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Review: Micron 10th Birthday at Mantra Live

Last weekend saw the self-proclaimed Wonkey Disco, aka Micron, celebrate their 10th birthday (part one) with Derrick Carter and Michael Mayer.

Their chosen venue? Mantra Warehouse. Since opening last year, Mantra has been home to a whole host of house nights and, although the Ancoats venue claims to be ‘a work in progress’, the recent arrival of Funktion One sound for the main room, a dutch-style locker room, and impressive visuals, make it already look pretty perfect to us.

With both headliners each due to deliver a mammoth three hour set , we were certainly in for a treat…

Kicking off proceedings was Michael Mayer. As co-owner of Cologne-based electronic giant Kompakt, Mayer handles the distribution of over 50 labels, signs more music than just about anybody and, when he’s got some spare time, sneaks into the studio to produce his own.

Arriving just an hour or two after doors, Mayer had already settled into some gentle four-four pulsing. An hour in to his set though,the crowd and the musical intensity had started to pulsate. Before we knew it, the place was packed, and Mayer was firmly in buzz-mode, firing off one high-octane anthem after another. Perhaps reacting to the industrial rawness of the space, he kept it fairly heavy for what seemed like a long, long time, yet peppering things with the odd neo-disco slammer. The odd bit of electro was also thrown in there for good measure, along with some Nu-Groove style house beHats. Despite the tangents, there was a rave intensity to proceedings.

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Next up, and closing the night, was one of house music’s worst-kept secrets – Derrick Carter. Hailing from none other than the very place house was born, he’s assembled a reputation as a fine selector over the past two decades. Declining to jump on any bandwagons in the process amongst an industry where they come in their upmost, Carter was not a casual booking by a long shot for Micron.

Few words can express the riotous brilliance that Derrick Carter unleashed over the next four hours. I can only begin to describe what happened; few breakdowns clawed their way out of the sweat drenched speakers, as an impossible number of tracks thundered momentarily into ear shot. Treating the place like his underground house play park. he delivered those funky Chicago beats we were craving. Derrick showed the love for classics without spoon-feeding us with widely known tracks, drawing excitement from the crowd regardless. A couple of hours in, he started dishing it out heftier, making it look easy all the while.

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Carter’s energy kept the Mantra dancefloor full right up until 6am. Hats off to Micron, who’s bookings never fail to disappoint.

Roll on birthday celebrations part 2 with AME and Magda!

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