Tramlines Festival:”Tek-One” @ “DQ Sheffield”: 24th July 2010



By Jonathan Bradwell

Since their sumptuous interpretation of iconic Screamo song “Sleep With One Eye Open”, the all inclusive, (in terms of the wide amount of genres subsumed), club music virtuoso’s “Tek-One” have enhanced to be an individual act beseeched by those folk that snoop in Britain’s Nightclubs after eventide. Formerly the tune was comprised by Sheffield’s home-grown talent “Bring me the Horizon” on the “Suicide Season” album. Later the band disseminated the tracks to multifarious DJ’s to mold them into dance floor prodigies. With both of these excessively incommensurable artists transpiring from Yorkshire towns, the devoutness to spectate “Tek-Ones” electro romp means a genuinely stressful one out one in policy is in appliance at the entrance to restrain overcrowding.

Once inside it becomes unmistakable why the bromidic limitations are in place tonight. The room is literally transuding as tonight’s MC establishes a steadfast chant of the group’s name. ‘Howard’ (Production) and ‘Felix’ (Percussion) take mere moments to occupy their places before shattering head on with the crowd to a rotund, overpowering Dub Step bonanza. Bestowing a live drummer into dance music has never been so remunerating: The beats are differentiated acutely by dissevering crash symbols and ravaging bass pedal outbursts. Both the percussion and the turntables are necessitated up to injuring volumes that literally schlep your body to the dance floor to be in and amongst the delirium.

The more distinguished songs get extensive reactions as this slick leviathan demonstrate a perdurable connection as the drums stay aligned with the produced sounds throughout the entirety of the set. A triumphant solid tempo remains throughout, meaning that once you start to admire it, it’s difficult to break away. This interminable pounding of musical encroachment captivated the crowd into a shoulder teetering, dancing mob. Refreshingly, but nonetheless unpredictably, the music withdraws and adds miniature breaks to the set, leaving enough time for a build up on the decks before the drums come reverberating in once again.

A moment arrives mid set that causes measureless suspense: The keyboard commencement of “Bring me the Horizon” remix “Sleep with One Eye Open”. As the prearranged drums abruptly freeze, drummer ‘Felix’ smashes down upon his set, whilst the sporadic framework of the acclaimed interpretation surges out from the speakers. The crowd turns into a riotous assemblage. One impatiently travelling Mosh Pit inundates the numerous lines of people to the front left of the stage, whilst the entire venue literally whirls, darts and quivers to the sounds of one of the most prominent  Dub Step tune released this year.

After an impassioned One and a half hours, “Tek-One” bring their coruscating set to an adjournment. DJ ‘Howard’ catapults towards the crowd, thrusting himself into the clammy air, and directly into the arms of tonight’s sweat immersed gathering. It would be unfair not to plaudit tonight’s third man on the stage, an MC disposing lyrics in catchy rhythms at a lightening quick swiftness. This man subtended the blockade between the techno artist and crowd by inspiring those present to get connected with the music. Retreating from the stage with proud smiles upon their faces, “Tek-One” efficaciously commandeered another one of Britain’s venues.

(Picture courtesy of BloodOnOutShoes)

Clips of Tek-One live in Tenby. Not the show that I attended:


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