Tramlines: What’s Going On – Clubs
Tramlines is almost upon us again, and Exposed is here to guide you gently through with all the patience and care of a mother duck at the head of a group of fluffy yellow newborns. A mother duck that likes staying up late to Mister Scruff and grime that is!
So if you're feeling overwhelmed and unsure of how best to plan your Tramlines 2012 weekend – look no further! Take a look at our picks from this year's dance and electronic music line up below to see some of our faves.
Who: Julio Bashmore
What: Bristol born house lover
When: Saturday daytime
Where: Sheffield University Concourse
After signing to Claude VonStroke’s huuuge Dirtybird label, Julio Bashmore released his eponymous EP late in 2009 – the result of a long love affair with all things house music. Taken from the EP, his huge ‘Battle For Middle You’ features a sample you can’t forget, layered with reverberating vocals and soaring synth – a prime example of the understaded, high quality house Julio specialises in. This is one for lovers of stripped-back electronic music and wobbly bass. Wobb-wobb-wobb-wobbwobbwobbwobbwobbwobb (is how the bassline goes).
Who: Toddla T, Benga & Youngman, Jackmaster, Oris Jay, Mele
What: The return of Toddla T Presents at the Octagon Centre
When: Sunday night
Where: The Octagon Centre, Sheffield University
Once a year, every year, something special happens in the University of Sheffield’s Octagon Centre. On the Saturday night of Tramlines the building is transformed into a temple of dance music, and the faithful turn up in their droves to worship at the altar of bass. The queue to get in is silly – but not as silly as what’s going off inside. Sheffield dance scene stalwart Toddla T is not just DJing, but curating the night – presumably from a set of decks on high. He’s joined by Benga & Youngman, Jackmaster and others to bring plenty of electronic excitement to a night that’s a Tramlines must for anyone serious about their bass-heavy dance music.
Who: Raf Daddy
What: Loads of fun
When: Sunday night
Where: The Harley
Raf Daddy is a man of many talents. Ministry of Sound radio show host, club promoter, record label head, manager, DJ and one half of catchy ursine house dream team the 2 Bears (Joe Goddard of Hot Chip makes up the other 50%). If you’ve ever listened to the 2 Bears, and if you haven’t you really should, you’ll know exactly what Raf Daddy’s about – good times! So if you’re in the market for some dance music that manages to stick in your head for days and strike the perfect balance between being fun, memorable and credible then you’ll wanna head down to see Raf. Now, how about a bear hug…what…no?!
Who: MJ Cole
What: UK garage legend
When: Sunday night
You! Yes, you! How do you feel about late 1990s and early 2000s garage? If the answer is good, then MJ Cole will definitely be on your Tramlines hit list. The man behind huge tunes like ‘Sincere’ and ‘Crazy Love’ is taking us all back to a simpler time where garage reigned supreme and Nokia 3210s were rife.
Who: Logan Sama
What: Grime from one of Kiss FMs pros
When: Friday night
Rising up from pirate radio to the heady heights of Kiss FM, Logan Sama has been pushing grime forward and bringing it to the people for years. Now his shows are a who’s who of grime and he’s one of the biggest name DJs in the scene. Now as part of No Uniform Presents: Butterz he joins Elijah + Skilliam, Swindle and Champion for what’s going to be Tramlines grimiest night yet. It’s gonna go off – be ready.
Who: Elijah and Skilliam
What: Premium Grime
Why: Elijah and Skilliam are two of the hottest Grime DJs around. Armed with the latest bangers from the scene’s biggest MCs and producers, they’ve been tearing up dancefloors up and down the country – and garnering an impressive following whilst at it. Their set at Tramlines promises to be carnage. As in, who woke the bear and why’s it in my bed, CARNAGE! Grr.