Since getting into house music, mono_cult’s NYD party has been somewhat of a tradition and thankfully this year was no different. The lineup boasted several names I had been trying to see out for some time (Bicep, Henrik Schwarz, Jackmaster and Krystal Klear to be precise) and after enjoying a chilled one on New Years Eve we were all raring to go.
We headed down to The Fav around 7pm so as to catch the start of Jackmaster’s Tweak-A-Holic set. When we arrived we made our way through the conservatory and chill out area and down a winding marquee tunnel which opened out into the newly located ‘Boogie Tent’. As we found our spot up the front, Tom Grainger was rounding off his warm up set with a favourite of mine, Alan Braxe and Fred Falke - Into. It was actually the first time I’d heard it out and it was a great first track to the night.
Although the room wasn’t full when Jackmaster came to the decks, there was a healthy number of punters there to keep the vibes up until the room filled up about 45 minutes into the set. The scottish master selector took us on a light hearted tour of classic tracks like Chaka Kahn’s Aint No Nobody and Chic’s Lost In Music, mixed in cheekily with some serious guilty pleasures, Michael Sembello’s She’s A Manic comes to mind! And more recent house related selections including, Todd Terje - Inspector Norse and the Joe Goddard remix of Nneka’s Shining Star. All in all it was a perfect kick off to the night getting everybody, who made the choice to check it out, well and truly in the party mood.
We proceeded to follow Jackmaster into the main room to check out his second set of the evening. As expected, the Numbers man upped the tempo and intensity, taking it deeper to great affect with a seamless selection of rolling house and techno. For me, that was the clear shift from day to night.
As Jack Revill, AKA Jackmaster, began to draw his set to a close, those who’d been checking out the 3 other rooms started flocking to the main room. Henrik Schwarz was about to begin his relatively short (when compared with DJ set lengths) 1 hour live set and everyone wanted the full piece. He didn’t disappoint, feeding off the energy of the crowd and sensing incredibly when to reign in the intensity to set up another (strangely euphoric at times) crescendo. The highlight for me being when he dropped his edit of his collaboration with Kuniyuki, Once Again.
Next up in the main room was Krystal Klear, who eased the tempo slightly into a nice couple of hours of good vibes and groove lead house. Tunes etched in my memory come the end of the night were Kerri Chandler’s In My System, MK’s 90s hit Love Changes, the classic Push The Feeling On and a curveball (or not so, if you’ve checked out his Boiler Room set); Destiny’s Child - Loose My Breath.
Before we knew it, 4am had rolled round and we headed back to the main room for Bicep’s closing set and although flagging slightly from the 9 hours that had preceded, this was the booking I had been most excited about and we proceeded to get right back in it. Upping the tempo, the Irish duo belted out their signature bouncy 90s inspired house sound, the perfect remedy for those complaining of tired legs (myself included). As the night drew to a close, the lads finished off with Byron Stingly’s classic, Get Up Everybody, to a rapturous response, kicking off 2013 in great fashion.
Review by Alex Ogilvie
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