As Kaluki, the Manchester record label, are standing 7 years strong this year, it made perfect sense to host their anniversary party in the town where it all began. Appearances from Darius Syrossian, Miguel Campbell, DJ Sneak, Richy Ahmed, wAFF, Davide Squillace and Alexis Raphael mean it is needless to say that the renowned Manchester venue is purely centred around cleverly sculpted music synced with carefree dancing and not much else.
Darius Syrossians’ previous Sankeys residency (which he promises to resume when the club reopens), alongside his recent solo, sold-out event at South night club, and the title of his track named Manchester, are factors which make the relationship between Darius and this city seem so loyal. Therefore, even with his early 9PM set, it’s needless to say that I was stood amongst a room of eager revellers who were there to support him from the beginning to the end of his set. When the well-known favourite Whose the Douche got dropped, the tangle of clubbers in front of me appeared to show their appreciation by dancing with an even stronger surge of enthusiasm. He unforgettably raised the roof, curating an ongoing buzz that lingered all night thanks to his starting set.
Miguel Campbell continued the party vibes by bringing the funk from his fingers. His set began with an intense array of beeps and clicks before tethering into a consistent flow of harmonious deep house. Tracks like Something Special brought a summery ambience into the room, so much so that I could almost feel the golden Ibizan sand between my toes. The Hot Creations star subtly yet successfully wove tasteful 70’s and 80’s funk into some of the masterpieces he played, resulting in an applause from the crowd as he finished.
Richy Ahmed unsurprisingly tore up Manchester with ease. He is praised by the likes of Jamie Jones, Damian Lazarus and Seth Troxler: it’s safe to say he is a highly respected DJ and producer. One of his currently tracks doing the round, The Drums, which has focus around a steady hi-hat seemed to elevate the building as Richy let it bleed from the speakers.
Disappointingly The Warehouse Project season is coming to an end and there have been announcements that there is no promise of a full season to come next winter. There’s little hope that any other event will live up to the standards set by the successful team of party throwers at The Warehouse Project, but if somewhere is found that is even half as good, I’ll be satisfied.
Review by Chloe Jones
Image courtesy of Gemma Parker