▼ at Subquake: Mefjus
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▼ at Subquake: Mefjus

Subquake November 28th 2015. 013 Tilburg.

Written by: Hajo Krijger
Photos by: Luuk Ticheloven (LJT)

Subquake makes Tilburg tremble once again.
The Dubstep and Drum ‘n Bass scene had been quite silent in Tilburg for a  reasonable while. Subquake, one of the most prominent Bass events in the south of the Netherlands had seemingly dissapeared behind a curtain of thick fog. But then there was a flickering shrine of hope; A new edition of Subquake rose from the ashes in the old 013-stage. The silence has been broken and the fog has most definitely faded away, Subquake returned, and with a line-up that is perfectly balanced between heavy Bass and energy. All together, it seems to be a promising edition.

It’s my guess that the previous edition of Subquake blew up the sound system in the Jupiler-hall, as the organisation was bragging about their row of newly installed sub-woofers quite actively. They had every reason to do this however; every one of the artists benefitted from of this. Le Lion: the only Dutch headliner of the evening, Badklaat: a menacing Dubstep-guru from the UK, Mefjus: Austria’s second deadliest artillery (slightly below the 15 cm Autokanone M. 15/16)  and Teddy Killerz: the Russian banger trio of which only one was attending this evening. All of these got that little extra slick-sub-woofing-spark to keep the people sweating and the bass pumping. Even those looking for some easy vibing got their wish turned into reality. Local artists brought a variety of laid back skanking Dubstep close to the bar downstairs.

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Le Lion
He might have a fro, but he isn’t afraid to show his manes. This wobbling warrior has made it an art to make sure that everyone who enters the dance floor gets into a hazy fuddle.  Liquid layers of Bass flow together while the kicks and snares separate them into a well-defined mix. Even though there were some slightly sloppy slip-ups in terms of mixing the Rotterdam’ rude boy still manages to keep the audience’s attention and puts a smirk on a considerable amount of faces. And the latter is exactly what his set was about. Le Lion made sure that his set was not just for the body, but also for the mind: engaging beats with soundseffects that surprise and entertain. This set had a distinct purpose: setting the tone for the evening in the first place of course, which it did tremendously. But on the other hand it set a different tone then the sets that followed. Warm and woozy instead of  blasting with energy. It was a very welcome start of the night.
There  was a noticeable disruptance in the audience though. Of course your general bass audience was there, but it had a taste of extra aggression. Probably this is because a Hip Hop-event, held in the same venue, had finished, just before the start of Subquake. This gave the amount of attendees a slight boost. It seemed overcrowded at certain times. More then once you could see someone with an over sized ‘Dope‘-sweater leaning on the bar with a confused look on their face. “I don’t get this music,” they’d say. “I don’t know why I stayed for this, I just can’t comprehend it.” On the other hand, these people were surrounded by others dancing their skins off. People who -do- get it. It did bring down the general atmosphere a bit but was certainly no deal breaker.

Badklaat
… got the job of bringing the audience from Le Lion’s woozy wobbles to some heavy banging Dubstep. And that job suited him perfectly. Sparing no expense, throwing around all kinds of saw toothed Bass lines and eardrum-homing mallets, Mr. Klaat really knew how to bridge the gap between the Le Lion’s warmth and Mefjus’ bombardment.. There was a MacGyveresque vibe around this set. An UK army knife, some high quality dubtape , and Badklaat’s energy created a solution to the usually problematic experience of genre switching. Speaking of genres: there was a wide variety of sounds in this set. Even though he had an energetic entrance he managed to keep increasing the energy during his whole set by flowing easily from ‘incontinent tuba’ -like dubstep to finishing with his trap sounding piece ‘Bad Like This’. MC Swift supported BadKlaat on the mic which was favoured by many for he implements his attentiongrasping lines with professional precision.

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Mefjus
“Oh my god it’s Mefjus! He’s on!” “Mefjus! Mefjus! Motherfucking Mefjus!” These are just some small excerpts of what could be heard when this speaker shredding maniac walked up on stage. It was clear that he was the audiences favourite of the evening and rightly so.
Since his ‘Emulation‘ album that dropped in 2014 there hasn’t really been a dull moment for the artist. He is frequently booked all around the globe, and he definitely showed us why. Spinning mental records like his remix of ‘Sunday Crunk‘ and Noisia’s Dead Limit. Flawless mixing, favoring speed and heavy drop after heavy drop grants zero opportunity to catch your breath. Moshpits are created, dispersed and recreated in a matter of minutes. Throw in a bit of Godzilla (featuring the dutch rap formation Dope D.O.D.) and some suicidal basslines and you have your killer Mefjus set. The smirks have dissapeared entirely and made way for steel faces that are either thinking about how to dance or dancing about how to think. Mefjus’  programmer background guarantees for tight preparation and makes the finished product a delicacy; just as an audience member described spot on with a metaphor: “This is Soft Danish Blue Cheese.”

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Teddy Killerz
Well, the cheesy smell stayed, but it transformed in some sort of Russian stanky odour that was a bit rough around the edges. Enjoyable when you know what you’re getting into but it always leaves a very distinct aftertaste. The one attending Teddy Killer opens with a bang, throws in some rock-hard neuro tunes with small room for error. However the track selection seemed a bit to diverse to keep up the energy and maintain everyones attention at the same time. Then, suddenly, EDM is being blasted out of the sound system. The people that have maintained their energy slowly start to realize that they’re dancing to something that doesn’t quite fit in  here. MC Swift, having left after Mefjus was done, wasn’t around to bring the audience back on track which watered down the second half of Teddy Killers’ set.

All in all Subquake re-entered the event scene in quite an impressive way. Some minor (maybe even unavoidable) hiccups along the way couldn’t suppress the general success of the evening. The order of the artist was formidable. The new subwoofer system worked really well. The audience, excluding some rotten tomatoes , was having a great time, and that’s what ultimately matters. For only €12,- this evening was incredible value for your money. Welcome back Subquake, we’re waiting for the next one!

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