In a matter of weeks, Transmission will be taking hold of Manchester; the new events series that has just announced a huge running of shows, welcoming some of the best DJing talent from around the world. With a grand total of 18 shows will be taking place throughout the 5 months Transmission at The Albert Hall, we have chosen our top 5 acts to see across the board.
In the world of first-rate house and techno, the Chilean wizard Ricardo Villalobos is amongst the most talented DJs in the world. Known foremost for his experimental yet exciting music selection, seconded by his flamboyant, hedonistic performances, Villalobos is a pleasure to watch. As a producer he has fabricated some of the most extravagant and out there tracks we have heard, whether it be the brand new 32 minute long remix of DJ Pierre’s classic ‘What Is House Muzik’ or his beat less and frankly frightening collaboration with Butch titled ‘Up’. During his DJ sets he progresses though minimal, bass heavy beats right through to intense techno climaxes that will have you clutching at your bottle of water like there’s no tomorrow. You can catch Ricardo playing at The Warehouse Project and Zutekh Presents on Friday the 6th of March.
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Masters At Work
Louie Vega and Kenny Dope together are Masters At Work, one of the tightest house music duos in the business, with a combined musical knowledge that spans decades back into the genres culture. Holding home in New York, Masters At Work have, over the period they have worked together, amassed a huge discography of remixes, original tracks and side projects, as well as winning ‘Outstanding Contribution’ awards on 2 occasions. Their style is centred around that all important groove, yet it can encapsulate so many styles, with everything from disco to Latin and African and jazz appearing between breaks and beats. The pair will be taking to Manchester on Saturday the 4th of April when Transmission will be welcoming Defected In The House for their nightlong knees up.
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Carl Cox is a true legend in the world of house and techno, as he has played an integral part in many of the most important events during the maturity of house music and its culture. Having played at the opening night of Danny Rampling’s ‘Shoom’, as well as being a resident at Brighton’s ZAP Club and being the first to try mixing with 3 decks, earning him the title ‘The 3 deck wizard’, Carl Cox has an avid knowledge of all things electronic. Now spearheading a weekly residency at Space Ibiza that is considered one of the hottest parties on the island, Carl is keeping his tastes fresh whilst remembering all the essential ingredients for concocting the best party atmosphere. Expect high-octane beats and plenty of his trademark “Oh yes, oh yes” to be filling your ears at Carl Cox and Friends on Friday the 3rd of April.
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Taking a turn for the harder stuff, Adam Beyer is the head honcho of the enigmatic techno label Drumcode, which has earned a status as one of the most forward thinking platforms for the Detroit originating genre than packs a punch and throws you into its groove. Aside from the plethora of high profile label releases, Adam’s skills as a DJ are second to none, and he uses these to manipulate the crowd into pits of darkness before unloading awesome crescendos that will leave you shaking. If you’re a fan of percussive, hard, loop driven music, this will be the one for you, so make sure you’re there on Friday the 30th of January for his Drumcode takeover.
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Finally we have Andy C, the undisputed don of drum & bass whose records label RAM Records has pile driven its way to the forefront of the genre, now boasting many of drum & bass’ biggest names on its roster. Known for playing with non stop energy and revered for his all night long sets that have torn up venues down south he is an iconic figure in the genres evolution. On Saturday the 14th of March, The Albert Hall in Manchester will get a taste of his skill as he is due to play an all night long performance as one of Transmissions later events in the schedule.
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Words by Josh Plews
Images courtesy of Jack Kirwin, Ricardo Villalobos, djmagitalia, Carl Cox, Adam Beyer and Andy C.
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