning over the digital masses at the Boiler Room a couple of days before.
From hearty hip hop food to club tropicana, Drop The Lime performed his new live set, blending his bespoke re-fixes of classic jive tunes like 'Surfin’ Bird' by cult '60s band The Trashmen with heavy bass line and '90s rave stabs. It is these unique production combinations twinned with his Trouble & Bass label that have gained this slick-haired New Yorker international acclaim. During his set, two elaborately dressed fiesta booty shakers got the crowd hyped for the headliner with some samba-inspired moves.
As the star of the story, Diplo’s international-spanning set opened with Major Lazer's well-familiar dancehall anthem 'Hold The Line', and saw tunes from his 'Decent Work for Decent Pay' compilation make it back onto the decks. Famed for his ability to cultivate, expose and cram as many genres into a set, he tore Camden Town a new one with a dubstep remix of Benny Benassi’s 'Satisfaction', and continued to pound the audience with brostep, though not before a bi-polar switch up into 'Roxanne' by The Police and James Blake’s cover of Feist's 'Limit To Your Love.'
How do you follow Diplo? By playing drum & bass care of Deadly freshman Mele who rinsed out the bass lines before dropping it down to house music to end the night - and begin the post-partum depression.
Dillon Francis (Mad Decent, Los Angeles) - Live at Boiler Room, London
Lunice (LuckyMe, Mad Decent, Montreal) - Live at Boiler Room, London
Diplo (Mad Decent, Philadelphia) - Live at HARD Miami 2011