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The Warehouse Project – Edible featuring Eats Everything, Laurent Garnier, Midland

Last weekend, Human Drizzle took a trip to a rain-swept Manchester to experience the 2014 edition of the world famous Warehouse Project.

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This year the Warehouse Project returned to its spiritual home of Store Street for the first time since 2011. A series of arches that once comprised an old air raid shelter underneath Manchester Piccadilly train station, this is a venue that the promoters know well, and it shows in the organisation of the night.

One minor complaint about WhP is the insistence that you have to be in the club by 10:30pm at the absolute latest. It’s unclear whether this is to increase bar sales, to catch out those people with poor time management skills, or to reduce numbers inside – but it feels like an overly authoritarian move.

However, this is the only real complaint we could have about the organisation. The sound in both rooms is crisp, the venue isn’t too full (as it was at the Victoria Warehouse when we last came in 2012) and it’s easy enough to move around, get a drink and find a seat in the whatever-people-are-calling-the-chill-out-area-nowadays room. Most importantly, we were able to do our thang on the floor without having our style cramped by anything other than our own diminishing manoeuvrability.

Onto the music. We arrived to Drop The Mustard laying down Sasha’s massive remix of London Grammar ‘Hey Now’, a slightly lighter than expected start to a night that featured Subb-an, Paul Woolford, Catz N’ Dogz, Midland and Laurent Garnier, all of whom were lead by the ever enthusiastic Eats Everything.

As the doors shut behind us, Catz N’ Dogz took over in the main room. We took the opportunity to go and check out the excellent Marquis Hawkes in Room 2 (you could do far worse than spending an hour listening to his mix for WhP…)

Soon, the man the punters came to see took to the decks in Room 1 – Eats Everything displaying his usual carefree abandon and willingness to interact with the crowd.

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It wasn’t long before he was delighting a now fully charged up dance floor by hammering into 90s classic B.B.E ‘Seven Days And One Week’.

It was a shame that Laurent Garnier and Midland played at the same time, such fans are we of both of their abilities. Laurent Garnier’s Essential Mix from earlier this year is top – a full 20 years after his first session for Radio1?! – whilst regular readers of HD will know how highly we talk of Midland.

Midland rounded off what was a brilliant night by calling on one of the big tracks of the Ibizan summer; the ‘Re-Plant’ of ‘Never Grow Old’ by Floorplan which rocked the White Isle throughout 2014.

By that point, HD was well past its bedtime and we collected ourselves and headed out, ears ringing, into the North Western night.

It’ll be interesting to see where the Warehouse Project goes next. They’ll be celebrating their 10th birthday next year – not a party that you want to overlook in a hurry – and you hope that they are given the support they deserve to properly laud what has become a Mancunian, if not national, clubbing institution.

SOHN @ Gorilla, Manchester

HD took a trip up North to catch SOHN play live last night at Manc underground venue Gorilla.  Amidst all the Warehouse Project-related chaos in Manchester during the winter months, Gorilla will play host to some of the most exciting talents in electronic music, including Dan Shake and Bondax, and it’s a venue well worth checking out.

Originally born in South London, Christopher Taylor a.k.a SOHN relocated to Vienna in 2012 and his music reflects perfectly the difference between the two cities. He pairs hectic soundscapes with lonely vocal stretches, not afraid to leave seemingly endless silences for the audience to wonder what’s to come. Melancholy is a consistent theme throughout, with his sorrowful vocals at the heart of the music, but it’s soulful too and songs like ‘Lights’ are borderline groovy.

This mix of tranquillity and chaos in his music translated amazingly into a live performance, not least because he shows himself to be an incredible musician. He began with more down-tempo numbers such as ‘Bloodflows’ and ‘Oscillate’ and, after a pause and a warning of what was to come, he ramped things up in the second half, belting out ‘The Wheel’ to the crowd’s delight. Backed by a stunning lights show, SOHN provided a visual and audio delight.

Sadly he’s now embarking on a three month world tour but after last night, could it be worth a trip to Brooklyn next month?

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Maceo Plex – Conjure One EP

Maceo Plex has given us a sneak preview of a new release out on his Ellum label in May.

‘Conjure One’ EP features three tracks. ‘Conjure Drama’ feels like something you might hear out of the Innervisions stable: rich and emotive. At the other end of the scale, ‘Conjure Bass’ is all scatty synths and effects with a dark undercurrent. And ‘Conjure Balearia’ is a soaring synth-ride, almost Vangelis-esque, folding into a deep beat. Certainly interesting stuff from Maceo. It looks like this release will showcase a wide range of his production skills, and that can be no bad thing for a man who had a phenomenal 2013.

If you’re lucky, you’ll have snapped up one of the rare tickets for the Ellum Special featuring Maceo Plex at Factory 7 this Friday. He was bloody brilliant at Unknown last year, and his Boiler Room set from the Warehouse Project is a constant source of inspiration to the HD resident DJs.

