On the final friday of November the illusive We Love brand returned to Control for their second event at the venue, with none other than Groove Armada topping the bill, alongside James Zabiela and Gorgon City.
As we left the icy outside and made our way into the foyer we noticed that the Geodome wasn’t open, none of our spirits were dampened too much at this sight as our personal tastes favour the two storey main room a little more, however this won’t have been the case with everyone.
When the pitch black entrance tunnel opened up to the rear of the laser laden dance floor Gorgon City were on first, taking things steady for most of their time behind the decks. On occasion the heat would be turned up a notch with one memorable moment being a very pleasant sounding acid house number which rapidly picked up the pace, and resulted in a hefty number of hands in the air.
As we made our way outside for a breather, our journey was halted as we heard the ever recognisable mid-pitch vocoded ‘so how does that funk feel’ echo through the corridor we were in, signifying the entrance of Groove Armada. There was no contemplating missing the beginning of their set so back in we went and budged our way to the front to watch the two men at work. This was the first time I was seeing the duo play and I wasn’t really sure what to expect, however I was fairly certain it would be a mix of their more well known commercial production, which nevertheless I was excitedly looking forward to. What they delivered was in fact something that impressed me even more. Sure, the commercialism was dotted around here and there which was pleasant, but they also demonstrated their versatility and showed us their underground tastes. This suited playing to the crowd very well, as it seemed to be a fairly even mix of those who loved a sing-a-long as well as the fans who’d rather get lost in trippy tech. Nina Kraviz’s Ghetto Kraviz and a couple of picks from their Hypercolour releases combined with the more popular anthems like Sweat and their reconstruction of Chicken Lips’ He Not In were received really well, and it was a performance that I was glad I’d caught. To make it that little bit more interesting, there was even the introduction of several giant yellow smiley faced bouncing balloons in true We Love fassion. The atmosphere was great, reflecting the true Groove Armada style.
As they left the stage to be replaced by James Zabiela making an entrance, I was once again in high anticipation to see another act who I’ve neglected to see before this day. Many will know his reputation for his combination of playing great music with giving it extra life with his drum machines, controllers and even iPad’s. He sustained a techy, powerful style throughout and looked like he was having a great time which rubbed off on us all. Watching his hair flying around and seeing his hands raising the controllers for the crowd to see during musical climax was a great prospect.
This polished off what was the best night I’d had at the club since it’s opening. The combination of the well sought after Ibiza brand and the in-the-know heads behind the already successful super club results in a strong team, and it’s one I hope comes back for a third helping.
Review by Josh Plews
Images courtesy of Justin Gardner