Before going out to see Toddla T on Saturday night I am reading a newspaper article about the rise in the number of fried chicken shops in Britain and the causes for this seemingly unstoppable growth in popularity for a few sinewy pieces of deep- fried meat. One of the most obvious causes seems to be: salt. It turns out salt is an addictive substance with a lot of regular chicken shop goers addicted to the stuff. So what has this got to do with Toddla T? Not much, other than he is quite similar to Mr Khan at Mississippi Fried Chicken in that he is a purveyor of another highly addictive substance: Bass. In large, salty, loud, gut trembling quantities.

Not knowing quite what to expect from Toddla T goes in my favour, I was expecting a sort of Dubstep influenced Mike Skinner, with a laconic, style, clever, but somewhat lacking in the fun stakes. I arrive at the Roadhouse and there is a young crowd, dressed up and ready to dance. The host night is called Eat My Beat (not meat) and The Roadhouse always has a nice, easy, unpretentious vibe about it, the perfect place to shake your ass, without feeling self- conscious.

The crowd is a mix of trouser suited students, well presented and eager with the more serious looking Garage heads who, look like they possess more than a cursory knowledge of the music on offer. Eat My Beat offers something new above other ubiquitous ‘house’ or ‘electro’ nights and that is, a sense of fun. The resident DJ’s play an assortment of Bassline, Dancehall, House, Garage, Dubstep and (thankfully) a smattering of Drum ‘n’ Bass. There is little time to pose or preen, just the simple satisfaction of moving your body in time to great ‘bass heavy’ music. It is all over body moving music, nothing more, nothing less, but its simplicity does not mean it is lacking in depth, it has many twists and turns to keep the dance floor guessing.

The DJ before Toddla T plays mainly Dancehall, which always has that slightly angry edge to it and the odd Garage ‘classic’ thrown in such as Flowers, by Mystique but thankfully, no Craig David. Toddla T didn’t arrive on the stage till gone 12, he was accompanied by an MC and begins his set with less edgy Dancehall influenced music and more spaced out, upbeat, housey tunes, fitting for a headline DJ which allows Toddla T to pull off a few ‘hands in the air’ DJ moments without looking cheesy; he looks like a guy who loves playing music and is genuinely enjoying himself in Manchester, a place the Sheffield DJ calls “home from home”. His excitement is infectious and shared by the crowd who need little encouragement. Bass heavy house, Bassline and Garage seem to be his raison d’être, taking, the peak time euphoria of House music but making it that little bit more cheeky and accessible and of course, bass drenched.

TT plays a few of his own tunes which he says are “fresh out of the studio”, but do not have much impact when mixed in with big tunes such as Roots Manuva’s ‘Witness (1 Hope)’ and Damian Marley’s ‘Welcome to Jamrock’ these tunes are dance floor gold especially when given a Bassline makeover which breathes new life in to old favourites and makes them more suitable for the dance floor. It is unclear whether Toddla T is responsible for these ‘re-rubs’ but either way they are canny choices for his set.

Lacking of course, was the MC, it would be nice if he plays a bigger part in Toddla’s set to compliment the music and add a live element to the show. But this is a club night where people dance and pull. It would be good to see this style of dance music played live, more in the ilk of The Streets, and with Mr Skinner bowing out after this current album there is gap for someone who can give Garage and Bashment more exposure; till one day it is as big as fried chicken, but without the fat. Or gristle.

When people ask me what music I am in to, I find it very hard to give a definitive answer because, throughout my life I have been in to all kinds of different music from House to Heavy Metal depending on how old I was, what I was doing at the time and the kind of people I was hanging out with. So I can safely say I am open to most things as long as it’s good but obviously that is entirely subjective and open to interpretation, which I guess is what Silent Radio is all about. However, I would say that overall my alliances lie with Electronic Music because it covers so many genres and is constantly developing and changing. Having just returned from Sonar I felt a warm glow being surrounded by so many people who appreciate Electronic Music but there were times when I became a little jaded and questioned its integrity especially after seeing Katy B perform for the 3RD TIME! Will Katy B still be remembered in six years? I doubt it. But I guess that is the nature of Pop Music in particular; some stand the test of time, some don't. I think having grown up and lived in Manchester my musical tastes have been influenced by the club scene post- hacienda and the music at nights like Electric Chair which encompasses the sounds of House, Detroit Techno, Disco, Soul, Funk and Hip Hop. Basically anything with a groove, I like. But this is not confined to Dance Music I particularly like bands that are melodic and have a hook such as Wild Beasts, music that captures an emotion and has a heart. While at University I was also listening to music that didn’t really have much of a heart but more of a pacemaker in terms of the emotion it conveyed and that was Electro-Clash, a completely non- sensical and at times ridiculous genre that borrowed elements from House, Italio Disco and Techno and re- formed them in to one fun, but ridiculous package. While at University, I had my own radio Show where I tried to convey some of my musical tastes acquired from up north and had guest DJ's from a night in New Cross called Zombie Disco, with Jamie from Zombie Disco now working with Lindstrom. We also borrowed the services of Rina from Ladytron who had a guest DJ slot. Anyhow, I think it is safe to say I like a wide range of music apart from Katy B, sorry Katy.