One of the great joys of any big night or festival is the prospect of seeing a back to back set, seeing two great minds come together to amalgamate their approaches. Sometimes though, a back to back set can be the first step in establishing a permanent double act, such is the case with Pointfour.
Pointfour is made up of Context Audio masterminds Ben and Graeme (or Cantlon and Grayzee), Portsmouth natives who focus on the deeper, more melodic end of the drum and bass spectrum. They collaborated on the Phaze2 radio project, before eventually coming together as Pointfour, further cementing their mutual status as ambassadors for Portsmouth drum and bass.
The mix they’ve put together for us is characteristically fluid, cycling through several Context Audio cuts, interwoven with a comprehensive tour of all the best labels in DnB, from Soul:R to Dispatch to Playaz. It’s exhilarating, and even includes a few unreleased tracks. To say it’s lit would be a stark understatement, it’s fucking incendiary.
What kind of vibe were you aiming for with this mix? I think we were really aiming to put together some of the tunes we have been feeling recently, regardless of subgenre, while still keeping the energy up throughout the mix. Something you could listen to at home without the atmosphere of a club, yet still enjoy it if you were on a dance floor with some mates.
We wanted to make the mix quite progressive and play through a variety of different styles, building up slowly but starting out with the liquid. Between us, we’re in to pretty much the full spectrum of drum n bass so we try and reflect that in our sets.
What’s the best night you’ve played recently? DLR in Portsmouth was a really fun night a couple of months back, it’s always good to see him play. He’s definitely up there as one of our favourite producers!
More recently, we’ve been focussing on our weekly show hosted on dnbradio.com which gets a good audience. It keeps us mixing at least once a week, and its always a laugh – nothing too serious. It lets us experiment with mixes we maybe wouldnt go for during an actual set.
What’s the best night you’ve been to without playing recently? Noisia Outer Edges at Brixton in December was pretty crazy, everyone’s sets were on point and we had a wicked time.
We’re really excited about checking out Printworks next week though – that venue looks amazing, and is definitely going to be a good thing for the music scene in London going forward.
Best moment you’ve had at any night you’ve ever played? I think we’re going to have to say playing at Boomtown festival on the first night 2 years ago is definitely up there for us.
Everyone was hyped to finally be at the festival, the energy was pretty special. I think that definitely came out in our set when we just vibing off the crowd.
Boomtown has such a unique vibe to it – looking forward to going back this year!