Between The Beats: Motor City Drum Ensemble (by Resident Advisor)
What a journey it has been for this burgeoning team. From their early days at EGG, to their first ever warehouse party, it has been a whirlwind of fantastic events that has created the excellent reputation that rhythmatic has today.
Back in 2009 they hosted an event at Hewett Street Car Park. Bringing to London, for the first time ever, two artists who are defining house music; Matthias Tanzmann and Davide Squillace. The pair played back to back to a rapturous crowd creating a benchmark for future parties.
Since their move from clubs into the warehouse scene they have put on many events and played host to a plethora of international DJ’s including Marco Carola (first ever appearance at a London Warehouse), Father and Sons, Rhadoo, Luca Bachetti, Promiesku (UK Debut) and on the 19th October, rhythmatic will be curating their biggest event to date! Bringing together for the first time in the capital, two very diverse artists to celebrate their 6th Anniversary.
19th October 2013 // 10PM – 6AM
@ TBA East Location
The 1st headliner making a debut appearance for rhythmatic, is Moritz von Oswald. Half of both Basic Channel and Maurizio, he has become one of the most influential producers of techno music in the 1990s, bringing his rhythms and sounds from Berlin.
The 2nd headliner is already part of the long list of great artists that have appeared at rhythmatic; Petre Inspirescu, who has long been a prolific figure alongside his frequent accomplices Rhadoo and Raresh. His DJ sets are as sonically baffling as they are irresistibly groovy; as a producer, his tracks are as unhinged as they are methodical. He equally owns the label [a:rpia:r], with Rhadoo and Raresh.
The rhythmatic duo can proudly say that this will be the ONLY warehouse appearance for both artists in London this year!
I strongly suggest that get your tickets sooner rather than later if you would like to be part of this amazing journey…
You can purchase your tickets here.
So, Tumblr was down yesterday up until two minutes ago which stopped me being able to do my weekend top picks…sorry! I can however now give you a few little tips on what to do with your bank holiday weekend.
The first heads up is a free boat party today which is where we are off to…
Check out their mix here:
Sunk - Day/Night Boat Party with Jaime Read, Jade Seatle and Residents at Tamesis Dock
Tamesis Dock/Albert Embankment, London SE17TP
3pm till 1am
£ Free until 8pm then £5
60 minutes of electronic funk from XDB. Currently belting out of my speakers right now!
The 22nd June took us to Birmingham for the launch of new party ‘Collective Minds’ held at Brum’s premium party venue ‘Spotlight’.
“Collective Minds is a collaboration between Carl_H (Northern Purpose) and myself James Swinburne (Cloak N Dagger/rhythm factory). The idea behind the event is to showcase some of the UK’s best underground house/techno DJs alongside one of the industry’s most respected international names. The concept was developed from a lack of UK based parties that catered for our music and the sounds we wanted to listen to. We have both been friends for some time. Carl playing the first ever Cloak N Dagger event about 3.5 years ago. We met some great people from all over the UK and wanted to bring these people together and Birmingham seemed a good location as it was pretty central to all the major cities and Spotlight was the perfect venue with an intimate capacity of around 300 people and an excellent outside space”
We set off on an early train getting us into Birmingham around 2pm as the first part of the event was a daytime record fair and the boys were anxious to get first dibs!
Anticipation and excitement built on route to the venue – it’s not often we make tracks to head out of London as there are just so many great parties within our super city but we made an exception for this one as with such a quality lineup it wasn’t one to missed and let me tell you, we didn’t regret it!
Not too far out of the hustle and bustle of the town centre ‘Spotlight’ is located under the railway arches of Digbeth, close to the ‘Custard Factory’ and the old ‘Air’ nightclub on Lower Trinity Street. The exterior of the venue is deceiving, reminding me of an old industrial storage unit. Inside it opens up into a really large, beautiful space. Despite retaining quite a gritty feel to its interior the venue has some funky touches to its décor. Whilst being quite understated it also has some really quirky features like a huge neon star above the DJ booth along with some great vintage furniture including large wooden ottoman’s being used at tables in the seating area. I was also pleasantly surprised by the well-stocked bar, which continued throughout the day and into the night. The staff in the venue were all very welcoming and friendly with no dramas whatsoever.
Tom Craven kicked the day off indoors for the record sale part of the event. Things started off quite mellow with a little mooch around and listening to the wax that was up for grabs – some of the DJs that played are also producers and each had bought a stack of their own collection and also some new releases from their labels.
“We also didn’t want our event to run as your regular night time party, this is why we started the event at 2pm, this gave us the flexibility to add more artist to our line ups giving party goers a great variation of music throughout the day, whilst still focusing on the more underground sounds of house and techno. These opening hours also allowed us to put on a record fair giving record collectors the unique opportunity to purchase records old and new from some of the DJs on the day.
We also got in some amazing street food stalls just to keep people fueled for the dance floor”- Carl Hardy
The weather was particularly grim but this didn’t stop us heading outside for a little boogie where Brendan Clark (also of Northern Purpose) took to the decks providing us with some deep, sexy tunes, which really got us in the mood for the night ahead. One particular track that stood out for me was Our Own Organization – ‘We live this life’ from The Inner Circle EP.
Whilst Brendan was playing outside Ben Boe had taken over the decks indoors, we moved in and by now the atmosphere was really picking up. Ben got us all dancing his with his soulful, piano-infused house, which got everyone into the zone and created a buzz about the crowd. Ben’s music is heavily inspired by the NYC sound, which I’m a huge fan of so his set went down a treat!
Leif and Joe Ellis then continued with the melodic vibes but stepping it up a little. As always the boys played to perfection and Leif even dropped one of my favourite tracks of the moment - Yuri Shulgin’s ‘Beluga’.
Carl_H then took over with some rolling, up front house that had a real groove to it and the room felt electric. He went in really deep towards the end of the set throwing in a bit of acid for good measure. I have to say Carl had me fist pumping throughout.
Fred P played some top quality tunes as always but I felt compared to the other DJs he didn’t take me on as much of a journey. He played quite a raw, hard set, which was followed nicely with Ethyl and Flori taking the sounds into a more tech house direction continuing with a harder edge as the night came to an end.
Johnny Ab Stract and Rick Nicholls (Bohemian Grove residents) closed with an absolutely seamless eclectic set and finished the party on such a high! They played a mixture of house, disco, techno, 80’s electro and funk and kept it flowing perfectly. These guys are so talented and for me their set was the highlight of the whole day, they smashed it!
There is so much to be said for the nightlife in Birmingham, these gents definitely know how to through a good party, the crowd was so friendly and everyone was there specifically for the quality music. It was definitely worth the trip and will be one of many.
Keep your ears to the ground for the next Collective Minds, but in the meantime the venue is still pushing excellent DJs and next up this weekend on Saturday 20th July is ‘rhythm factory presents BLM’ and that’s definitely where I’ll be, don’t miss it!