Club Forward>>’s summer line up comes true to it’s name and ethos: moving things ... forward. If you’ve followed the fusion/purism debate on the grime/dubstep border on this blog, then this line up is some next level biz:
DMZ & Loefah 2hr set
Reading between the lines with this, erm, lineup this looks like FWD>> embracing grime MCs properly. Of course MCs have always guested there, with Slimzee and Maxwell D reaching in about 2002 when Pay As U Go were together, but since then it's been all about Crazie D and SLT Mob MCs - bar the odd suprise slot from Crazy Titch and Roll Deep.
FWD>> has always been a producer stronghold, a place to test new 'plates, so it could never become a haven for MC Nobody, his 12 mates and their wasteman wannabe rivals brewing for a slewing. But it looks like it's now open to the cream of cutting edge grime artists - and rightly so. Tubby brought D Double and Footsie down on unannounced. Geeneus & Slimzee brought Sier B, Riko, Skepta, Dog-Z and Jammer. Watching Jammer and Skepta over Youngsta's dubstep set was a fascinating experiment of grime/dubstep fusion in action. So for Logan and Target, I'd predict the best of Roll Deep MCs, possibly more. Forward>> ... it's aptly named.
Crikey! The FWD>> line up debate has provoked strong opinion on dubplate.net . Check the views of Plasticman, Hotflush, Vex'd, Kode 9, Infinite and more...