With just over a week to go before the 2019 Warehouse Project season kicks off at its new home, the Depot at Mayfield, we’ve picked our top 5 shows that aren’t to be missed.
1. Saturday 28th September – Kaluki Presents
The Warehouse Project welcomes one of the UK’s most established house and techno parties for a powerhouse showcase. Running the gamut from hook-filled sledgehammers to rolling tech, it’s an international meeting of four-to-the-floor minds all with proven track records for soundtracking sweat-filled sessions.
Joseph Capriati is one of the kings of Italy’s rave capital, Naples, known commanding, uncompromising drivers, while Loco Dice is shorthand for groove-laced punch and ANNA’s rawer rhythms savage rooms from her native Brazil to Barcelona. Deeper, more progressive beats come from a full Apollonia squad— Shonky, Dan Ghenacia and Dyed Soundorom. And Nastia is a sonic explorer at home with broken downtempo and high-velocity warehouse juggernauts alike. Those searching for sunrise sounds can find Ibiza-tipped house from Guti, wAFF, ItaloJohnson, Richy Ahmed and rising face ALISHA. Clenched fists firmly aimed at the roof, it’ll be enough to break any step-counter.
2. Friday 4th October – All Night Long
Handing the reigns to one name for a seven hour rave isn’t a decision you take lightly. With great power comes great responsibility, after all. So it’s no coincidence four masters of their craft are involved here, representing three distinct styles across a trio of rooms, giving crowds a chance to lock in for whichever journey appeals most.
The Martinez Brothers are no strangers to such marathons. Tonight presenting the sound of their Cutting Headz imprint, the New York duo’s formative years on the Big Apple club scene can still be heard today alongside Ibizan tech— betraying their associations with the White Island’s most raucous parties. Eats Everything’s larger than life character is matched by upfront beats born in the UK; bass and garage careering into techno and jungle. Honey Dijon, meanwhile, is Chicago’s finest contemporary, mentored by some of the Windy City’s all-time greats. Since emerging a genre-melding tour de force, she’s unafraid to switch between soul and chunk, jack and shuffle, funk and disco.
3. Friday 11th October – WHP Presents MK, Diplo, Gorgon City
It’s no secret the US has fallen back in love with electronic music over the last decade. A new generation of dance heads have germinated Stateside and they want uncompromising originality made for massive rooms. Two of the biggest names riding that wave are under one roof tonight, and both are bonafide veterans.
MK was topping Billboard charts during the mid-90s thanks to work alongside vocalist Alana. Ten years on that remix of Storm Queen’s ‘Look Right Through’ took No.1 this side of the pond. Since there have been remixes for Lana Del Rey, Dev, Ellie Goulding and Hot Creations house head Lee Foss, who joins for this one. Diplo helped break M.I.A. before creating tropical bass via Major Lazer and LSD. Riva Starr has been rocking the house circuit for just as long, his famed Rechunk edits testament to how much personality he packs into all he touches. Black Butter’s Gorgon City twist garage into unique electronics, while Leftwing:Kody veer close to techno. Then there’s Weiss, responsible for retro-inspired piano bombs that soundtracked this summer. Proof that even the smaller names will bring the main stage stuff tonight.
4. Saturday 19th October – Adam Beyer Presents Drumcode
Where do you start with Drumcode and Adam Beyer? Founded in 1996, label and chief have been at the forefront of techno ever since. Carving out a percussive and infinitely mixable style, that so-called Swedish sound was promoted to the big leagues from niche origins some time ago. A high energy, full-throttle-yet-accessible take on tough, it’s now considered one of the dominant forces in global rave.
With such a celebrated history it’s no surprise so many heavyweights have emerged from this camp— a number of which are on tonight. From more recent additions to the stable, such as Boxia, to long-standing favourites like Joel Mull, Bart Skils and Ida Engberg, the names on this line-up are shorthand for unrelenting fours that grow, groove and kick their way towards ever-more ferocious levels of intensity. Many are household names in their own right, from the deeper moodiness of Pan-Pot to the upfront boom of Alan Fitzpatrick, Maceo Plex’s synth-y electronics to the electro and jacking house-infused directions B.Traits’ has been known to explore. Expect nothing but the most solid body movers, all night long.
5. Friday 8th November – Patrick Topping Presents TRICK
The rise of live dance music has been notable in recent years— advancements in technology affording more opportunities than ever to innovate and create in real time. Tonight has no less than three examples of what makes this form of performance so essential. Octave One are titans of the Detroit second wave, few can hope to match the furious fun of KiNK in full sample and loop-heavy flow, while FJAAK reaffirm Berlin as the global epicentre of powerful techno.
Look closer at what’s on offer and things grow stronger still. Minimal would be a far poorer place without Luciano’s output. Paco Osuna remains at the top of Ibiza’s pecking order for pure stomp. Cinthie continues to procure and play vital house cuts. KETTAMA is among the most talked about emergents in raw, bouncing bangers. Those who haven’t tracked down Elliot Adamson’s recent succession of intricate and wildly varied electronica albums have probably heard him drop disco to rapturous response. A man whose taste is varied and astute, by now it’s almost unnecessary to mention host Patrick Topping, and his passion for rave samples, hoovers and spanking drums.