Review: ANTS Halloween Takeover at the Warehouse Project

Last Saturday ANTS returned to WHP for a Halloween takeover, bringing with them a mouth-watering lineup including Paul Kalkbrenner, Groove Armada, and waFF.

After launching at Ushuaia, Ibiza in 2013, ANTS has evolved into one of the island’s most popular parties thanks to its forward-thinking line-ups and mind-blowing production. With it’s reputation for unique, unforgettable experiences that cannot be found anywhere else, ANTS draws clubbers from around the world.

Arriving to the sounds of Eli & Fur in the main room, the crowd was already buzzing and lapping up the full spectrum of house music they were serving up. Setting high standards for the night, the talented duo provided a set that had no limits; seductive vocals, infectious rhythms and melodies all hovering around techno and house.

Soon it was time for Berliner Paul Kalkbrenner’s headline set. He is one of those artists that you have to enjoy on stage at least once in your lifetime. His amount of productions and remixes is huge, although his detractors argue that he tends to repeat his most popular songs. However, this is just one of the reasons why so many people enjoy Kalkbrenner: his songs are great and everybody is waiting to hear those classics.

He teased the crowd with tracks from his latest album ‘7’ – Cloud River and Feed Your Head, a track that makes use of vocals from White Rabbit, a classic of Jefferson Airplane of 1967.

As his set progressed he went through darker paths, exploring the techno pieces of his discography with his characteristic epic approach and generating the best moments of the show with the well-known Berlin Calling, Revolte and Alter Kamuffel, before closing with Aaron.

Next up was ANTS favourites, Groove Armada. All eyes stared towards the stage awaiting the first significant drop from the duo and they did not disappoint. Throughout the set they mixed cool, bass-heavy house with crowd pleasers. And, of course, a Groove Armada set wouldn’t be complete with out dropping Superstylin, cleverly teasing the crowd with some sample vocals before their much loved tune set the dancefloor alight.

Over in a packed room 2 it was time for wAFF to enter the fray. The man known for showcasing tech-house beats had expectations to reach from many in the audience and he went for the jugular from the off by having a no nonsense approach full of powerful minimalistic rhythms and punchy driven techno. The energy promoted by wAFF during his set was electric.

Taking us through the final stretch was ANTS regular, Andrea Oliva, who pumped the crowd with his infectious, stylish tech house.With nothing but first class music to offer, Oliva displayed extraordinary versatility throughout the set, digging deep into his creative box illustrating the various depths he could reach too. His set didn’t disappoint and was packed with big bass that kept us dancing till the night played out.

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