'Get To The Point' featuring Jaro/Amplex/Judgement
Yard & Abroad Promotions alongside Lavish Promotion, Untouchable Promotion and President Sas presented...GET TO THE POINT featuring Killamanjaro, Amplex & Judgement Sound alongside Qualitex and Experience 2000 @ The Malcolm X Centre, Bristol ENGLAND.
The Dainty Crew arrived at the Malcolm X Centre around 1am to be greeted by a packed car park and a number of cars lining the main road. As we headed for the main entrance into the centre, we could see people gathering and that was a good sign.
The venue was about half full by the time we got through the doors and Experience 2000 were on the decks giving the crowd some cultural flavour with tracks such as Luciano's 'Sweep Over My Soul'. Morgan Heritage were 'Down By The River' and then the sound went into a Glen Washington segment including songs such as 'Rise & Shine' and 'Kindness For Weakness'. Beres Hammond was 'Over You' and then the singers section was well and truly under way with Singing Melody amongst many others getting some airplay.
Experience then decided to take a foray into the Dancehall arena with the Scarface rhythm getting the crowd moving. Harry Toddler got the crowd to 'Dance The Angel' and Bling Dawg addressed the haters. After a few tracks, the sound reverted back to foundation tunes getting a forward for Dennis Brown's 'Wagonist'. They worked extremely hard to get the crowd going and were getting a good response as more people started arriving.
All sounds had arrived by around 1:30am and Amplex was the first Jamaican sound to grace the decks for the night. Glamma G started off solo on the mic and the turntable with an R&B selection of tunes such as Whitney Houston's 'My Love Is Your Love'. R. Kelly said 'I Wish' before Wyclef and Mary J Blige called '911'. The lights were definitely turned down low as Bob Marley and Lauryn Hill did their duet and Dawn Penn said 'No, No, No'.
The crowd were getting warmed up and gave a good response when Glamma G moved onto some cultural tunes such as 'Push Comes To Shove' by Freddie McGregor. Garnet Silk asked the Lord to "watch over our shoulders" that night whilst Buju Banton alerted us about a 'Murderer'. The Punanny rhythm got an outing with tracks such as Shabba's 'Love Punanny Bad'. On the same rhythm Sizzla said 'Get To The Point' and Beenie Man was 'Crazy'. Lenny Hype stepped to the mic as Glamma G dropped the 'Smoke Clears' Bounty Killer, Barrington Levy and Wayne Marshall combination onto the turntable.
Judgement were up next and we overheard some ladies in the crowd commenting, "Who name Judgement"? They were soon to find out as Crush greeted the massive inside the club and the new recruit, Wiz started playing some tunes. They got an instant forward for 'Love and Hate' by Dennis Brown and continued on a foundation vibe with tracks such as Tenor Saw's 'Signs' and Capleton's 'Lock De City'. The Orgasm rhythm got a look-in and then the Superstar rhythm. TOK's 'Chi Chi Man' was well received before Shaggy & Rik Rok's no. 1 tune 'It Wasn't Me' ended the Japanese sound's segment.
Killamanjaro were being represented by Freddie and Derrick and they started off with cultural and foundation tunes including 'Rise & Shine' by Glen Washington. Beres Hammond lamented that 'One Dance' just wouldn't do and Sizzla was 'Holding Firm'. Capleton said she looked 'Good In Her Clothes' and Baby Cham spoke about 'Man A Man' as well as 'Babylon Bwoy'. Bob Marley said 'Everywhere A War' before he was "Iron like a Lion in Zion". Frankie Paul asked for the 'Kushenpeng' to be passed before Johnny Osbourne told us about 'Buddy Bye'. Beres was putting up a 'Resistance' before getting into 'Double Trouble'. Sanchez had the 'Saddest Day' before Beres and Buju said 'Big Man Don't Cry'. Sizzla gave it to them before Capleton told us to 'Hush Up'. Jaro played the ladies anthem 'Independent Women' by Destiny's Child before handing over to Qualitex.
Soljie was on the mic and on the decks for Qualitex and started off into a cultural segment with Courtney Melody's 'Dangerous' before Junior Kelly told us 'Love So Nice' and Singing Melody called 'Want You Back'. Junior Tucker had the 'Love Of A Lifetime' before Tony Curtis admonished that 'Love Should Have Brought You Home' and Shabba Ranks simply 'Caan Done'. Qualitex played a Shabba medley and them some of the Scarface rhythm before Young Lion took over the mic as the Tixx rhythm blazed the turntables. Beenie Man called for 'Straight Prison' for the paedophiles of the world and Bling Dawg asked people to call out his name before Sizzla told us to 'Get To The Point'. Capleton said "Batty man fe get boom…" and Ward 21 spoke of the 'Bloodstain' that would happen in Capleton did slew dem in 'Who Dem'. At this point Young Lion was so hype, he jumped off the stage into the crowd!
Experience 2000 came back and played a couple of tracks including Shabba's 'Shine and Criss' before Amplex took over and Lenny said that the people had paid their money to see the foreign sounds and not the locals, so they may as well get their money's worth. They kicked off their second segment with the number 1 tune in Jamaica by George Nooks called 'Remember' before Jah was by Everton Blender's side. Admiral Bailey called us 'God Pickney' and the crowd were more than lively with a lot of the ladies showing their winery skills. Buju asking to see some 'Batty Rider' followed Penny Irie's 'Hood Inna Hole'. Mad Cobra spoke of 'Matey' and Terror Fabulous asked the ladies to 'Position'. Chaka Demus and Pliers spoke of 'Murder She Wrote' before Red Dragon said to 'Bun Dem'. Singing Sweet asked for that 'Smile' and Vegas labelled 'She's A Ho'. Beenie Man called for the ladies to 'Let Him Go' and Red Rat mentioned his friend' Dwayne'. Lexxus had his cellie ringing and Capleton reminded us all about his roots in 'St. Mary'. Christopher's sweet vocals said 'All I Have' and Capleton started hunting to find that natural girl. Elephant Man cried out "you ungrateful f**ker…" before Capleton spoke of the 'Highest Grade' and Baby Cham said it was 'War 4 Ever'. Beenie Man rolled deep before Capleton put his 'Hands Up' and then Amplex played a Bling Dawg dub then ended their segment on Wyclef and Mary J Blige's '911'.
Judgement came back to the decks and kicked off some dub action with "bad boy a fire M16, policeman a fire AK47…". Sizzla called to "clean up your heart" and Beres along with Buju called to 'Pull It Up'. The venue was starting to empty slightly by this time, but the massive were still having fun dancing to more tracks such as Capleton's' Buss it', Lexxus' 'Blank' and then another surge into the past with Cobra's 'Tek Him', Buju's 'Goldspoon' and Simpleton's 'Coca-Cola Bottle Shape'. Joseph Stepper encouraged those who were a 'Wife' and Baby Wayne spoke of 'Mama'. 'Romie' by Beenie man got a rewind and then Mikey Spice and Louie Culture encouraged the men to 'Grab Yuh Lass' before Singing Melody exclaimed 'Say What'! The Pepperseed rhythm played and then some disco tunes got the remaining ladies going again.
The venue slowly emptied as Qualitex played out the last part of the dance. As the lights came on we could see loads of champagne boxes littering the floor along with numerous bottles and cans.
Everyone had a good night and The Dainty Crew would like to give much love and respect to Monksman for letting us do the review. Big up to Yard & Abroad Promotions, Lavish Promotion, President Sas and all sounds on the night. Special thanks to Amplex and Jaro for granting us interviews prior to the dance. Make sure you remember the promoter names, as they definitely know how to create a roadblock event!!!