Ten Years Of Med School At The Tuesday Club
Posted by Ben on 13th December 2016
Med School Music have now been doing their thing for ten years, a landmark moment in the history of Hospital Records‘ little sister and perhaps an indication that the imprint is all grown up and easily able to stand on it’s own two feet. Over the past decade Med School have consistently proven they’re up there with the best, releasing music that touches on every conceivable flavour and style whilst also managing to maintain a sense of continuity and identity. To celebrate this anniversary, 2016 has played host to shows all over the world full to the brim with excited punters, Med School roster regulars and special guests.The final UK show in this marathon run was on Tuesday the 6th, at Sheffield’s infamous mid-week wreckhouse that is The Tuesday Club, an absolute institution for anyone familiar with the Steel City nightlife.
The line-up was characteristically sublime, and in a city dominated by the harder, techy side of the scene, to see S.P.Y, Bcee, Keeno and Whiney on the same docket was a breath of fresh air from the usual rotation of acts. Special guests don’t get much better than Brazilian master S.P.Y and whoever’s responsible deserves a pat on the back, because his production and mixing style almost couldn’t compliment the Med School sound any better. Keeno & Whiney are obvious choices, no artists represent what the label does better than these two; young, fresh and with careers that Med School certainly deserves some credit for. Bcee ties the whole thing together, and the strength of this line-up meant that here at Ninja Ninja we simply had to get down and check it out.
Unlike my lone venture to Spearhead Presents in London a few weeks back, I was joined this time around by a whole group of DnB-heads thanks to my university’s Drum & Bass Society. The Tuesday Club is beneath the University of Sheffield Student Union, and it’s big stairs and thick, heavy doors always remind me of heading down into fabric. The subterranean shudders of a night in progress hit you halfway, and at about 11:30 we shot straight into the middle of Whiney’s set, immediately being assaulted by a series of dark, blistering rollers. Considering the murky flavours present on his recent debut ‘Stranger Tides’ EP this wasn’t surprising, and the 22-year old went on to blend in a variety of other tastes before finishing up with his ever infamous remix of Colours by Franklin.
The previously thin crowd had begun to be padded out by later arrivals, and when Keeno jumped onstage at 12am the atmosphere was getting noticeably more feverish. There’s something amazing about a room full of people all on the same wavelength, and The Tuesday Club is always guaranteed to provide that kind of vibe. Ten tracks and two drinks into Keeno’s set it was clear he didn’t turn up with anything less than pedal to the metal music in mind, and his constant juxtaposing of light and dark kept everyone on their toes.Hugh Hardie’s Light It Up and Camo & Krooked’s brand new Ember were highlights, especially the latter which as it turns out absolutely bangs in a live environment.
Several trips to the smoking area later, S.P.Y had taken to the decks at 1am and instantly proven to everyone present that he was worth the inevitable Wednesday woes. Bursting out of the blocks with a selection of uncompromising cuts including The Flux and 4URGH by Break and Spectrasoul, the agenda was set for the next hour. It was clear from the reaction upon every drop that he’s who people were there to see, and trips into deeper, more retrospective territory were interspersed throughout giving his set a real sense of progression. Whilst the overall pace of the night was, as it should be, overwhelmingly focused on the regular 170ish tempo, S.P.Y switched things up nicely with Dellux’s Need U, a charismatic bassy little number that’s had widespread support from the bass community.
2am had rolled around, I’d just stolen a couple posters from the bathroom and Bcee was about to start. Now before we’d even got to the club, the choice to have Bcee last after S.P.Y had seemed like at best a bit weird and at worst misinformed. Club nights always tend to feel more cohesive if the music climbs in intensity not vice versa, and Bcee’s initial foray into light, delicate sounds did put a slight dampener on proceedings. However the Spearhead Records bossman has been in the game too long to let set timings stop him putting on a wicked show, and Logistics‘ Jungle Music was followed up by a run of weighty sine wave manipulations that scratched an as of yet untouched itch. Twenty minutes before the end, our night was brought to an early close by a friend getting kicked out after taking it upon himself to piss in the smoking area, which I can’t say is how I expected the night to finish.
The Tuesday Club has been the site of many memorable nights for me and despite the fact that only the smaller ‘Studio’ room was open and not the cavernous ‘Foundry’, Med School couldn’t have chosen a better Sheffield venue. The intimacy of room two was actually in some ways a welcome change especially in tandem with the wide range of Drum & Bass flavours on offer, which I guess proves that bigger doesn’t always mean better. I couldn’t be happier for the whole crew behind Med School, their tenth anniversary is a big achievement and they definitely celebrated it the right way. See you guys in 2026.