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Live: Discotheque feat. Belzebass (ITALY)

2011-08-30 15:27
The Assembly, August 26 - There is no queue outside The Assembly when I arrive. What I soon discover is that -  much like the neon capped Neanderthals huddled around the arcade games - this party's a late bloomer.

Tonight's line up hosts the stalwarts of Discotheque, providing a solid foundation for the international act. Belzebass is spelled out in bones on the front of the DJ box with a mirror-ball-eyed, horned skull resting on the stage.

A classy warm-up by Tommy Gun makes way for Kennedy's bassier electronic melange, accompanied by an exponential increase in the club's body count. Holding down the Annexx to no avail, Radio Elite and Magnum Hi-Fi's future house vibes have fallen victim to the main stage allure.

A skinny drunk girl in stilettos stumbles haplessly between the bar and the stage, looking for her boyfriend or maybe a sandwich.

The mob on the now-packed dance floor is heaving as Kennedy delivers the bangers. You know it's business time when a guy in crutches is breaking it down, while his buddies bust a few well-rehearsed moves for the Dontparty.TV crew. Bteam ascend the stage wearing "I am not Paul Ward" emblazoned shirts. And without fail, we are assaulted by phat and filthy Grind-house beats in and around our ear holes.

It's important to clarify at this point, that Belzebass are not DJs, they are producers and are spawned from the metal/hardcore scene. Aside from the words "Cape Town" I can't decipher what's being shouted over the microphone, but the incoherence becomes insignificant as the Italian duo drops a thrashing metal track as the intro to their set.

Busting out beats on a Game Boy console takes the cake. And what ensues is chaos and pretty much any Skrillex fan's wet dream.

It's been a demanding night, so by the time Liver hits the graveyard shift a large portion of the crowd has bailed, the drugs have worn off and the beer money is finished. High fives for a night I'll struggle to remember and a hangover I wish I could forget.

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