Rinse FM Tour


Rinse FM Winter Tour Review by Jack Stephens

When Rinse announced the lineup for the Birmingham leg of their annual winter tour, it is safe to say, myself and many others got very excited. Along with Rinse regulars Roska and Brackles, the promise of DJ EZ, Jackmaster and Swamp 81 head honcho Loefah, made for a night that nobody wanted to miss.

As is always with pre drinks before a big night, the end could not come quick enough. Anticipation for what lay ahead was high, awash with a dose of excitement and expectation, you could tell anybody venturing to the Rainbow venues that night was in for a treat on a monolithic scale.

Without doubt the main attraction was EZ, his recent Boiler Room set was a treat to the ears, people were hoping for more of the same. The garage scene legend did not disappoint. Old school garage classics were being dropped at will, even with the relatively early set time of 12am, Rainbow was rocked to its core. EZ’s completely unique style of mixing was showcased no better than when he double rewound the source 16 rework of ‘what you talking about’. The warehouse went off like never before seen.

The mood then took a turn for the darker, which was not necessarily a bad thing. The usual house beats heard weekly at 2:31 were complimented by deep garage and dub riddims. A welcome change. Jackmaster and Loefah threw out dirty beat after dirty beat, keeping the crowd captivated and mesmerised until the bitter end.

It was certainly not your average night at Rainbow, the music was meaner and there was an underground rave feel to the night. However, flawless mixing and eclectic dance beats made the night an absolute stomper.

Loefah’s bio on the Rinse website reads, ‘people are exploring the roots of dance music and putting new twists on it..’. The night was perfect testimony to the philosophy that makes Rinse so special.

If you didn’t catch DJ EZ’s Boiler Room set, catch it here, it’s well worth a listen.