Make way for the S-U-K?


That terrible grunting and groaning you heard last week was the sound of everyone and their mother jumping on the Lady Sovereign bandwagon, and why not? Grime's been kinda dull since the Roll Deep album flopped, Run the Road 2 is a dud, and here comes white teen supermidget, ink not yet dry on her Def Jam deal, to save the continent. Who's gonna hold that itty bitty NYC show against her? OTD, unfortunately, was visited with a sudden case of the bird flu and was quarrantined by US Army officers at a secure location, thereby missing the tour kickoff show with Montreal's Ghislain Poirier (hopefully well-known to you from his Lemon-Red mix and also his Beat Research visit) and DJ Makka, a/k/a Oliver of Write To Eat fame. We're told that a few other notepads responded to the APB. Thankfully, our pal DJ PINKSWEATSHIRT was in the house and emailed us the following off-the-cuff report:

"The show did kind of suck. Oliver played a good DJ set to a bunch of dudes standing in front of the stage staring at him (an odd malady of djs playing on stage), that was made even better by the fact that one of his turntables didn't work. That dude from Montreal was awesome, he pushed more bass out of the speakers in the Upstairs than I've ever heard. Sov acted like a 19 year old that wasn't really comfortable onstage most of the time. There was some dancing up front but the feeling of not living up to the hype creeped throughout the back of the room. She rushed through Random and Chi-Ching (the latter was a pretty terrible remix) like a teenager tired of having to play the same songs over and over. There were some good moments and her banter was funny from what I could make out (the accent is a bit thick) but she talked too much between songs. I left before the set was over."

Damn. So it's over: buzz officially squashed. (After talking to several other witnesses, the least-faint praise we could wring out of anyone was, "She's pretty underwhelming.") The moral of this story is: you should go see Oliver DJ tonight at Enormous Room. Did we mention he's spinning with Ali Shaheed from A Tribe Called Quest?
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