Last weekend saw Zutekh take on their very first warehouse party, in collaboration with the mighty Warehouse Project. The lineup boasted some of the finest underground house and techno producers/DJs from all across the globe and the fact that the event did not sell out in advance still baffles me. That being said, there was more than enough people to create an energetic atmosphere and I can safely say that the crowd was easily the best I have seen at The Warehouse Project this year. All smiles, all there for the right reasons and ALL having fun.
Arriving at the venue, we just missed the end of Daniel ‘Quixano’ Henriques’ (Zutekh) warm up set, although according to the following DJ; Levon Vincent, he’d done a stellar job. High praise indeed. Heading into Victoria Warehouse’s third room we were met by a packed room and the sounds of Last Magpie rolling out of the system. The vibes were incredible considering we were only an hour into the night and Craig McNamara (Last Magpie)’s deep rolling grooves were getting a great reaction.
Next up, was the main event and without a doubt, the highlight of the night. Prior to last weekend my knowledge of the French trio, dOP was limited but from the hype surrounding the booking I expected big things and as it turned out... they did not disappoint. Live vocals and a stack of hardware blended perfectly for an hour of pure genius. Vocalist (and showman), Jonathan Illel had the crowd in the palm of his hand from the word go as he layered silky vocals over some seriously pumping, grooving underground sounds. All the while keeping the crowd fully entertained and even treating those who’d committed to a front row spot with a few swigs of vodka.
Later into the night, Shaun Reeves made his way through a tough, driving selection, leading nicely into Dinky’s set which picked up where the Visionquest man left off, before moulding into a slightly more housey tip (such is her ability as a DJ). Also worth a mention were Dinky’s beautiful vocals; a great live addition to what was expected from Chile’s top lady of the underground.
Rounding off the night in room 2 it was something of a family affair with Zutekh resident, Adam Shelton and Zutekh favourite, Bloody Mary (making her third appearance for the brand) going b2b till the close.
There had been no official after parties for the three previous WHP Events collaborative nights over the past couple of weeks, but as ever, the Zutekh guys had sorted a great afters as Afterlife returned to South Nightclub. An impressive contingent of guests joined in the afters, including Jackmaster, Krystal Klear and dOP, as the party went on right into the wee hours.
Another quality installment from Zutekh.
Next up, Zutekh return to the Sound Control basement with Thugfucker (Life And Death, NYC) and Matt Tolfrey (Leftroom).
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