Review: Back To 95
Back To ’95 at GSS Warehouse, 29 Great Suffolk St, London SE1
This unusual music venue was definitely inspired by UK underground music scenes in the early 1990s, which included many rave parties in unused buildings, warehouses and secret outdoor locations.
The Back To 95 crowd
There were about five arched areas that offered soulful house & garage music; a bar and chill-out space; reggae; jungle and the portaloo toilet area. This venue used to be a warehouse and has high ceilings that offer amazing acoustics with the mind blowing sound systems.
Mi-Soul’s Jumping Jack Frost
On entrance, the first room offered soulful house and garage music as well as digital information boards that gave us the DJ & PA line-up times. The first DJ seen was Martin Liberty Larner with the sound of Stanton Warriors – ‘Bring Me Down’. DJ Hermit played the classic Shaun Escoffery track – ‘Days Like This’. The legendary MC Creed hyped the crowd all night with his unique deep voice style. I was dancing upfront watching the DJ spin and turned round to see Mi-Soul’s Jumping Jack Frost standing next to me in the crowd watching the stage. He was due to be spinning in the Oldskool Jungle Classics room later that morning. The Astro Trax Team – ‘Energy (Feel The Vibe)’ got a reload play from the DJ. After checking out all of the rooms available, it was obvious that the garage room was always the busiest, which proved that clubbers still love garage music and that there might be a garage scene revival.
MC Creed and his dancers
When queuing to enter venue, I met two young female professional dancers and just happened to watch them perform on stage. They brought a sexy stylish vibe and made the stage look more interesting.
MC Nu Flo and DJ Phantasy
In the Oldskool Jungle Classic area, DJ Phantasy & Nu Flo played a jump up drum & bass set with some hardcore classics like Omni Trio – ‘Renegade Snares’ and the timeless jungle track Shy FX – ‘Original Nuttah’.
Jumping Jack Frost and MC Det
Jumping Jack Frost and MC Det took to the stage with a reggae jungle sound that got the crowd moving to the rhythm. He reloaded Shy FX – ‘Feelings’ & ‘Shake Your Body’ as well as mixed in some reggae with vocal drum and bass.
Norris Da Boss Windross played a high energy garage set before Barbara Tuckers PA. She looked fabulous but wasn’t happy with the beats or mic on stage but still sounded amazing. Barbara Tucker started with ‘Get Lifted’, Precious Love’ (which got everyone dancing), we were treated to a cover of Donna Summers ‘Hot Stuff’, ‘Stay Together’, ‘Beautiful People’ and ‘Deep Inside’. DJ EZ set raised the roof with a fresh sounding funky garage set. Other classic tracks heard were Lennie D Ice – ‘We Are E’; Dom Perignon & Dynamite – ‘Got Myself (Together)’; Boris Dlogosch – ‘Hold Your Head Up High’ and M Dubs – ‘Over Here’ Feat. Richie Dan. Mike Ruff Cut Lloyd’s set gave us a lot of garage remixes of soul tracks which included one using Soul II Soul – ‘Back To Life’, Jill Scott – ‘Getting In The Way’ and Roy Davis Jnr – ‘Gabriel’.
There were probably over 1000 attendees there. The music, people and energy were on point. This event is definitely in my top 5 for 2014 and was a great end of summer celebration.
By Saskia King (@misoul_saskia)