German Brigante settled at no. 57 in Resident Advisors Most Charted Artists of 2013, and that’s pretty good, considering in the grand scheme of things there’s a shed load more artists competing for a place in the ranks. Brigante took over the second room at Sankeys on Saturday, and tore the place up whilst the first lady of DC10 Tania Vulcano took control of the headline slot in Sankeys' infamous basement, and left not a dry seat in the house.
Last weekend we were welcomed by a tolerable queue, and much more tolerant bouncers. So far, so good. We arrived at about 11:30, and the club was already filled with a healthy number of people. As we walked through the big double doors that familiar misty Sankeys air filled my nose and the jitters were rife amongst us. We were excited.
German by name but Spanish by nature: when Brigante took control in Spektrum, his groovy tech baselines accompanied by an overlay of ambient chords got us thinking about the summer. The famous light display stayed dim for the time being, but when the moment was right and the music was fierce, the crowed cooed at the palette of colours that glowed above us in time to Brigantes deeper and bassier rendition of his well-known track Games.
Downstairs in the basement Tania Vulcano was mixing a potion of jagged tech and house. The night was less busy than would be expected for such a quality booking, however the upside of this being there was more room to dance. Me and my friends thrived in this luxury. Vulcano read the crowd well: the hypnotic and repetitive techy tones that are more suitable for a room of partiers who only have room to sway were replaced by an up-tempo set of techy quirks that gave an opportunity for the whole club to throw it down. As the impeccable Teflon was dropped the crowd pulled faces and threw shapes that confirmed their approval of the music.
The music stayed strong until closing hour, with the trusty MVSON residents taking care of proceedings through 'til 6am. As we near the summer, this was a true taste of Ibiza. Roll on May...
Review by Chloe Jones
Images courtesy of Gemma Parker Photography