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Heavy Night to Beat

Heavy Night to Beat

Who: Kato, Auxilary, Camtron, Bass Kleph, James Taylor, Jimmy Savage
What: Nutshell Breaks
Where: The Cambridge Hotel
When: Saturday April 20, 2002

NEWCASTLE'S fattest bass sounds will be pumping out of the Cambridge again this Saturday night as the April Nutshell Breaks gets under way.

It is almost a year since the idea of an exclusive breakbeat night was introduced to the Newcastle dance music scene, and it has proved an unprecedented success.

Previous editions have attracted top DJs such as Krafty Kuts and Deekline from the UK, and Australian breakbeat Jedi Kid Kenobi.

Organiser Michael Hodgson (aka DJ Kato) said the high standard would be maintained for the latest Nutshell instalment, with Sydney masters Bass Kleph, James Taylor and Jimmy Savage booked for the night.

Savage has emerged as one of Australia's in-form DJs in recent times, playing alongside top international DJs Dave Clarke, Adam Freeland and The Crystal Method.

His mix of bottom-heavy breaks and ballistic beats have also rocked the dance floors at Sydney's big parties and club nights including The Chinese Laundry, Lucid, Crunch, Good Vibrations, 10-4, and Sabotage as well as guest spots on Rhythm FM and Pulse Radio.

On the local front, Kato and Nutshell stablemate Auxilary will feature.

So too will rising Novocastrian star Camtron, whose style is making a mark on a national scale.

Hodgson said those unfamiliar with the Nutshell format could expect sets ranging in length from an hour to two hours, and styles influenced by everything from classic hip hop to drum'n'bass and house.

'The odd classic hip hop track gets thrown down, and that's at about 100 beats per minute, but we play more of the breakbeat at the same speed as house - around 130 and 135,' he said.

'We want to vary the style every time to keep it fresh and to make sure we don't get stuck in the same old rut.'

The night kicks off at 10.30pm and is expected to finish about 5am. Entry is $10 from PDMS, Abacus Selections or the Cambridge Hotel or $15 at the door.

The Post has two double passes to give away for the night. To enter, e-mail teonline@newcastle.fairfax.com.au and put 'Nutshell Giveaway' on the subject line, along with a daytime phone number.

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