Warning: this video contains flashing lights and explicit language (naughty!)
2011 was a breakthrough year for London’s bass music scene as its DJs and producers took over the charts and London’s biggest venues with a wobble-heavy new breed of dubstep, electro, D&B and breaks. Though few have made the impact of homegrown duo Chase & Status. Their collabo-heavy sophomore album, last year’s ‘No More Idols’, featured guest spots with the leading lights of the UK’s urban-pop scene, including Plan B, Dizzee Rascal and then-new talents Maverick Sabre and Delilah, as well as teaming up with US soul force Cee-Lo Green on a track, and went on to reach platinum status.
Its hybrid of stadium rock-sized drum ’n’ bass, dubstep and old-school rave, however, is best served live. They’re more than just two beardy blokes pushing buttons behind some decks: Saul Milton and Will Kennard have set the standard for laser-blazing live shows with their brilliant ‘No More Idols’ tour, which last came to London’s Brixton Academy last October in a whirlwind of moshpits, crowd surfing and guest appearances from the likes of Tinie Tempah, Liam Bailey, Delilah and Mali.
Don’t believe us? Watch this exclusive clip of drum ’n’ bass anthem ‘No Problem’ from Chase & Status’s new live DVD of the performance ahead of its release on April 23. It’s a taster of what to expect from their next live set, on day one of South West Four Festival on Clapham Common on August 25, where’ll they’ll headline with support from Carl Cox, Erick Morillo and Pendulum side project Knife Party. If you are allergic to lasers and good times, though, we’d advise that you look away now…