This week’s Tuesday Club put four huge names on one line up – living legend Slimzee, fast rising grime star AJ Tracey and Sheffield scene staples Dr Cryptic and Forca. As usual, Andy H provided the first hour of tunes. He established the tone of the night perfectly with some inspired selections; there’s no denying TTC’s resident selector’s expertise or ability to warm up a crowd.
The founder of the independent Chip Butty Records, Dr Cryptic’s strong back catalogue includes My Style’ and ‘My Selector’. He took things up a notch in Foundry with huge basslines and impressive remixes. Cuts including bassline versions of a Whitney Houston song and the Countdown theme showed off Cryptic’s skill and creativity.
Next up was Forca, performing his very first solo live show but few people would have guessed. He already has a likeable stage presence, interacting well with the crowd and teasing a number of VIP and new tracks which show huge promise.
After half an hour, the stage was set for AJ Tracey. He immediately had the crowd entranced, causing chaos at the front and dropping massive tracks throughout the set. ‘Leave Me Alone’ and ‘Buster Cannon’ showed why everyone from Zane Lowe to BBC Music have tipped AJ as big in 2017. Rounding off proceedings with ‘Thiago Silva’, a collaboration with Dave, AJ justifiably remarked that the crowd was one of his best of 2016.
Seeing out the night was Rinse FM co-founder Slimzee, whose involvement in pirate radio and the grime scene across the years has been key to the success and development of many high-profile MCs. In keeping with his reputation, Slimzee delivered a huge hour of exclusive dubplates and grime classics. His years of experience were evident in how he commanded the decks, rounding off another TTC with a well curated range of acts and an electric atmosphere.