Transmission Funk touch down in Hidden on Friday 27th May with a team of big hitters in support, as they present Pangaea, Ø [Phase], Matrixxman and more in the latest episode of the Manchester party. With Bristolians Batu and Facta completing the lineup, Transmission Funk have decided to make this a hefty one.
Manchester’s Hidden is already a prized piece of the city’s furniture, having welcomed a series of high-profile guests into its three rooms since opening. Having previously hosted Transmission Funk for their party with Peveralist b2b Kowton b2b Tessela, the Void Acoustics-powered system will again provide the power for a fearsome lineup, with Hessle co-founder Pangaea leading the charge. Perhaps less prolific on the circuit than his Hessle peers, Pangaea has nonetheless demonstrated the considerable talent he brings to the label, his sets unleashing stormy weather to match the ferocity of his productions.
Pangaea in full flow can be a scary prospect, and Transmission Funk have done well to match him with a set of sparring partners unlikely to be Ø [Phase]d. Next on the bill, the former sound technician has a similar taste for hard beats, with dense kicks and acidic flashes colliding to make the producer’s signature Dystopian sound. Best known for releases via Gent’s Token label, Ø [Phase] is equally formidable behind the decks.
Californian Matrixxman has also shown an ability to descend into darkness, with his productions sweeping from the intricate melodies attached to his Ghostly International releases to the acidic inflections and thrashing drums of releases on Dekmantel and other techno imprints. His Boiler Room session at Dekmantel last year shows that his DJ sets often favour the latter style, making him a strong addition to the Transmission Funk army.
Such a night is certain to push attendees to their limits, and Bristolian brutalists Batu and Facta will ensure that there is no let up once proceedings are underway. Both have commanded attention with sub-heavy productions which merge bass music and elements of techno, dubstep and wider tastes, and will be looking to stand out in a fear-inducing lineup.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photos courtesy of Eleva Festival