Friday saw the latest installment of Wire’s ‘One Night With’ series. The concept of the night is to allow the DJ to play records from start to finish and really exhibit the depth of their collections.
Entrusted with that responsibility was revered UK selector Joy Orbison, who gained notoriety after a number of excellent releases and the successful output of the labels Hinge Finger and Sunklo, both of which he co-runs. After being thoroughly impressed when I saw him at Wire last year with Ben UFO for Acetate, I was certainly looking forward to the prospect of him playing all night long.
The night began with a blend of relaxed ambient and dub reggae records as people began to arrive and make their way onto Wire’s intimate dance floor. but before long the booming chords of Mosca’s White Mice could be heard, truly signifying the night getting under way.
Through careful selection, Joy O was able to ride the natural ebb and flow of the night perfectly, preventing the daunting prospect of the long set fatiguing the crowd. Moreover, it made the arrival of a big track even sweeter. In particular, the dark, stabby piano hook of Joy O and Boddika’s Dun Dun was received very well. This wasn’t the only tune by the pair that was heard on the night with TMTT and the currently unreleased Severed Seven both getting an outing. His selections spanned many decades and hearing older tunes such as DJ HMC’s 6am in close proximity to much newer stuff like Barnt’s playful remix of Japan Blues Spurned my Colour was very refreshing.
As the night progressed into the early hours, Joy O began exploring other realms of UK dance music, particularly garage: Seven Wonders Crazy and D Double G’s Get Loose proved to be particular highlights while the memorable vocal of M-Dubs Bump n Grind received the rewind treatment. As the tempo continued to increase, Joy’s 2009 breakthrough track Hyph Mngo arrived to huge cheers. He continued in that direction with gusto and the final hour saw vintage Hessle Audio tunes blended with other dubstep favourites and I certainly wont forget hearing Mala Alicia on the sublime Wire sound system anytime soon!
As the lights came on and rapturous applause rang out, it was clear that the crowd had enjoyed what they’d heard. All in all, a perfectly balanced set that spanned many genres coupled with the great atmosphere that you come to expect from Wire – I could happily have stayed for another 6 hours.
Words by Sam Rogan
Photos courtesy of Wire