Having emerged from the ever fertile ground that is Bristol’s bass scene under his own name, Mensah Anderson has enjoyed a new audience and lease of life through his New York Transit Authority alias. Since releasing the veritable underground smash ‘Off The Trax’ in 2011, Anderson’s NYTA moniker has become synonymous with the forward thinking mutations of dubstep and techno that have been a fixture in UK clubs over the last few years. The release of last week’s ‘The Swarm’ EP on friend Relight’s Lobster Boy imprint saw him drop 3 more club ready weapons all equipped with a distinct UK flavour.
Hoping to enact a kind of Freudian analysis on him via a selection of his favourite Youtube clips, we were pleasantly surprised when instead of the expected barrage of club music and irreverent videos, he delivered a selection of ‘live’ performances. Supporting his friend Redlight’s debut foray into live performance this Friday at XOYO, at which NYTA will also be appearing alongside Paleman, festival veteran Anderson guides through his favourite acts, rappers and bands that he’s seen.
1. Arctic Monkeys – Leeds Festival 2006
The same year they blew up & released ‘Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not’ It was the set before Muse closed the festival & honestly absolutely blew my mind.
2. Jodeci – Trinity Hall, Bristol 199?
No one believes me but this did actually happen. It was filled with screaming girls & and I pulled an absolute stunner! (was only about 12/13) Couldn’t find anything online about it but think it was the late 90’s towards the tail end of that amazing R&B era.
3. The Prodigy – Gatecrasher Festival 2008
Seriously next level & my first time seeing them live. This is a Vid from Glastonbury 2009 which i was also there but the Gatecrasher one was a million times better & look how nuts this one was!!
4. Jay Z & Kanye West – O2 Arena London 2012
It was the Watch The Throne tour so if you seen it then you already know….. The only place that would have been better to see this tour would be:
5. Muse – Leeds Festival 2006
I’d not really been into bands before this festival but I truly felt the power of the guitar at this festival!
6. Kendrick Lamar – Melkweg, Amsterdam 2013
If you’ve seen him live then you know that you WILL loose your voice after he does this track:
7. Chic – Love Saves The Day, Glastonbury & Eden Project 2013
Was lucky enough to see the MIGHTY Nile Rodgers & Chic 3 times in just over a month at the start of this summer. It was STILL great the 3rd time around as well!!
8. Oasis – Glastonbury 2004
Just one of them moments you will never forget…..
9. The XX – The Eden Project 2013
Just one of the most beautiful venues to watch live music in the UK & was only a few days after Glastonbury so I was “emotional”
10. The Streets – Colston Hall, Bristol 2004
I’ve seen The Streets well over 10 times but this was on the ‘A Grand Don’t Come For Free’ tour so it was the first time I saw them perform ‘Blinded By The Lights’ Unfortunately the gig isn’t on YouTube but this will do…
11. James Brown – Glastonbury Festival 2004
The Godfather Of Soul 26 miles away from my front door!! My glasses had broken so I was watching him through one lens like a monocle & Joss Stone was stood next to us in the crowd.
Catch New York Transit Authority at XOYO along with Redlight ( live ) and Paleman this Friday.