Bass music has always thrived on its cultish following of extreme bass monsters. It is a well-known fact that once that first drop hits, the result will be all-out mayhem. Ear-splitting highs and thunderous kicks reigned supreme Friday night at the Pressroom as Relentless Beats presented Dieselboy, Noisia, and Cookie Monsta to an over-packed crowd. The journey through sound would prove to produce euphoric highs as a result of body-banging, brain-mangling bass.
As an opportunity to step outside to cool off from the heat of the rage, ravers were en masse as hard style and gabber took to the stage at a second stage not too far in the distance. 909 kicks and reverse bass would ravage the air, and the hordes of shuffling, stomping beings clad in everything from phat pants to the usual get-up, presented themselves in this space.
Back inside, a local Arizona DJ, whose name I couldn’t get, smashed banger after banger, as the room steadily filled making room for the one, Dieselboy. The crowd was in and out at the beginning of this one, as sound “cut” a handful of times. One has to wonder if the DSL overdrove the sound, or there was a technical issue. Regardless, the East- coaster brought the filth, as drums and reece bass pummeled the crowd into a frenzy, as shown in the video below.
After an hour of absolute filth on the drum ’n bass front, the UK’s bass monster, Cookie Monsta, completely obliterated the place. In a scene of cookie-cutter bass (pun could be intended), Cookie Monsta always rises above, uniquely contributing a sound that reminds me of the grime that was at the forefront years ago before it became “a thing”.
Lastly came the trio of twisted bass from the Netherlands – Noisia. Playing a slew of old and new hits, the crowd ate this one up. If you’ve ever seen Noisia, you know how it goes. These three are kingpins of the sound, consistently rising to the top.
Absolutely wicked show. It was nice to have the hard dance on the outside while the drum ’n bass took main room. This is what the culture has been pushing for over two decades. And now we have it. Let’s keep moving forward. Big up Relentless Beats!
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