Manchester’s The Warehouse Project started out as a hive for underground talent but has since evolved to provide the edgiest of spaces for a wide-ranging selection of genres, with everything from grime to techno represented. For the last four months of each year it is awash with some of the world’s most renowned labels and artists which transcend old and new generations. There isn’t one event which doesn’t promise an outrageous cast of artists, so selecting a handful may be extremely difficult. To help with that painstaking dilemma, we chose five that had to feature in our diaries.
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The Russian spent a great number of years exploring every little nuance inside a deeply contrasting mix of genres, from new-wave to Detroit techno amongst many others. That musical voyage has shaped her into a DJ who instantly knows how to bring fun to any room. Whilst she now likes to hone in on the industrial sound associated with techno there is no escaping the extremely tasteful selection whenever Kraviz is behind the decks.
Making a bold introduction with their sublime live shows, the duo have become a staple part of dance music throughout the last few decades, invigorating all corners of the globe with their often experimental take on house. As well as crafting a sumptuous collage of genres with their music they also have the versatility to produce dancefloor classics and Grammy-nominated hits like “Superstylin”. After playing such a key role in electronic music, every chance to see these iconic tastemakers in action is like gold dust.
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Despite living in London since the turn of the century Heidi will always have a rich connection with house and techno after growing up just a stone’s throw from Detroit. Since starting Jackathon, a universally respected series of events, the aim has always been to leave a crowd with the most vivid memories by portraying a deep-seated emotional connection between artists and the music. When an act has such an eternal bond with the records they love it produces a sensational result when they take to the club.
25 Years of RAM
Never has a drum n bass act commanded insatiable demand in such a short space of time like Noisia. The Dutch trio caused a seismic shift in the bass music world when they first start releasing DnB back in 2003, crafting a sound born out of a freakish range of production techniques. Whenever they descend upon a set of turntables expect a sonic vortex of bone-shattering basslines and an insane level of musical experimentation.
If you ever wondered whether there was an individual that had an infinite knowledge of reggae look no further than David Rodigan. After dissecting and divulging the Jamaica-born genre for over three decades, becoming one of the most respected voices on radio, there is no question about his unequivocal love for the style. Whenever there is a chance to see him share a completely bewildering collection of unfamiliar records it is an occasion to behold and treasure.
WHP hosts events every weekend from now until New Year’s Day, with the likes of Gorgon City, The Chemical Brothers, Marcel Dettmann, Andy C and Joy Orbison also making an appearance.
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