After a relatively dry January, we couldn’t resist the lure of King’s Cross to experience the Mobilee Records showcase at Egg London. The Berlin outfit collaborating with London Warehouse Events to provide a night of inescapable and desirous sounds. The area of King’s Cross has seen many changes in recent years but still remains a great place to party. Egg London’s based a short distance from the station and features five main areas spread across three floors with a great outdoor space. The label was launched in 2005, boasting a sound based on the structures of house and techno that continues to innovate and adapt whilst remaining true to their roots. With so many of the label artist playing at Egg London it was guaranteed to be a night of exquisite music.
Arriving at the venue, we were soon inside and transported to a winter ski lodge. The Garden being the standout feature at the club, having recently been transformed for the festive season. We had some drinks and then headed upstairs to where The Willers Brothers were warming up the Terrace. Sean and Liam Willers have quickly established themselves since becoming residents at Egg London. They have a remix for David Glass coming out soon, have two tracks coming out on Natura Viva and are just finishing an EP for Downhill Music. The Terrace was already busy, the brothers combining to produce an energetic sound that set the tempo for the rest of the night. G-Rom’s Something in the Air (Jef K & Alex Murak Remix) proving to be a big track for them on the dancefloor at the moment.
Taking over in the Terrace, William Kouam Djoko has become a regular on the Mobilee Records tour and his opening track oozed theatrics. Being from the Dutch scene, his set was full of energy and the London clubbers responded to that with the same amount of enthusiasm. Heading downstairs to the Ground Floor, Ranacat was the selector on the decks and he provided a sound heavily influenced by futuristic sounds from Detroit and the freshness of Chicago. We spent the majority of the next few hours between the Loft and the Ground Floor, unlike many of the clubs I’ve been to in London, the crowd were friendly and eager to share their thoughts on the night. From house to techno, every one of the label artists had their particular style and it made for a much richer experience. Tracks like Cajmere – Feelin’ Kinda High and Sidney Charles' Hustler Stomp both receiving great feedback from the London crowd.
Lee Van Dowski was next on the Ground Floor, his soulful brand of techno, imbued with a real swing proving to be the highlight of the night. The Frenchman’s latest release - 050504 injecting so much energy into the dancefloor. The track’s currently proving to be a success in the charts, becoming the best Mobilee track released for some time, including Anja Schneider’s 2014 releases. From melodic and tribal to tracks with a pulverising bassline, his track selection raised the tempo. Other tracks that were popular included Olivier Giacomotto - Bipolar Star and Sonny Fodera - People Forget. We really enjoyed his set and stayed for the duration, heading briefly upstairs to the Terrace to experience the live set from Rodriguez Jr. His productions incorporating elements from house and techno, although I wish that he had been on longer to have fully experienced his eclectic sampling of multiple genres. Following on from Rodriguez Jr. in the Terrace was Ralf Kollman, who alongside Anja Schneider is the figurehead of the Mobilee Records label. The dancefloor still displaying the same level of enthusiasm as if it was the start of the night. Heading back to the Ground Floor, Ray Okpara taking over from Lee van Dowski, straight in with the stalwart bassline that defined the room all night. Great atmosphere that was consistent across all five rooms, with a crowd equally up for a party. With the label coming into their tenth year, this is sure to be the beginning of many celebrations.
Review by Joe Dawson
Images courtesy of Giacomo Tonoli