Left to right: Rocks FOE, Commodo, and Kahn. © Luke Ballance
Last Saturday, 21 July, marked the return of colossal bass music festival Sequences to Motion Bristol for its third year running. Encompassing various genres, the festival's four stages were curated by local events companies The Blast and Dark Moon, Kasra's drum and bass label Critical, and Mala's dubstep label DEEP MEDi in collaboration with Kahn and Neek's label Bandulu. Performers included Irish rapper Rejjie Snow, legendary grime DJ Sir Spyro alongside Killa P and Irah, and the rare pairings of Commodo with Rocks FOE and Conducta with Coco.
The day was full of surprises. Last year, Sir Spyro brought out K2 World and Capo Lee as special guests; this year, he ushered in OGz members P Money and Blacks to join Killa P and Irah on mic. The synergy between the four MCs was electrifying, with attendees enjoying a two-man rendition of "Which One" or "Black Bandana" one minute, followed by "We're OGz" the next.
When the news emerged that headliner Mala was stuck in Italy due to airport staff strikes, he instead delegated a few song requests to other DJs on the DEEP MEDi x Bandulu stage. Dubkasm closed with Mala's remix of "Victory" in his honour, and Kahn and Neek filled the hour-long vacancy with a reggae set under their Gorgon Sound alias, alongside Rider Shafique. After that, they played an hour of grime and dubstep, accompanied by P Money and Rocks FOE.🚨 due to Airport ground staff in 🇮🇹 #italystrike ✈️ i can’t get to @SequencesUK today - the promoters & my team searched for alternative routes. no success. i’m gutted 👎🏾— mala_dmz (@mala_dmz) July 21, 2018
Big up to my @deepmedimusik x #bandulurecords fam. Love to my audience always reppin. Enjoy 👊🏾
Dubplates by the dozen snuck their way into various sets throughout the night. Spyro dropped a personalised version of his hit single "Topper Top", featuring a special intro from the sadly late Teddy Bruckshot. Hi5Ghost and Boofy spun AJ Tracey's infamous dub "Mortal Kombat" and Dimpson's forthcoming single "Tek". Kahn and Neek dropped Polonis's iconic refix of Treble Clef's "Ghetto Kyote". Chimpo came armed with special versions of two of his recent productions: Killa'z Army's "Which One" and Jamakabi's "Wickedest Ting".
Check out our full set of photos from the day below.
Up-and-coming Bristol DJ/producer L U C Y pushes the tempo on the main stage. © Luke Ballance
Dubkasm perform a 'live' set showcasing their new album Rastrumentals. © Luke Ballance
Croatian DJ/producer Egoless gets technical in his 'live' set. © Luke Ballance
Bristol bigwig Koast (left) teams up with versatile Mancunian DJ Chimpo (right). © Luke Ballance
Bristolian DJ Conducta links up with Sheffield MC Coco for a memorable garage set. © Luke Ballance
Hi5Ghost holding down the DEEP MEDi x Bandulu stage. © Luke Ballance
Sector 7 label boss and Hi5's partner in crime Boofy in the mix. © Luke Ballance
Returning to Motion for the third time in two years, Rejjie Snow co-headlined the festival. © Luke Ballance
Rocks FOE seems pretty pleased that so many audience members know his bars. © Luke Ballance
Last year, Irah wore a hoodie that made him look like a skeleton. This year, he's topped that with a custom 'BALLALALLA' hoodie. © Luke Ballance
SW-TEC-9's Killa P and Lewisham's P Money share the stage with Sir Spyro. © Luke Ballance
Gorgon Sound a.k.a. Kahn and Neek wrap up the night for the second year running. © Luke Ballance