Tim Sweeney had the pleasure of hosting not one but two of the UK’s favourite DJs last week, with Beats In Space #850 headed up by Numbers boss Jackmaster and BRSTL’s Shanti Celeste. Both skilled selectors with bags of personality, the two hour long mixes venture through techno, electro and the fringes of UK garage with the trademark finesse of two DJs at the top of their game.
Jackmaster’s set starts with the melodic “Verschiebung” by Roman Flugel, jumping through tracks by SoulPhiction, Gay Marvine, Paleman and DJ Bone before finishing on a new track from Lory D, and uses the last ten minutes of the track to speak about his sadness at the closure of Fabric. Recounting the importance of the club and the London scene to his early career, Jack uses his mix as an ode to the legendary institute, noting with not misplaced resentment the likelihood that London will now be left to become “lots of big crap houses that nobody can’t afford, and office spaces that nobody wants to rent”.
Shanti Celeste takes a similar approach on the musical side of things, diving through atmospheric soundscapes with strong rhythmic backings as she skirts through tracks by Jovonn, Asusu, DJ Fettburger and many more. Chatting to Tim at the end, Shanti announces her new label Dance Party, which will launch next year with a 12” single of her own, discusses a busy touring schedule and lets her friends know that she did remember to water their plants whilst they were away. Good, wholesome, homely fun all round.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photos courtesy of Deep House Amsterdam