Z-Trip & Bloody Beetroots Hit London

Last night, while most of the country was tuning in to yet another series of 'morons in a house, who's gonna last the longest' better known as Big Brother, I went to induce myself into some real talent in the form of The Bloody Beetroots and the legend; DJ Z-Trip.

I've literally been waiting about 5 years or so for Z-Trip to hit these shores and get to hear his live set and man, he didn't dissapoint. I was introduced to DJ Z-Trip about that long ago when the 2 Many Djs' Radio Soulwax mixtapes were doing the rounds. He is more or less a hip-hop/rock /drum & bass version of the Dewaele Brothers, mashing records from these said genres with impeccable ease and skill. He has made notoriety for his scratch sets and playing 45's alongside DJ Shadow but for this set he was playing on Serato along with some Pioneer Midi deck and drum machine. Apart from the odd digital looping and editing, the set more or less was everything I'd expect from such an original DJ.

An example of his range of genre mixing was captured in his first 10 minutes or so. He started the set with Justice's Genesis before looping and slowing down to mix into Iron Butterfly's 'In A Ga Ga Davida' which then lead into a hip hop track featuring a sample of the same track before mixing into Dizzee Rascal's 'Pussyole'. Next he dropped a classic which has made many an appearance in his setlist; Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' before capturing a loop when it mellows out to drop a Vocal Sample I couldn't name. He then dropped another classic, his Michael Jackson - Billie Jean/ Rage Against The Machine - Testify bootleg which then builds up and drops into Pantera's 'Regular People'. Beat that.

His set continues in a similar style breaking off occasionally into break beats and trip-hop to pay respect to his roots before dropping in old classics from Dre and Snoop, DJ Kool, and Jurassic Five, notably a track featuring Chali 2na rapping over Herbie Hancock's 'Rocket'.

Just like Led Zeppelin and Billy Idol, Z-Trip has employed the design skills of Shepard Fairy to produce tour T-Shirt, poster and promo CD designs. I picked up this little treat last night featuring a 20minute mix from both himself and MSTRKRFT. Z-Trip's mix sample's what he played last night. If you want to download more of his live mixes and promo tracks check out his Website.

Soundclash Of The Titans - Z-Trip.mp3 (mediafire)
Soundclash Of The Titans - MSTRKRFT.mp3 (mediafire)

DJ Z-Trip Myspace
DJ Z-Trip Website

After Z-Trip I headed over to Snap, Crackle & Pop's Summer Party to go catch the end of Andy George's set before the two masked Italians better known at The Bloody beetroots dropped their bomb of noise on the dance floor. They've recently been touring with MSTRKFRT and you can see why with their similar style of grinding synth, base driven, wall of noise-esque set's. I can never get bored of hearing their remix of Timberland's 'Miscommunication', so good. So, actually the Z-trip CD kind of sums up my night really.

Timberland - Miscommunication (The Bloody Beetroots Remix).mp3 (mediafire)
Timberland - Throw It On Me (The Bloody Beetroots Remix).mp3 (mediafire)

Bloody Beetroots Myspace