In the modern era of electronic music and club culture, it’s common to see nights rely solely on headline acts to sell tickets. Back To Basics however, has always defined itself by realising the importance of giving a platform to nurture the finest local talent. The success of this approach is evident in the quality of its resident DJs, and that’s exactly what this night was all about.
The March edition of Back To Basics kicked off with a fine selection of deep n’ techy House from new residents Josh Plews & Aiden Konrad, a.k.a The Gas House Kids. Although I have seen these two on finer form, they still skilfully strung together a varied selection of tracks. The boundaries of a decent warm up set weren’t overstepped once, something of a rare occurrence these days.
Next up was James Holroyd, considered to be “part of the furniture” at Basics. Slowly moving proceedings into more of a tech / acid house vibe, the set showcased a modern vision of an old-school vibe that paved the way nicely for the next DJ to move firmly into 5th gear territory.
Right from the start of the next set, it was clear that this was exactly what people needed: a merciless fusion of House and Techno with plenty of acid / tribal tweaks thrown into the mix to keep things interesting. Though the night wasn’t the busiest Basics ever, you couldn’t tell from either side of the decks for Frenchy’s set.
Even the most experienced of performers would agree that it takes serious balls as a DJ to come on after such a stellar performance. Fortunately, Dave Beer didn’t disappoint, fearlessly rinsing his way through many of his own re-edits and remixes. One highlight of the set included the infectious, haunting vocal sample of Grandmaster Flash’s White Lines, which was underpinned by a solid yet airy house groove. With this subtle nod to the acid house culture, it’s safe to say the night ended on a high.
Back To Basics has always done exactly what it says on the tin: gets back to the basics in its perpetual crusade to deliver top quality underground House music.
With residents who often rival the multitude of top quality headline bookings, it’s easy to see how the Basics family have cemented an iconic status for themselves in the music scene, both nationally and internationally.
Although this may not have been “the one” Basics regulars will reminisce about in ten years time, it certainly did reinforce why, with over 25 years since its inception, BackToBasics is still going strong.
The next instalment of Basics at Wire on Sat 26th April features a special 3 hour set from French favourite Brawther.
Words by Ciaran Ansell
Photos courtesy of Vince Elgey