– SOUND CONTROL, MANCHESTER –

Best known for spinning Breakbeat, Krafty Kuts has had a long and successful career, as a DJ, promoter and producer. From Brighton, his career took off when Norman Cook signed his record ‘Gimme the Funk’ to his Southern Fried label. He has lived the DJ dream, playing to audiences around the globe, who pray at the altar of the superstar DJ.

As Krafty Kuts has been around for a while, I cynically expected the club to be half full with jaded clubbers, while all the cool kids were down the road dancing to Dubstep. But that is not the case, Sound Control is full to the brim and the crowd is really mixed. There are the old guard, who have been going to clubs like Tangled for years, and the youngsters who just go where the party is.

Krafty Kuts set is seamless, he doesn’t put a beat wrong, what his set does lack though, is originality. There is hardly any deviation away from the ‘hands in the air’ Breakbeat formula of waiting for the beat to ‘drop’. Granted, most forms of dance music function on where and when the beat will drop, but Breakbeat’s appeal seems to lie solely in this. It becomes a little tired, knowing, that every song will follow the same structure, particularly after four hours of dancing. At one point Krafty Kuts says “every body to the left, everybody to the right, put your hands in the air, and make some noise!” to which the guy next to me says, without any hint of irony, “God this is so 93”.

To be fair Krafty does deviate from Breakbeat a little, playing, Perfection by Princess Superstar, which sounds amazing on the crystal clear sound system, as does Krafty Kuts re-working of the classic Bigger Than Hip Hop by Dead Prez. Also, towards the end of his set, he plays some more Dubstep influenced tunes, which adds some texture to the night and allows everyone to have a good dance, without throwing the obligatory shapes.

There is no denying that there is a really good party atmosphere at Sound Control, with people smiling at the person next to them and having fun. But after waiting for the 55th beat to drop I become a bit grumpy and start chatting to the guy next to me. He too, finds it a bit tedious.

We start bitching about the state of dance music and I espouse the theory that gone is the ‘one love’ idealism of the early 90’s, the hands in the air experience is a clique, and dance culture has finally acknowledged its selfish side, hence the emergence of head down Dubstep. He laughed and said that our conversation reminded him of the scene in Human Traffic where, two guys are at a club, talking about the death of dance culture, whilst everyone else around them is having fun. So, I decide to put my cynicism to one side and get on with the more pressing business of throwing shapes, leaving the analysis until I get home.

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.