Innervisions head honchos Âme will set up shop in Nottingham on Friday 21st of October, bringing all of their gear along for a full live set at The Brickworks. Consistently lauded as one of the best live acts in dance music at the moment, the German production duo will undoubtedly receive an impassioned welcome as they swing by to conduct a night of sweeping melodies, pounding rhythms and insatiable grooves.
Kristian Beyer & Frank Wiedemann have been putting out records together since 2003, when Sarari/Hydraulic Dog EP on Sonar Kollektiv immediately marked them out as producers with big futures ahead. Their 2004 self-titled album on the same label cemented their status, and a year later they were given the chance to take the helm of a new sub-label, Innervisions, which they run alongside Dixon. Quickly carving out a reputation as one of the best house labels in Europe, the label became a standalone in 2006 and has grown in stature with every release since, propelling both Âme and Dixon to deity status among dance music fans.
As you’d expect from producers as knowledgeable and prolific as Âme, the duo’s productions are pretty diverse, but the signature Innervisions euphoria that accompanies most of the label’s tuneful and meandering journeys certainly has roots in their distinctive sound. Gifted with a strong understanding of how to create atmosphere, the pair skilfully negotiate ethereal vocal hooks and deep, brooding instrumentals with equal sophistication, enjoying the occasional foray into darker territory but at their best one when delivering winding trips with epiphanic clarity. Where the label has always found its midas touch is in the ability of Innervisions tracks to hit with overwhelming poignancy, offering a mesmerising connection with their audience whether it be in an intimate basement or a thousands-strong arena. It is this that has seen Dixon hold his status as RA’s top DJ for three years, and it is this that has come to define everything that his two colleagues put their respected Âme name to.
For anyone looking for a night out that will truly entrance them in Nottingham this October, a live set from Âme is as close to perfect as you’re likely to get.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photos courtesy of Lost Village