The two godfathers of Jump Up drum & bass came together for a rare back to back performance that California had never seen.
These two artists arguably shaped the jump up sound that all rude-boy junglists know and love, and are monumental figures in the drum and bass community. These dnb pioneers paved the way for all future jump up sounds and came together for one night to murder the dance floor at Insomniac’s aptly titled “Ghoul’s Graveyard”.
Taxman brought Firth an onslaught of bass that tore the roof off, there was nothing but back to back double drops and pure mayhem, thirty minutes into their he mixed in the legendary anthem “Too Bad” which features an iconic blend of reggae vocal snippets and earth shattering beats that left the crowd with a bass face so immense that half the crowd had to take a moment to catch their breath. This was the moment I was waiting for, and the song that I was looking forward to hear all night.
For those of you who are not familiar with the Junglist movement that these two are a part of you should know that one of the reasons these two producers have such a unique sound is because they are actually brothers. Taxman is a blood relative Original Sin of G Dub fame. “G Dub” consisted of Original Sin & Sub Zero, who were the true OGs of modern jump up dnb production.
Original Sin balanced out Taxman’s bass heavy beats with funky melodic jump up and the occasional liquid which is rare to hear from Original Sin. At one point he dropped a track that wasn’t even drum and bass, it sounded like a lo fi reggae track that brought the crowd together only to lead up to another double drop of 100% pure un cut drum and bass.
The stage it self was properly dedicated to ghouls of Halloween and everyone was contributing to the spooky vibes of the festival with their well thought out costumes.
Big up Bassrush, Tony Merino, and Insomniac for providing California with proper Jump Up drum and bass. If there’s one thing you can count on from insomniac it’s proper dance music that provides much more than a night remember. On October 27-28 Insomniac was part of an important moment in drum and bass History, and for that I am eternally grateful to have been a part of.