FRIDAY 29th JUNE ED RUSH & OPTICAL (VIRUS) DEEP & JUDDA PROPHECY & GUESTS Feel the force as June’s Metropolis at the Plug jumps the summer vibes with a hard hitting line up bringing some of the tastiest players in drum and bass to the fore. Virus Macdaddies ED RUSH & OPTICAL take up the bass bin ruckus with ample support coming in the form of new bad boys DEEP and JUDDA… West Londoner ED RUSH spent his formative years burrowing his snout into hip hop, electro and the underground rave scene before being hooked by the teeth rattling power of jungle and hardcore. OPTICAL emerged breathless and brimming with ideas after doing his time raving, Djing and acting up on the free party scene. While Rush pushed d’n’b forward with his techstep and neurofunk productions such as ‘Bludclot Artattack’ and ‘Kilimanjaro’ in the mid to early 90s, Optical made a name for himself via studio work on Goldie’s ‘Saturnz Return’ and Groove rider’s ‘Mysteries of Funk.’ When the talented, bass loving pair met in the studio it was almost inevitable that sonic sparks would fly. The classic 12s ‘Funktion’ and ‘Naked Lunch’ burst out of their studio and were battered by every self respecting dub plate soldier. It wasn’t long before albums emerged as the stone cold classic ‘Wormhole’ grabbed the scene by the throat back in 1998. Critically lauded and pride of the underground electronics scene this was a record which tapped into a rich vein of full on claustrophobic funk. Since their debut dropped the nocturnal duo have continued to the raise the bar as both producers and Djs, much in demand within the d’n’b scene. ‘The Creeps’ featured heavyweight tuneage in the form of the chart bothering ‘Pacman’ while the ‘Resurrection’ collaboration with MC Rymetyme thrashed dance floors into submission. ‘The Original Doctor Shade’ and last year’s ‘Chameleon’ are the two latest long players illustrating a breadth of vision as producers which outstretches any limitations imposed by d’n’b convention, taking in all aspects of wired electronics. There are no other artists held in such high regard by their peers which explains why the record bags of the likes of DJ Marky and Andy C have Virus flavour smeered all over them. This pair are gonna fire it up… Joining these two on the Metropolis bill are two new bad boys who’ve been raving it up, DEEP and JUDDA. The pair have found themselves on many of the line ups for the hottest d’n’b parties whether it be for Hospital, V, Valve Soundsystem, old skool night Destiny (where the pair learnt their trade), or their residency at Bournemouth’s Drumfunk. The twosome’s notorious back to back sets have seen them play all over the UK and Europe and burn up the pirate radio scene. Taking in all breeds of electronic tackle, from hardcore to the toughest of d’n’b, they should give the heavyweights plenty to think about. On top of the usual quality from the Metropolis ressies this is a night you need etched in your diary. Get yourself in the ring early… FRIDAY 29TH JUNE: METROPOLIS, doors 10.30pm, advance tickets £5 adv.