Jackmaster, Scuba, Skream (Skreamism tour) & Oneman

The Arches presents

Jackmaster, Scuba, Skream (Skreamism tour) & Oneman

Deadly Rhythm DJs | Bake (All Caps)

Sat 22 Sep 2012 | 10pm-3am | £15 + bf

The Arches roll out the Funktion Ones for a killer line-up featuring four of the best names in the dubstep and UK bass scene.

(in alphabetical order)

Skream (3 hour set)

Plus support from:

Deadly Rhythm DJs
Bake (All Caps)


Glasgow’s own export currently dominating the internet and, it seems, the world. With an effortless international touring schedule, FabricLive mix and Rinse FM show in the bag, Jack Revill shares Oneman’s thing in being a DJ-slash-DJ, whose talent comes from being able to spot a killer track from ten paces, and knowing exactly when to drop it, favouring the sort of dubstep, two-step, garage, house and UK funky released by on-the-money Glasgow label and promoter collective Numbers, of which he is one sixth.


Scuba‘s new base in techno-centric Berlin may seem incongruous for an artist whose live sets and own label, Hotflush Recordings, are so ingrained in the London dubstep scene, until you realise the two are in fact blood brothers: industrial, sparse and thick with threatening bass.

You can hear the dualism on last October’s excellent DJ Kicks mix, for which he attempted to put together a condensed version of the final set at his club night Sub:Stance, at Berlin’s Berghain, and which helped put him on the map as not just a man with an eye for the best new tunes, but an eye for the best tunes in the crate as 3am hits.

Surgeon, DBridge, Sigha, Jon Convex, Addison Groove, Rosca, Sepalcure… the tracklist reads like a knowing who’s-who of UK bass right now, packed full of exclusives (six!) – which makes sense considering his own imprint boasts releases from Mount Kimbie, Benga and Joy Orbison as well as his own tracks.

Speaking of his own tracks, his third album Personality, released this February, fittingly shows off yet another facet of his musical personality: ravey, techy, 90s-influenced, solid, meaty chunks of uplifting 00s dance music just crying out to be played to a packed crowd on a huge soundsystem, and a far cry from the post-dubstep of second album Triangulation. Check out The Hope, Ignition Key or NE1BUTU if you need a starting point.


The first time the producer has every played the club, we are understandably excited. After a true teenagedom of hanging around record shop he worked in, Croydon’s Big Apple Records, making file upon file of track ideas in his bedroom and, soon after, playing out in underground London scene alongside Hatcha and Benga, Skream‘s 2005 release Midnight Request Line is now hailed as the moment which took dubstep from the underground to the overground.

Love him or hate him for that fact, its combination of melody and tasteful minimalism with thick bass made this the seminal track in opening up the genre to a far wider audience than the 20 or so people who would come to his first gigs.

Following early shout outs on Mary Anne Hobbs and a show on Rinse FM with his buddy Benga – with whom he comprises two thirds of Magnetic Man – his eerie, stripped back remix of La Roux’s In For The Kill in 2009 cemented his foray into the mainstream, with Radio 1′s Annie Mac begging listeners to help get the track to No.1.

Yet despite now having a show on the station, again with Benga, Skream has remained true to his record shop days through and through, still creating music prolifically and furiously – throwing out ideas if they don’t click after 25 minutes, and hoarding around 20,000 song files in his current studio, only to be released when they have been crafted into something he deems perfect.

Witnessed in his Skreamizm release series, you’ll also hear it in his constantly expanding his live sets, now encompassing 4/4, techno, garage and grime. The Skreamizm nights will take a back-to-basics approach: a dark room, a massive soundsystem, an extended set, and a focus firmly on the music. Rather than staying in one place, Skream explains, you’ll find him taking the crowd on a tour through the music he loves. “It’ll be everything I want everyone to like,” he smiles. “It’s about people going out, actually zoning in, and actually becoming at one with the music.”


The only artist ever to appear on Mary Anne Hobbs’ show without releasing a single record, Oneman has, rather incredibly for a DJ in the dubstep genre, made his name solely through spinning tracks, going backwards into old school garage in order to move forwards, re-contextualising the genre in a surprising way alongside dubstep, grime, funky and more.

Whilst his radio shows on Rinse FM are a laidback tussle between hip hop, dubstep and grime, his FabricLive mix, intended as a snapshot of what he’d play at the infamous London club where he is a regular, takes in house and garage too, showing off his tendency to pick up the tempo and span decades in the course of one set.