In todays day world of USB stick playlists and lip syncing, it’s getting hard to tell what really is ‘live’ music? This goes doubly for electronic shows, where some of the most popular ‘acts’ consistently pump out pre-baked shows for extortionate price tags. Luckily we still have acts like Four Tet, currating ridiculous line-ups for honest prices while also pioneering a truly live electronic experience – a unique journey through the sound and vision of Kieran’s music.
Four Tet’s show last night at the Institute of Contemporary arts was a prime example of this, a simply beautiful electronic a/v show like nothing I’ve seen before; A perfect matrix of lights dancing to the sounds of his latest piece Morning/Evening sprinkled with classic tunes along the way.
Warm Up In The Woods is a woodland-based rave put on by the Warm Up crew.
“As a brand Warm Up is very dedicated to representing melodic techno and electronica. Expect deep progressive grooves and lush warm melodies from our residents and friends”
WUITW 2 was my first warm up event, it was such a special morning and epic party – The vibes were happy, uplifting and deeply felt by all. The deep, melodic branch of techno that the warm up crew radiate brings a real sense of unity and oneness with the music, nature and everything. Progressing to deeper groves throughout the early morning through sunrise, Aidan kept the crowd on a heart string powering through in to the new day.
This was my first chance to go to a Boiler Room, and what better then to see one of my all time favourite producers and DJ’s, Kieran Hebden aka Four tet. For those who are not familiar, the Boiler Room put on intimate, invite-only underground music shows which are live-streamed worldwide, They usually take place in London, New York and Berlin amongst other cities.
For this event they chose one of my favourite spaces at the moment, Corsica Studios, packing out the small room to give you an authentic boiler room vibe.
Boiler Room’s are often criticised on YouTube for attracting a ‘Too cool” crowd, who barely manage a shuffled dance whilst being in the presence of some next-level act’s. This was definitely not the case at Four Tet’s; the whole gang were having it the whole time, start to finish, the energy was unreal!
Thai jazz specialist, Chris Menist warmed up the early arrivers (I was too late and missed his set 🙁 ) DJ Barely Legal and DJ Champion got things pumped with some garage, funk and dub heavy hitters.
This was my first night at Corsica Studios, making the trip mainly to see Dark Sky who are one of my favourite up an coming acts in the UK bass scene, really on it with their debut album imagin. They put on a solid 3hr set and didn’t disapoint!
That being said, I was absolutely blown away by Love Glove in Room 2, a vinyl only DJ crew bringing the disco boogie soul jams. I am indebted to Trouble Vision for putting these guys on the bill, and introducing me to something special. They had the room bumping with love, positive vibes an cutting shapes; I’m so stoked for these guys, cant’t wait to catch them again. They were for me the highlight of the night, getting my blood pumping an moves flowing as soon as I walked into the club.
Which brings me onto Corsica Studios itself, a truly ‘underground’ club with no frills an honest service from everything to the music acts, door policy and the bar. They know people are coming there for the great music an keep that at the focus of the club, not letting anything else get in the way. It consists of two rooms, room one a nice intimate space with a stage an bar round the corner, with room two round the corner, being slightly smaller, both powered by the funktion one system. More than enough to keep both rooms pumped!!!
The club is a great size, large enough to host a good variety of sounds, yet small enough to really incubate the feel good vibe throughout the crowd. Corsica Studios is a proper club and definitely worth checking out if you haven’t already been, Kompakt records are hosting what looks to be an epic night on the 20th March ft Weval (live) the Dutch due fresh on the scene for their first UK show.