Warehouse Project '16 Launch Party
One of the most acclaimed club nights in the UK is back with a bang!
Of course, we just had to be there welcome it home...
Maybe M.I.A.’s energetic hip-hop vibes and deadpan South London raps are just not Manchester’s style, or maybe the increased ticket prices or influx of a glitter-clad fresher crowd has put people off?
Whatever the reason, unusually, the night wasn’t a sell-out. That was no matter to us, though, as the crowds were just as bouncing without the usual back-up at the bar.
Covering hip-hop anthems and surprising us with an appearance from Manchester’s own Bipolar Sunshine, Washington-born rapper Goldlink kicked things off with a bang.
It’s just a shame his slot wasn’t longer and that he didn’t showcase more of his own funky as hell hip-hop-come-dance tracks. One to watch over the next year, we’ve definitely not seen the last of him, anyway.
Being short listed for BBC’s ‘sound of 2016,’ we expected big things from Mura Masa, and he didn’t disappoint. His set was a mix of electrifying sub-bass beats and airy, melodic tracks, aided by the soulful vocals of Bonzai (damn, that girl has some pipes!).
The set lost energy in the middle as he played some of his more obscure synth-trap inventions, but the party soon got going again as Bonzai returned on stage for his more well-known tracks Firefly and What if I go?
A far cry from the same old rehashed dance tracks that make it onto the current music scene, this guy is producing some fresh sounds that show that electronic music is still moving to exciting places.
Never the shrinking violet, controversial mega star M.I.A. burst onto the stage in a bright pink veil and transparent plastic trousers, bouncing to the violent, bassy beat of A.M.P. (All My People), one of the more aggressive tracks on her new album with a snappy chant of a chorus.
She performed tracks from the new album, A.I.M., such as Diplo-produced Bird Song, and had everyone singing along to her chart successes from the last 10 years.
Her music fuses every genre of dance music imaginable, with musical influences from every continent, culminating in a show that is loud, colourful and fierce. From start to finish, there was no respite from the driving upbeat rhythms and ultra high energy she exudes on stage. It certainly had the right effect on the crowd- there wasn’t a dry brow in sight.
Our night ended with David “Ram Jam” Rodigan, a reggae and dance hall DJ veteran. I don’t think he even mixed once. Heck, when you’ve been DJ’ing that long you know that all the crowd want is you to play tune after tune, and boy did he deliver. Always a treat, Rodigan’s riddims are guaranteed to get you moving like nobody’s watching.
Catch WHP’s next event at the gothic Albert Hall venue this Wednesday (28th), where German electronic project Moderat are joined by Now Wave DJs.