UKF Invades NYC: The Review

UKF Invades NYC: The Review
Music News

On Saturday, December 1st NYC was home to British bass-aholics UKF. This UK based electronic conglomeration is a worldwide hub for bass lovers that includes events, news, tracks, and tours but has shied away from the American shores until this past weekend. And boy were they greeted with eager, wide eyed enthusiasm from NYC’s bass-bunnies ready to show these UK dubstars what the American scene is all about.

The UKF family of dubstep, and drum & bass, artists on the bill included Chase & Status, Borgore, Gemini, Delta Heavy, Bare Noize, Dirtyphonics, Xilent, and Alex English. They brought this massive line up with the clear goal of melting faces, and cracking ear drums, symptoms synonymous of the entire 3500 person sellout crowd.

The huge cavernous space of the Hammerstein ballroom, with its dramatic vaulting balconies, wouldn’t seem like the ideal place for a scene that is all about tightly packed, grimey, sweaty dancefloors but this lineup had no problem rocking the whole place. The once-poorly reviewed sound system has been rectified and left all attendees wobbling and mobbing to the heavy mashups.

Just because UKF had never been to the US did not mean that these DJ’s were not facing huge expectations by the young, fervent, zealots of the bass underworld. And they did not disappoint. Gemini kept the momentum from his 35 city sell out tour going strong into his set mixing in both young and old bangers and keeping the bass to a maximum. Borgore masterfully directed his set from beginning to end really calling out to the crowd for their opinion and then bringing what they wanted and more.

He did a great job of mashing up several of his familiar songs while being unafraid to play some dirty trap, and drumstep. He played a trap bootleg of Kanye West’s Paris into RL Grime and Salva’s Mercy remix into a bootleg of Waka Flocka Flame’s Grove St. Party with near effortless execution. From dubstep sampling hip-hop, to trap, to drumstep, and seamlessly back to dubstep. He, along with all the performers from the night kept us all guessing, and kept us all dancing. A real treat.

Chase & Status played a stellar DJ set. They maintained their drum and bass roots with a tinge of American EDM influences, something the whole crowd jeered for on and on. What really stood out was their ability to expand deep into the abyss of bass music and string together several drops for an intense dance experience.

The “keep you on your toes” mentality of bass driven music is what makes UKF special and is what made their American premier one to commend amongst the common predictability of the current EDM scene. A real thumbs up for all the performers.

Visit UKFmusic.com to keep you in the loop with all things UKF.

Jake Annear | Elite.
Photos courtesy of WFF

Share Tweet
React
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

Jake Annear

Raised in Miami. Making it in NYC.

Original Video

Everything You Need To Know About Marijuana

Jesus has risen, but how high did he get? While Easter and 4/20 falling on the same day is most definitely a weird coincidence, it will also highlight a pretty important public opinion on what’s more important: weed or candy eggs? Sto...

More In Music News

Music News Kristen Lyn Ingram

10-Year-Old DJ Aiden Jude Proves EDM Is For The Kids

Just in case your faith in humanity was still intact, this is Aiden Jude: 10 year-old producer and DJ. Aiden has already landed gigs playing at top-name nightclubs in LA and NYC, even opening up in Hollywood for Mobb Deep. His persona may be the ghost-produced gimmick of an elder trying to gain attention, but […]

Music News Kristen Lyn Ingram

Grammy And Oscar Award-Winning Composer Hans Zimmer Will Compose The Official Tomorrowland Hymm

Reaching its 10-year anniversary, legendary film composer Hans Zimmer has been brought in to create the official hymn for Tomorrowland, the world-renowned festival of Belgium that recently made an epic expansion onto US soil. “The 10-minute-long composition takes listeners on a magical journey that embodies the mythical qualities, magical atmosphere and international character of Tomorrowland.” […]

Also On Elite

World

Houston, We Have A Selfie: This Is The First Instagram Post From Space

Hold the presses: The first ever Instagram post from space is about to make history. The image was posted on Monday, to the official International Space Station’s Instagram account. A selfie (shocking) of  Steven R. Swanson, the picture depicts the American astronaut suspended in the space station’s seven-window observatory module. The background is an awe-inspiring […]

World

This Shocking Art Installation Puts A Face On The Reality Of Drone Attack Victims

A collaboration of artists, in partnership with the Reprieve/Foundation for Fundamental Rights, have come together to design a larger-than-life art installation that brings awareness to drones’ civilian casualties. The artists have installed a massive portrait in the Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa region of Pakistan, where drone attacks occur all too frequently. With the newly-placed art fixtures, drone […]

World

Only In America: US Postal Worker Was Selling Weed From His Postal Truck

It doesn’t get more awesome than this! If the 29-year-old US Postal Service worker who was caught selling weed from his mail truck in Long Island on Thursday doesn’t make you proud to be American, then nothing will. According to Newsday, Jimmy Henry was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and criminal sale after police […]

Sports

7 Reasons Why Baseball Is Perfect

Baseball. Once America’s definitive pastime, the game has come under fire from the dwindling attention span of America. Also, steroids, gargantuan contracts and the irresistible violence of the NFL didn’t help. Forget that. Baseball is a beautiful game. It’s the game of cigars, evil old men, spikes, champagne, hot dogs, inequality and decades of heartbreak. […]

Entertainment

It’s Official: Nobody In Hollywood Wants To Date Taylor Swift

The revelation we have been waiting for has finally happened: It’s not the men, it’s Taylor Swift. Apparently, T Swift’s advisors are ”tired of setting her up on dates only to have her strange personality scare men away.” Not only that, no one in Hollywood wants to date her anymore for fear that she will air […]