The Warehouse Project - Modeselektion
Friday 11th October
Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
After attending last year's Warehouse Project several times I couldn’t wait to get involved once again. The lineups have been outstanding as always and have brought a wide variety of music to Manchester each night. Modeselektion returned to The Warehouse Project, with an exclusive live headline set from Modeselektor and featured the likes of LFO, Scuba, Sbtrkt, Dusky and George Fitzgerald.
The atmosphere on arrival radiated excitement; the sound of LFO in room 1 was enticing us in. The rare appearance of LFO was a brilliant start to my night, something I had never experienced before. Originally the duo of Gez Varley and Mark Bell, LFO is one of the UK's most influential electronic models, and a constant presence on Warp Records since the early '90s. These days Bell carries the LFO banner on his own, with a powerful set for WHP of old and new infused trance with insane LED visuals behind him, leaving much of the crowd in ore. LFO – LFO was an iconic moment, hearing the classic track live and feeling the deep bass through our feet encouraged an almighty cheer.
Scuba was a must watch for me. Paul Rose’s style has been defined widely within the realm of electronic dance music and his set showed his ability to incorporate his once dark dubstep sounds with the shift towards looser house and techno releases. His own tracks Adrenaline and Ne1butu combined with the impressive lighting illuminated the warehouse; with the melodic strains it was euphoric.
The electronic production team of Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary formed Modeselektor in Berlin, in 1989. Their music has been described as ‘boundary breaking’ and I can say so myself it is far from the ordinary. However, the absurd blends of techno, lyrical and heavy bass sounds manage to capture the mass’s heartbeats on the dance floor. Through out the set, timeless releases were played by the duo such as Blue Clouds, Evil Twin, Grillwalker and Shipwreck ft. Thom Yorke. My ultimate favourite will always be Berlin, with the smooth deep bassline, bent chords and jagged sounds contrasting to the melodic voice of Miss Platnum. Listening to that track flow through the sound system at Warehouse Project will always be a beautiful memory.
SBTRKT took over Room 1 at 2:50 altering the atmosphere significantly. Well-known sounds of Right Thing To Do Ft. Jessie Ware and Hold on ft. Sampha seemed to go down well with the crowd but it will be Modeselektor that stick in my memory for some time to come.
Review by Becky Stringer
Images courtesy of Seb Matthes