The debut of LWE’s Sphere series had arrived, taking place at London’s Magazine. As you arrived into the building you were immediately struck by the polished, yet industrial feel of the building. Floor to ceiling windows in the bar area before the main space reveal the backdrop of the city, that further enhanced the unique feel of the space. A fairly minimal theme with red lighting and red illuminated ‘Sphere’ signs throughout the main space accentuated whilst aesthetic, the focus here is on the sound and experience.
Effy kicked things off for the early crowd followed by undeniably cool La Fleur. La Fleur’s set featured stomping basslines with sporadic mechanical noises, that mixed the familiar with the more abstract, to make for a delectable and intriguing set. Early on a definite atmosphere was created in the space, with selections like ‘Sargan’ by Chateau Flight. The eerie high BPM track has a cinematic energy that created rising anticipation, reflected in the early dedicated dancing crowd.
Something has to be said for how the blue and green lasers also enhanced the experience. Especially as things took a more playful turn with garage imbued selections, like ‘Contagious’ by Doc Zee. Emblematic of La Fleur’s ability to navigate multiple genres in a way that doesn’t sacrifice the cohesion of the set as a whole. La Fleur thrived in the space, what started as a more relaxed space to dance became packed out. Rightly so as the illustrious Maya Jane Coles was next to dominate the decks.
Sphere 001 had proved itself throughout the day to have delivered on the concept of giving precedence to the sound and experience, a perfect concept to host ‘Special guest’ Maya Jane Coles, a duly given title for what was a standout set of the day. During her eclectic set, high sound quality and space to dance is vital, and the space facilitated this. She effortlessly controlled the crowd and the floor was harmonious with her selections.
Launching into the set with notable techno tracks like ‘Sitting in the Sun by Dast’, maintained the playful, fun vibe as the roaring bassline kept the crowd moving. The lighting continued to expertly intertwine with the heavier tone of Maya’s selections, especially with selections like ‘Sintesi’ by Alex Dolby that further accentuated the frantic vibe in the room with a mad stomping beat. Maya’s infectious, enigmatic energy radiated from behind the decks and it was obvious the crowd were in the palm of her hand.
The appreciation in the room was evident as Eats Everything hugged Maya Jane Coles at the end of her set, and he stepped in to take over the proceedings. It was obvious the crowd were excited for what promised to be a charismatic and eclectic set from Eats Everything. He easily maintained the high energy in the room, starting strong and later mixed the set up with joyful rave tracks like Playing with ‘Knives Quadrant mix' – Bizarre Inc that the crowd rejoiced to hear.
The sound experience in the venue is truly something special, which fuelled the good vibe of the day, as people could take more space to enjoy each set. Sphere’s debut party was the perfect set up for Hot Since 82’s first party of the year. His set balanced an ominous and undeniably playful vibe that kept the set captivating and full of momentum as his fans were certainly in attendance. The vastness of the venue was realised as the crowd was huge and filled the majority of the space with dedicated dancers throughout the two-hour set.
‘Barbee’ by Green Velvet & Joeski was the perfect selection to captivate the space and the excitement and energy in the room was palpable as this was a particularly special moment. Hot Since 82 also mixed things up with tribal, percussive sounds that ignited a carnival celebratory atmosphere that the crowd revelled in.
The pinnacle of the concept for the Sphere series focusing on the music, sound and space interacting together was achieved successfully. The high ceilinged open-space ensured whilst the event was busy it was never claustrophobic, LWE have focused on the core aspects of an event, and got them right. The prospect that this is only the beginning of the series is an exciting one, the Sphere series featuring a plethora of respected names across House & Techno in a high-quality environment make it one not to be missed.
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