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Sunday, August 22, 2010

U:Mack present Plaid Live Dublin 21st Aug 2010

My head is still fuzzy and fragile while writing this so please forgive any wonkeyness(?).

Il start by saying fair play to the U:Mack lads for putting this on, what a great booking. Its the first time I have attened one of their gigs, they knew what they were at and were very hospitable.

It took a while for Plaid to appear which I suppose added to the tension, I've been listening to them since I was 13 so you can imagine the excitement. When I arrived at the venue support from Platinum Ray kept everyone moving until the lads appeared and when they did the dancefloor was full and ready. The first half of their set (if my memory serves me correct) seemed to be material from the upcoming album Scintilli which was lovely to hear. Now this could be down to the fact that my mind is conditioned to 140bpm most of what I heard seemed to hang around this tempo, which is brilliant, some of it would fit nicely into a set at one of the DubCulture nights.
To keep everyone on the dance floor moving they dropped extra beats over their more melodic tracks which they managed to pull off perfectly (how couldnt they though, you have to remember who we are talking about), Im really glad they did this, I was worried they were going to sway more towards percussive work for the sake of keeping people dancing.
In the second half of the set we heard material from the Tekkon Kinkreet sound track mashed up with extra flavours thrown over everything we heard. The only track to have remained pure was Itsu from Dial P which was accompanied by its video on the visuals screen, if you were out having a fag or talking shite while this was on you missed out:

Somewhere near the end they played Hoi Non from the Tekkon Kinkreet with a 4x4 beat over the top. I was so glad to hear this, I think its one of the best tunes they have ever done and by the smile on Ed's face he could tell the whole place was impressed. I managed to get some footage of it but the camera in my phone its pretty whack:

They finished up then with a track that must be from the new album correct me if I'm wrong because its something I haven't hear before. I wasn't overwhelmed by it but it sounded like a solid tune that id like to get another listen to.

I asked Ed at the end of the show about the new album, he said two months, I asked Andy, he said they are still working on it, if you ask me Warp are sitting on it.

Sin é


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