The Warehouse Project - Resident Advisor
Saturday 1st November 2014
Store Street, Manchester
The purest of techno and house sounds took over Store Street on the 1st November as big names like Nina Kraviz, Joy Orbison and Moodyman provided the soundtrack. Starting at 6pm and ending at 5am everyone attending knew they were up for a big night displaying the finest in fist pumping dance music. All this combined creating WHP14’s first Day and Night event, and I couldn’t wait to be part of it.
Heading off to the Venue at around 9:30 I was eager to catch a good hour of the Hessle Audio boys in action. Performing a three way back to back, the young talents definitely pulled off what can only be described as a mind blowing set. Entering room 1 shortly after they started, it was easy to tell that the Hessle boys had the crowd eating from their hands as a vast array of heavy beats blead from the speakers. Having previously seen the trio perform on a Dimensions Festival Boat party in Croatia I knew they were not to be missed on this night. Flipping records and spinning CDSs the boys alternated in getting the crowd excited and showing off their mixing skills. About an hour into the set, the music took a heavy turn with the squelchy acid synths piercing the speakers and more industrial rhythms being distributed to the listeners. Huge recent tracks like Kamikaze Space Program’s Network Rail were played from their must check out latest EP Concrete Musique. Hessle definitely brought the heat, and started the RA night with an unforgettable bang.
Although his set originally billed 3 hour set was cut short, we still had 2 hours to revel in the glory of top producer and DJ Moodyman. Playing a selection of songs from all genres it’s clear that if he likes it, he will play it. Getting on the mic himself, he hyped up the crowd and let everyone feel like it was their birthday that night. His energy on stage had such an impact that everyone in the room wanted to groove with Moodyman. Going back to old school records as old as 1971, he even let the audience in on the fact that these were his mum’s records that he used to listen to as a kid.
So, after a few hours had past we decided to re-enter room 1 where a flood of people were bobbing and grooving to the sounds of Joy Orbison. Blinded by rows upon rows of flashing LED lights a dark figure took centre stage throwing down the pulsating beats that had the crowd at their maximum dancing capacity. Every time I have seen Joy O he always delivers and brings something new and unexpected to the show. Blending hard techno with a hint of Garage, he definitely impressed this crowd at WHP with his flawless mixing skills and his staggering song choices. It was a set that stayed fresh in the mind after the show and hyped people up perfectly for the main head lining acts.
Left to play was Jackmaster in room 2 and Nina Kravis in room 1. Harmonising with her fans, Nina grooved to the sound of her music getting the best possible reaction to her set. The Russian techno DJ has stuck to her roots from day one and demonstrated the best in house, techno and acid. Certainly a memorable set to end the day and night session and I was left with aching legs and a sore back, all the signs that WHP14 pulled off yet another outstanding night.
Words by Jimmy Caldwell
Images courtesy of Gemma Parker Photography