Entering The Curtain Hotel, Shoreditch for the last time is one feeling that’s slightly overwhelming. These last four weeks have provided unique musical moments. Whether it was when Idris Elba jumped on the mic with Heartless Crew or watching D Double E and Ghetts play alongside Rude Kid
It’s hard to imagine the next time an intimate event like these Cult.ure parties, will take place.
For the last week, Shy Fx has once again has put together a glossy bill of artists for the last hurrah. Blessing the decks on week 4, we had, Shy Fx, David Rodigan, Mike Skinner, Rude Kid and Novelist.
In typical fashion Shy FX settled the attendees in, providing waves of nostalgia through old skool drum n bass classics like ‘This Style’ which he released in 1995. While giving us more contemporary hits like 2001 banger ‘Shake’ Ur Body’ & ‘Don’t Rush feat Di and Kat Francois’ – Setting the audience like dominos for the next artist tear back down.
The highly anticipated arrival of David Rodigan was imminent. One could only ask themselves – How often do you get to be apart of a 150* member crowd watching the legendary disc jockey? With this being a small and somewhat intimate event, the exclusivity was hard to bare initially. Opening with his catchphrase ‘give some signal’ and briefly paying homage to the legendary career of Shy Fx made for a revitalising intro.
A very eclectic performance, negotiating the airwaves between, Reggae, Dancehall and Rocksteady. With over 30 years in the industry, it was remarkable to listen to the selections of one of the best black music DJ’s still dominating the airwaves today.
Up next we had Rude Kid, upping the tempo figuratively and literally. The Ilford born producer and DJ seems to be blowing up at the minute. Playing across festivals, he appears to be growing at the same rate as grime itself. Only two weeks ago, he shut down a previous Cult. Ure event while accompanying grime heavyweight Ghetts to the stage.
This time around, there was one small change. Instead of Ghetts spitting bars, it was Novelist taking up the mic. The versatility of the Lewisham MC/Producer makes for a striking performance. Lyrically Novelist has never shunned away from speaking his truth on the running of the United Kingdom.
The self-proclaimed follower of the labour party has the lyrical artistry to convey political messages vigorously and melodically like no other MC’s of his generation. Gearing up the audience, it’s understandable for Rude Kid to reel-back tracks continuously, because, throughout their shared set, there wasn’t a moment where the audience and I couldn’t benefit from hearing that lyric one more time.