Croatia’s Dimensions Festival returns to its roots for another weighty launch party, with Wire taking its turn to host as Dimensions Soundsystem take to the stage alongside a unique set from Swamp 81 legend Loefah.
Better known for his revolutionary take on dubstep, Loefah is not the first name you’d peg to Chicago, and so a three-hour History of Chicago will undoubtedly exhibit a fresh take on one of dance music’s holy cities. The producer and label head was considered a pioneering figure in the early dubstep days, breaking from the confines that arose when conventions turned a sound into a genre. Stripping his sound down to dark subs and mechanic rhythms, Loefah became a purveyor of dance music in its rawest form, and he’ll look to return to the roots of electronic music once again with a set that explores the sounds of Chicago’s crucial clubbing heritage. The Windy City was the birthplace of many of the tropes that define modern house and techno, with disco being twisted and deformed by acidic licks and sequenced percussion by many of the city’s venerable offspring during the mid-to-late 1980s. Chicago’s DJ International Records and Trax are immovable in the halls of dance music history, and Loefah will use the start of festival season to pay heed to the city where it all started.
With history the flavour of the day, party-goers can also pay their respects to the men behind the festival, with Dimensions Soundsystem joining Loefah in directing proceedings. Few in Leeds have played a more integral role in the development of the late night music scene than Simon Scott, and he and David Martin, Andy Lemay and Noah Ball have become a symbol of spectacular taste and expert selections through affiliations with Croatian festivals, SubDub and countless more dance institutions. It wouldn’t be a just opener for another year of one of their most successful projects without the dub specialists commanding the decks, and they’ll hope that the party is a perfect prelude to this year’s Dimensions Festival, which kicks off at Fort Punta Christo on the 25th of August.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photos courtesy of Dimensions Festival