Sunday may seem an unusual choice of day to host a regular club event on, but speak to anyone who attended the seminal Metalheadz Sunday sessions at Blue Note and they are likely to disagree.
The Blue Note sessions have gone down in drum n bass history as taking a huge role in launching the genre from humble roots to a worldwide phenomenon, one that remains alive and well to this day, albeit morphed with the times. One of the big benefits of being on a Sunday, as cited by DJ’s who played and attended, was that the music played could be innovative, different to what one might have to play for less intimate rave ups on Friday and Saturday, which put the night at the forefront of the sound. It drew the most dedicated music fans, plus producers and DJ’s, to celebrate something exciting and new, becoming such a draw that eventually, unless you turned up early, you wouldn’t get in, also attracting a host of celebrity attendees including David Bowie, Bjork, Kate Moss, Carl Craig and more.
So when K-AZE aka Lemon D, one of the Blue Note family, announced that, alongside his new All Roads label, he is launching a bi-weekly Sunday session in Dalston, London, based around footwork, jungle, bass music and house, we wondered if he had the old sessions in mind. Here’s what he had to say about the new night, Boom! F’Real, and the Metalheadz sessions:
"Yes. It’s something new for people to come hang to on a Sunday so it’s kind of less pressure, more casual. The concept is for producers to come and spin classics to cutting edge beats in a decent intimate venue in London."
"Metalheadz at Blue Note for me was a pinnacle in the UK dance music scene. It was a place every weekend where you could go and hear individuality from the producers and their productions. Producers had a signature production sound