15th September | Motion
Photos: Abbie Shipperley
Bristol’s underground scene is infamous. With this infamy, a date that seemingly embodies the best in the game is a My Nu Leng night. The duo of Jammo and Tommy have progressed to a status of game-changers in the industry. Accompanied by arguably the hardest-working MC in the game, Dread, their live shows are notorious across the UK, inducing inspiration wherever they play. After an unsurprisingly packed festival season and a 6am flight to Ibiza booked in, My Nu Leng touching down in Motion for a hometown show was eagerly awaited.
With the event having been sold with a capacity of four thousand ravers, Leng veterans adorned with merch flocked through the gates, alongside a good selection of freshers. When when the fresh-faced younguns took their their first glimpse of the warehouse, they soon realised this wasn’t the ideal place for brand-new heels.
Heading to the main room, it quickly filled as Alexis kicked off proceedings. In an event brought by Cubana, the production transformed the warehouse into a favela of bass, strewn with washing lines and illuminated windows. With this theme, Dismantle’s carnival-funk was a fitting addition to the bill. Blending age-old classics with current fiesta tracks that have taken over the summer, the ‘Squash’ producer set the tone for a night celebrating the best of homegrown talent.
As the night tipped into the morning, one of the fastest growing bassline producers in the scene stepped up to the decks. Harry Bushby, under the alias Bushbaby, came with a set that made a statement. With his distinctive tinny beats permeating throughout, his slot was nothing short of spine-tingling through fierce arrangement where all those in the dance reacted with sheer hysteria. Although it might sound glaringly obvious, the ‘Fire’ creator knows how to obliterate a party. his set displayed a true authenticity in the landscape of bass, proving that he’s a more than worthy future headliner of the space.
By this point, a one-way system weaved through the building, sweat trickled down the walls of the warehouse and Leng took to the stage. As the mist started to disperse, Dread’s silhouette leapt across the stage, commanding the energy. From the outset, it was notable that Dread had refined what it takes to be an exemplary MC. His joy was infectious as tracks he has crafted, like festival favourite ‘Bossy’, rang through the soundsystem.
As their set spanned an hour and a half, Leng delivered with gritty mixes with nods to d’n’b. Despite having flight in the offing, the duo’s respect for Bristol crowds was apparent throughout, as they brought nothing less than booming drops with hectic impact. With the tease of an EP on the horizon, the injection of new material sounded slick with euphoric layers of vocals. As ravers took to their phones to capture the confetti, the sense of community that underpinned the event displays the commendable unification that My Nu Leng create.
Just when you thought there would be a moment to breathe, Taiki Nulight swiftly took over. With build-ups of undeniable crowd pleasers, Taiki would flip a labyrinth of classics into damaging remixes that were nothing short of havoc-inducing. His kinetic performance of all-round dirty bassline was an overwhelming spectacle. As Buckfast Boys Club closed the night with jump-up favourites for good measure, the dishevelled crowd started to disperse into the morning’s cold.
Bristol as a city is inundated with underground nights, where talent is bursting throughout the scene. What differentiates My Nu Leng is that they have graduated into undoubted pace-makers. Leng not only encompass what is means to be pioneers of an ever-evolving movement, but they champion that movement with their unparalleled diversity, matched with an intensely loyal following.