Drop The Mustard and Kaluki present MK, Hot Since 82, Huxley & More
Friday 28th February
The Albert Hall, Manchester
Since his number one single last year, MK has climbed way right back to the top of a scene that he helped to carve out in the early to mid 90’s. He took a break for a while and found himself as the in house producer for Will Smith (not a bad way to spend your time). Working on remixes for the likes of Disclosure, Wankelmut and Hot Natured to name but a few, he has become a household name once again.
Warming things up at the Albert Hall was Leeds based producer Hot Since 82. Fresh from having his latest track The End featured as Pete Tonge’s essential new tune, he blasted his way though an obviously very selective set, involing the crowd at any available opportunity. Seismic techno, deft house numbers and everything else you could imagine was trawled through and provided an astute start to proceedings.
Playing in the smaller surroundings of room two were Huxley and Ejeca who gave performances that warranted an appearance in the surreal surroundings of the main room. Coming on at around 2am, MK and his early 90’s piano influences were given a full outing.
For someone who was almost in a music induced coma for 12 years and didn’t release anything, to find your way back into the scene and slot so comfortably back in, is obviously down to the sound that is currently king. Hi-hats and snares mixed with lengthy transitions between tracks gave the crowd time to get themselves ready for steady drops.
Perhaps more of a producer than a DJ, he gave a performance that was credible enough to grace such an immense venue as the Albert Hall. All the remixes were given an airing and there was even space for songs from Dusky and Moderat. Finishing his set with a blast of confetti, it was on to Afterlife to continue the party until 7am where Huxley was doing his thing. The Albert Hall continues to impress as Manchester’s premier new venue and with MK also announced to play Parklife, it will mean that he is in line to bring Friday’s vibes back to the (hopefully) sunkissed surroundings of Heaton Park, in June.
Review by Joe Lanigan Smith
Images courtesy of Gemma Parker