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The Doctor's Orders 5th Birthday

Venue: Fabric, London

Date: 23rd July 2010

By Mark Devlin | 26 July 2010
It's quite an achievement for an event based around solid, banging hip-hop to have lasted five years in the volatile and sporadic world of London clubland. But if such an undertaking were to work anywhere, it would be the fashionable haven of alternative that is Fabric. Tonight marked the birthday of The Doctor's Orders, a night named after its creator and host Spin Doctor.


While rooms two and three pulsated to the sounds of dubstep and D&B delivered at eardrum-splitting decibel levels, room one was where the boom-bap action took place. Shortee Blitz, MK and Harry Love, collectively The Extended Players, got the crowd nicely hyped up, bobbing and bouncing as they performed on three sets of decks, delivering quickfire blasts of jump-up party favourites, all the while jerking their heads so sharply you'd swear their necks were about to break.

Headliner, the Detroit MC Guilty Simpson, was next up. Considering he's still something of a best-kept secret with no familiar bangers to his name, he made an admirable job of keeping the room bouncing throughout his 45-minute set. With a crowd comprised of students and trendy Fabric regulars, alongside the obvious hip-hop connoisseurs, the reaction was mixed. But no purist would have been disappointed.

Then came the night's drawing factor for many. Tim Westwood was billed as delivering a '90s golden years set' - a rarity these days - and anticipation was rife. Puzzlement, then, when he launched into a volley of 50 Cent, Dipset, Jay-Z and other post-2000 material, and much hollering 'of you were born in the 80s make some noise!' when most 90s fans would clearly have been repping for the 70s. Eventually, though, the classics did come - EPMD, Big Daddy Kane, Chubb Rock, KRS One, Brand Nubian, Wu Tang, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, and other gems that would have transported an entire generation back to the glory days of Notting Hill Carnival and The Temple. Much props for that selection - but to drop 'Boom Shake The Room', MC Hammer, and dip the volume to let the crowd sing along to 'The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air' was incomprehensible, and completely inappropriate.

Rounding off was Spin Doctor himself, ensuring everyone went home with a bassline ringing through their head. In all, a thorough, varied and entertaining night that happily proved that hip-hop club nights ain't quite consigned to the history books just yet. Props to the crew for five great years. Here's to many more.

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