The Warehouse Project - Curated by Jon Hopkins & Jamie XX
Friday 12th December
Store Street, Manchester
Bringing together some of the most unique talents from around Europe, the Warehouse Project left it up to musical genius’ Jon Hopkins and Jamie XX to create last weekend’s immense Line up. On top of their own presence, the pair had chosen a variety of talent that have proven to be the best in producing the newest of sounds. This array of cutting edge dance producers included acts like Modeselektor, Jon Talbot and Pangea, a versatile line up to say the least and certainly not to be missed. Having both pursued their musical careers to the top, Jamie XX and Jon Hopkins proved themselves to the WHP crowd as they took to the stage, as well as displaying a real knack for forward thinking curation.
With a musical menu that catered for all sorts, a constant buzz was created throughout rooms 1 and 2 as both stages had a lot to offer. Initially entering room 1, the sounds of progressive house had the crowd in high spirits, as the pulsating basslines rattled bodies below the decks. DJ Greg Lord brought that instant buzz to the room upon entry, setting the stage for later excitement.
Emanating some brand new sounds, the B2B performance from Tasker and Jon Rusk proved to be worthwhile in room 2 as the atmosphere here seemed to be extremely upbeat and enjoyable. This was definitely reflected by the funky house music incorporating jazz instrumentals, putting a positive turn on everyone’s night. The broken up beats often drifted into epic saxophone solos that left the crowd satisfied and ready for more. One Track to check out Lil Louis & World - I Called U (The conversation) a real ear pleaser, especially if you wanted to get away from more analogue driven beats.
On the flip side we had legend Jon Hopkins making his mark on room 1 as he bestowed the power of his live performance to all those present. Combining ambient music with hard hitting techno, it’s easy to see how this performer has made it to the top by exploiting his individual talents. Using several Kaoss pads to create his live show, we saw Hopkins using a series of loops, samples and glitches to make his sounds so unique. Instantly recognisable tracks were played, such as Open Eye Signal, as Jon pulsed through the set gaining maximum positive responses from the crowd. He certainly proved to everyone why he was headlining the main room and seemed extremely happy to be doing so. Hopkins kept the crowd’s energy on full from start to finish.
Jamie XX’s latest release, All Under One Roof Raving certainly had some clear influence on the musical performances he chose for the night. Fusing different genres together he prides himself on bringing crowds the experience of all types of new and old music. This makes it clear why Berlin’s very own Modeselktor were chosen to perform on the bill. Originally performing a DJ set the German duo brought an unexpected live performance to the people of Store Street. This was an instant game changer. Constantly bouncing to the energy of the room the pair certainly brought a flavour of that berlin style to Manchester. Supplying an electric atmosphere to the main room, the boys gave of a high drive performance which included many recognisable tracks of their own such as Black Block and Berlin. Closing with the tune Bad Kingdom, from their Moderat, side-project, the crowd were left singing to a track known and loved by many. A perfect way to end a show, leaving Store Street in unison and on that high that everyone initially came for.
Words by Jimmy Caldwell
Images courtesy of Gary Brown Multimedia