The incomparable DJ Sprinkles is embarking on a 2 hour journey with us tonight at the intimate Hidden club, Manchester.
Gender fluid activist, artist and owner of Comatonse Recordings, Sprinkles brings with her a depth of emotion, understanding and diversity when she plays her chord wrenching and jazz infused club sets.
Renowned for her outstanding remixing, which can be found on her Queerifications & Ruins remix album, DJ Sprinkles imprints her signature shadowy style on these records, whilst simultaneously remixing on the likes of Perlon and conquering her own mix downs; a true pioneer. Her LP Mid Town 120 blues, which interprets as a bluesy love letter to the old New York deep house scene, provides a musically sombre and melancholic glimpse into the life of Terre Thaemlitz and her personal journey.
We continue to the Hidden Club.
After So Flute residents Yadava and Baloo warmed the crowd up with a range of slow and low disco cuts, Annabel Fraser took to the decks. I was looking forward to hearing the musically eclectic NTS radio DJ.
The ‘Lover of music, not genres’ started with breaky house and bass vibes before flowing through different club styles and variations such as Ugly Edits 3 ‘You Got A Match’. Surprisingly Kraftwerk’s ‘Numbers’ was brought in to end the current flow and send people in to slightly tougher territory.
The club itself, which won Best Club in the Manchester City Awards 2015, has an area outside which mimics the look of Gottwood and festivals of a similar ilk, however the main room takes on a dingy warehouse feel and provided the intimacy required for this particular evening.
At last 2am arrived, Sprinkles stepped up and so did the ante.
(Gender fluid activist and artist; DJ Sprinkles - Photo: Gemma Parker)
Keeping with her trademark moody impressions, Sprinkles began with delivering what was seemingly a wide range of unreleased music which had been littered with uplifting high end samples for the occasion, all complimented through the use of her pioneer rmx effects unit.
It was nearly impossible to identify a single track once she had moved into her uncompromisingly deep territory; this pace continued with low end filtered snippets and what I interpreted as gender political acapellas surfacing throughout.
There was a unanimously peaceful and elated feeling on the dance floor which only comes with a DJ who has managed to skilfully select music to deliver an experience in which people really do come together.
As the lights came on in the club, Sprinkles was finishing with Frank Ski ‘Tonys Bitch Track’; the ravey synth of which inspiring hands to raise in the air across the dance floor. Half expecting a few more hours of music to be provided, we reluctantly left the club after one of the deepest and engaging club sets I’ve had the pleasure of being part of in a while.
Words by Sophie Roberts
Photos courtesy of Gemma Parker