We mentioned earlier this year that we’re going to be teaming up with LOMAX RADIO and getting involved with the show a little bit. The show focuses on the London underground techno scene and will include club night reviews as well as some banging new techno tunes. The next episode is in! – stream below – and you can read the full review of the night just underneath.
| the night in review |
On Friday 23rd January, although the weather and time of year would have you imagine otherwise, the streets of East London’s Shoreditch were busy and spirits seemed to be high. The wind and rain tried in vain to chip away at the morale of the large crowd stood outside of the venue but the ever-present heartbeat of the bassdrum emitting from the walls to our right stood as a constant reminder as to why we were braving the elements. The Superstition team at Village Underground had combined with Berlin based Sweat Lodge Agency to bring some serious talent to town in the shape of Chymera, Oliver Deutschmann, Ed Davenport and Work Them Records head honcho Spencer Parker; subsequently I and many others wanted to be a part of it!
Upon rounding the corner of the entrance you walk immediately into a huge cavernous space lined with exposed brick work, candles, and, filling the space in front, a sea bodies swaying in unison amidst a fog of dry ice. Ahead of them energetically plying his trade was Mr Work Them Records, Spencer Parker. Fresh off the back of his label’s show case the week before at Panorama Bar in Berlin, Spencer took us all on an absolute masterclass. A genre barrierless performance smoothly flitting from driving techno, to house, to disco and back again all done with great gusto and without ever relinquishing our attention. There is such honesty in the way he plays and without wanting to sound pretentious, it is truly captivating. You can tell that he genuinely loves the music he is playing and chatting briefly with him after only confirmed that. He has the air of man who genuinely loves his job and rightly so. For me, there were plenty of hands up moments during Spencer’s set but it was his closing track that really was the pinnacle of the night; Joe Claussell’s remix of Radiohead’s ‘Everything in its Right Place’ had the place in an absolute frenzy!
Moving perfectly from Mr Parker’s set into a darker and more menacing sound, Ed Davenport followed. Laying down a solid set of tough, rolling techno that resisted the huge breakdowns but instead maintained a steady momentum. With plenty of tension and drama in his sound he effortlessly retained the attention of the floor and began his two-hour journey, which took us through to closing.
A highly recommendable event and venue with a good level of polish and attention to detail on the production without losing that raw element you need from a quality underground venue. The collaborations and bookings that Superstition is making is a testament to their refined taste and knowledge of the scene. Be sure to check out the next Superstition event which sees a collaboration with Token Records. This means we will see Lucy, Inigo Kennedy, Ø Phase, Kr!z and Ctrls gracing our city with their presence and it’s all happening once again at Village Underground, this time as a day party on Sunday 15 February RA | facebook
If you intend on heading down, make sure you seek us out to say hi, we’ll be sure to give you a shout out on next month’s show. We hope to see you there.
Lenny, Nicola, Leigh and Nat