Brap-br-br-brap to Youngsta for last nights Forward>> sets. There have been times in the past when his halfstep/negative space/sub bass-driven evacuation of form sets haven't been my thang. But last night, like many of his sets recently, was heavy. Perhaps being armed with energetic dubs like Mala's UR-tastic and now ubiquitous anthem "Neverland" and Loefah's rollin' rocksteady dub "Roots," gave him the room to head deep into fresh subterranean, make that dubterranean, halfstep without the risk of total implosion.
The peak of the set had to be his use of double dubz of Skreams anthem "Late Night Request Line" (forthcoming on Tempa). That mix alone must have cost him 60 quid to cut (eight times what normal 12"s cost) - a serious endorsement of any track. But he executed the mix so crisply, delaying the third-beat snares so well, injecting the already-anthemic riddim with twice the energy, that he had jaws dropping - and Loefah flashing his lighter out of blatant respect.
Youngsta did that same mix on a recent Rinse showdown with Loefah. Download it here