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Mixes

Mixes, mixes everywhere. If you’re keen for a longer listen, here are some of our recent faves. There’s a hefty amount here so take your pick:

The fantastic Gilles Peterson plays tribute to Nelson Mandela in a special one off mix.

Second in the series, another mix from Tensnake that is jam packed with house stompers:

Seasons greetings from one of our faves US producers, Lane 8 – apparently to be enjoyed with a nice cup of tea, this one:

When Pete Tong met Eats Everything in this b2b mix celebrating 20 years at the Warehouse Project:

HD alumnus Clancy gives off vibes-a-plenty in this recent mix he did for Earmilk:

Two excellent uploads from Mixmag recently – an 80s disco and funk-inspired selection from Medlar and a relentlessly fun-filled ‘In Session’ by Grum:

Urulu sets one up for Brooklyn-based label Let’s Play House:

Vondelpark release a collection of unreleased demos for your listening pleasure:

And lastly, this is a lot of fun – Skream’s recent Boiler Room at the Bussey Building (great tee).

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CHVRCHES – Lies (Tourist Remix)

London via Brighton boy Tourist’s ‘Together’ comfortably found a place in our Top 5 tracks of October. It’s a stirring piece of electronica that we highly advise you check out, released in December on Disclosure’s own imprint Method Records.

Even though he’s been busy touring the USA of late, he’s managed to squeeze in a remix before his sold-out Warehouse Project appearance with Disclosure on 22/11. And we’re ever so grateful, it’s a total delight.

He strips CHVRCHES’ ‘Lies’ right down for the first couple of minutes, before gradually building up the tune with layer upon layer of percussion, piano and vocal loops. Using Lauren Mayberry’s vocal as the focus, he produces a quite remarkable slow-burning remix around it.

Tourist – Together

Disclosure’s very own Method Records imprint is recruiting quite the army of fresh talent to join their roster. Hot on the heels of the feisty release from Friend Within, is Brighton-based Tourist. He’s been making music for years under both the Tourist and Little Loud monikers. Chillwave and ambient would certainly be the go-to if we had to pigeon hole him.

However new track ‘Together’ sees him heading in a more upbeat direction. The vocal loops and synth crescendos make this return a dancefloor friendly one, and with an appearance at the Disclosure-curated Warehouse Project at the end of November, excitement to hear the rest of the Patterns EP is bubbling. It’s gonna be out December 2nd and this is an excellent taster.

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Disclosure – Help Me Lose My Mind (Paul Woolford Remix)

Woolie’s back again.

Having turned 2013 into his own piano-driven fiefdom, Paul Woolford took to the Radio 1 airwaves with Annie Mac last week to show off his latest ivory twinkling beauties. As we’re proud champions of the use of the piano in modern house music, we sat up and took notice, just in case you didn’t.

We’ve already doffed our cap to the stomping bass and soaring pianos of his George Fitzgerald ‘I Can Tell (By The Way You Move)’ re-edit. If you feel the same as us, pre-order it now from all good record distributors.

But then he only goes and surpasses that, with his atmospheric yet playful take on Disclosure’s ‘Help Me Lose My Mind’ featuring London Grammar. We love this and it’s coming soon on PMR Records.

Woolford has a stellar line up of dates between now and Crimbo, with the highlights being the closing party of his Sunday night residency at Space Ibiza, a couple of potential face-melters at London’s Fabric, and a 20th Anniversary celebration of The Essential Mix at The Warehouse Project. Big.

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WHP 12 MIX 013 – George Fitzgerald X RA

Stompin’ little mix here from George FitzGerald ahead of his début appearance this weekend at The Warehouse Project.

Featuring tracks from Shadow Child, Locked Groove, Dusky and of course a couple by the man himself, this is the perfect warm-up (for his appearance this weekend, of just for your normal, less good weekend).

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Bobby Womack – Love Is Gonna Lift You Up (Julio Bashmore Remix)

Fresh from his barnstorming set at Worldwide festival, not-even-up-and-coming-anymore Bristolian Julio Bashmore isn’t taking his eye off the ball and has released a very enjoyable remix of a new Bobby Womack track. Taken from Bobby’s new album‘Love Is Gonna Lift You Up’ expertly blends together Womack’s gravelly vocals with Bashmore’s signature stabbing beats and stand-out chord.

Julio’s got form in this area, as flagged up here, working with Javeon McCarthy on 2011’s superb ‘Father Father‘:

Not due for release anytime soon, ‘Love Is Gonna Lift You Up’ is just a taster for new projects from both of them. As for catching them live (separately, unfortunately), thankfully Bobby has now been given the all clear to tour so catch him in Kentish Town in November. Julio, amongst various foreign engagements, is on the bill for a truly special Warehouse Project in late September, someone’s had a good day at the office putting that line-up together…

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