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Some kind of Easter magic was going on at Brown Alley. Normally, in Melbourne, you won’t see a crowd until midnight. But for some reason, there was a respectable sized dance floor from the moment the doors opened. For a Sunday night, what was happening at the Twisted Audio/All City Bass joint event should have been impossible. Such is the magic of DJ Fresh.

Early DJs like Raider and Meltdown reaped the benefits of this early crowd magic. Meltdown in particular unleashed an impressive set, full of harsh, tasty beats. Definitely worth a mention was the reaction to DJ Dose’s Beneath the Surface. Meltdown’s tracklist was full of these lesser-known gems, but the crowd reacted like they were big name hits.

Speaking of big names, Cubist, one of Melbourne’s major players in the drum and bass scene and head of Wobble, played an awe-inspiring set. Earning serious purist brownie points by rocking it on vinyl, Cubist played a set that was on another level technically. While the minor faux pas of playing the headliner’s track was committed when Ice Cream was dropped, the crowd’s reaction more than covered for it.

Speaking of massive reactions, New Zealand’s drum and bass kingpin Deall’s set was full of them. The crowd had packed itself into the venue by this stage, fully charging every reaction. With his original, Freak, Deall had the crowd bouncing up and down like a bunch of crazed Easter bunnies.

Also keeping the crowd bouncing was the surprise guest Dub FX. At times, the legendary MC worked so well with Deall you would swear the appearance was planned. The times that they were only 90% together only went to show that it wasn’t. Massive kudos must be given to whoever set the mix for the microphone for the MC’s. It was literally perfect: loud enough to give the MC the spotlight when they wanted it, quiet enough to remain complimentary to the mix underneath them.

The next MC up was Messy MC alongside the man himself: DJ Fresh. Surprisingly, Fresh led with his massive hit Louder. In fact, DJ Fresh’s set would be considered commercial by the night’s standard, going so far as to play Calvin Harris. DJ Fresh is one of the most skilled mixers out there – his tune selection may not have kept his original fan base happy, but the rest of the crowd went absolutely crazy. Two brand new, unreleased tracks were played, both of which are monstrously powerful. However, the high point definitely sits on Killing in the Name Of. No one expected it and, on top of the hardcore dubstep DJ Fresh was playing, it sent the crowd colliding off of each other as they formed a serious mosh-pit. The crowd loved the set, even getting on top of each other’s shoulders at one stage to get a better look.

The crowd also loved the vs set from Monkee and Lickweed. These two guys were responsible for the night itself and, as such, knew their crowd perfectly. The real killer was Noisia’s Diplodocus (High Contrast Remix). Thanks to these guys, the crowd didn’t even dwindle after DJ Fresh finished; letting them enjoy the benefits of all their work paying off.

Also enjoying himself is Melbourne’s kingpin of all things distorted: Zayler. There are very few people that can hold a crowd until five in the morning on a Sunday, but not only is Zayler one of them, he should be made their king after his set. He kept the still decent sized crowd there right up until the final note of Time to Pretend (High Contrast Remix).

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