The Warehouse Project - Curated by Caribou & Four Tet
Friday 31st October 2014
Store Street, Manchester
#returntostorestreet. (A phase that has been bounced around every major social site for the past few months). Curated by Four Tet and Caribou the Warehouse project produced another outstanding sold out show.
Entering the venue at around 10 we took in the new ambiance of Store Street. Nostalgia overwhelmed me entering room 1 as this was where my real underground music experience had started. Looking around, familiarising myself with the surroundings you couldn’t help but notice the rows of guys and ghouls (it was fancy dress after all) dancing to the sounds of the Now wave DJs. I definitely didn’t feel out of place wearing my white poncho and fairy lights round my neck.
After listening to a few opening acts we prepared ourselves for what I personally was looking forward to the most. At 23:40 Caribou took to the main stage as everyone waited in anticipation for what they had to offer. Opening with the track Our Love from their latest album the crowd were instantly uplifted and taken to a better place as the whole dynamic of the room changed. Seeing a powerful band perform like this in such a unique venue is solid proof that a live performance has a greater ability to impact on a crowd than a DJ set. It was so refreshing to have such an exceptional raw talent taking to the WHP stage and for it to receive such a good response. Receiving a Doctorate in mathematics in 2005 it’s easy to guess that “Daniel Snaith” Caribou’s front man aka Daphni channels his intellectual skills through the music that he produces. He has previously said “If the new sounds date in five or ten years then that’s fine. I just want it to sound like it comes from where music is right now”. It’s safe to say this has already been achieved with already huge tracks like Can’t do without you.
Although their latest album was leaked, I had a chance to speak to Dan about his thoughts on this. He replied “these things happen, I’m just glad the album has already got a good response”. The whole performance delivered and the crowd was constantly taken on a high as Caribou put together a great show.
After an hour had past Caribou’s performance had finished and I decided I was ready for a change of scene and headed into room 2 to enjoy the mixing skills of up and coming DJ Anthony Naples. Originally from Miami, Naples has worked his way into the music scene over the past years with supports from the likes of Four Tet. It was only a matter of time before this young talent was discovered and people started to take notice. On entering the room, I was instantly blasted with intense analogue beats. Recognising a track from the world renowned TRAXX record label by Sleezy D and an instant connection was made when I found myself lost in a mass of people being taken further and further in by the music. He continued with his upbeat rhythms and finished with a back to back mix with DJ champion keeping the crowd electric throughout.
After a small beverage break and a 10 minute sit down to let the past 4 hours sink in we wondered back to room 2 to watch the legend that is Four Tet. After listening to his 2 hour rinse FM mix from the night before everyone was feeling energised and ready to dance. Once described to me as “the sample king” he played some of his well-known tracks like Pyramid which when stripped back actually captures the voice of Jennifer Lopez singing hit “Ain’t it funny". His talent for these techniques certainly shone through the set as he played an array of different genres to keep the crowd on their toes at all times.
What’s a better way to end a night with the latest sounds of techno from DJ Carl Craig. With such a vast array of music being played throughout the night Carl’s energetic set left the WHP crowd feeling fulfilled. Every song transaction was next to perfect and people where immediately locked in and taken on that last ride of the night. Playing instantly recognisable classics such as Floating Points - Sparkling controversy that came out a dubbed out remix of one of his old tunes from his Shadow EP, the dusted drums and effervescent keys gave out a truly uplifting vibe. Carl Craig really out did himself on this one and proved to everyone that his song selection and technical ability keep him head and shoulders above the norm.
The thrill of WHP’s return to store street was an excitement in itself, needless to say that as usual the team and line up for this event brought the party.
Words by Jimmy Caldwell
Images courtesy of The Warehouse Project