MALL GRAB: LOOKING FOR TROUBLE

By Bill Rah

There are certain factors in life that contribute to the perfect storm, which lead to a memorable and magnificent night. A spectacular venue with a ridiculous sound system, an exceptionally talented artist and an all around delightful vibe.

Glasgow’s renowned warehouse venue SWG3 hosts Mall Grab on a brutal sub zero Saturday night, in the midst of the fierce winds of Febuary. One can only dream of summer. However in order to kill some time until then, I thought it would be appropriate to return home.

It’s a rare occasion that one of my favourite DJ’s would be playing on a weekend I was free. It’s even rarer when your friend buys you a ticket. Mall Grab, otherwise known as Jordan Alexander was born in Australia and resides in Manchester. He is currently performing an international tour promoting his new record label Looking For Trouble.

He can provide an array of genres that will please an individuals ear drum. Although the deafening speaker of SWG3 can damage your ear drum. It’s a worthwhile double edged sword. SWG3 is the kind of club in which security are instructed to hand out water, in order to ensure the survival of the clientele. It is something that should be implemented in more venues.

When I entered the spacious warehouse that has been consistently used for raves in Glasgow it was a sense of relief. I was suddenly sucked back in to a familiar black vortex of obscene, unadulterated and filthy dance moves.

The phrase “Cutting shapes” has been thrown around in recent years along the Scottish music scene. However this was different. The rabid mob of ravers clenched their jaws in anticipation. The crowd was in a euphoric state of mind as expected in this environment.

The dynamic Australian DJ bopped around the decks with such zest. He executed his set flawlessly and performed multiple diverse genres. The exquisite sounds produced by Mall Grab are unique. He played harder material with a darker edge. The beats complimented the atmosphere of the underground warehouse. He transitioned to faster upbeat techno. The progressive rise in tempo and intensity was delivered with such ease. The young DJ had the crowd in the palm of his hand.

His technical prowess validate his status as a champion of house music. The evening ended with a roaring audience begging for an encore. Mall Grab delivered by dropping a track from his EP How The Dogs Chill, Vol 1. He finished with the simplistic lo-fi house anthem Liverpool Street In The Rain.