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DJ Love: Laurent Garnier (article on Skiddle)

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I’ve loved Laurent Garnier as a DJ for most of my adult life, experiencing a life changing set of his a few weeks after my 20th birthday in Jan 2002. The 18 months prior to it I’d been absorbing clubbing to the intense levels anyone does when they’re faced with an abundance of temptation they’ve never had, and after a hectic NYE I’d vowed abstinence from a certain raving fuel. The Cream reopening, with Pete Tong and prog house tyrant of the time Lucien Foort playing the courtyard, was the first test of an ardent hedonist who devoured a plethora of trance and hard dance.

Lucien and Pete were average that night, but it was the man int he Annexe who had only pricked up a small amount of curiosity prior that blew me away. I didn’t even drink, sucked up by the vortex of his otherworldly brilliance. It proved to me I didn’t need to be peeling my face off the wall to enjoy partying, and that this dance music thing had longevity beyond my weekend escapism.

Anyway, suffice to say the abstinence lasted barely a few months but the musical shift had throughly started. It’s the starting point for an article I’ve wrote on Skiddle called DJ Love: Laurent Garnier which highlights a few of my experiences with my favourite DJ of all time over the years. I’ve not referenced the actual review, what with it coming from a competitor of ours at Skiddle in Pulse, but the night he played all night at the WHP looms large. It’s also the last time I saw Garnier, a near four year absence which I’m frantically trying to put right now.

Laurent Garnier live at Boiler Room x WHP

photo Laurent Garnier 2

If you visit this blog often you would of caught me waxing lyrical at the end of last year about a DJ set from Laurent Garnier at the Warehouse Project. There was a four hour ‘snippet’ of that set floating around at the time, but another one has since materialised cramming an extra 90 minutes in and crucially, the moment where I pretty much walked in when a fairly famous record from Manchester kicked in.

On top of that there’s also a video from the Boiler Room crew which weighs in at 80 minutes, really getting the magic of the night down. Whilst they have undoubtedly revolutionised the way in which we ‘view’ club sets from afar via the internet, the videos sometimes comes off as a bit sterilised when it’s a small amount of people (although that same forumla is equally memorable when thrown off kilter). This time though they had a genuine contender for greatest DJ of all time playing a retrospective set in one of the best club spaces on the planet; ground-breaking it may not have been but fucking awesome it most certainly was.

Anyway; just enjoy the video/audio.

Laurent Garnier at the WHP – Pulse Review

“It’s so fitting that one of the cornerstones of the modern clubbing environment can be so expertly helmed by one of the greatest tastemakers we’ve ever known, turning in a career high point from a career based on them.”

Wow. Just wow. Read the review above, listen to the below mix and bask in the glory of the greatest of all time.

WHP Announce line-ups tomorrow

Two weeks ago the ball started rolling for the WHP with the monstrous opening weekend announcements. They fill in the gaps tomorrow, with this video whetting the appetites.

Yousef Interview on Skiddle

“You simply can’t pick up our crowd and take it with us, that’s the main problem. They are a very important ingredient in the formula that makes us work”

Hit the quote for the goodness.

Parklife announce new line-up

Monster vibes from the Manchester weekender here, with Flaming Lips, Ghostpoet, Azaelia Banks, Nero and Dizzee Rascal among the live superstars playing, with a dj line-up that reads like an entire programme of events from the maestros behind it the Warehouse Project. Obviously this is still a festival in Manchester so there’s every chance in the world it’ll piss it down, but this is neverthless a ridiculously impressive bill of talent, and with early bird tickets going for less than £65 right now, eastern European in terms of pricing if not whether.

Chic also play, which could be even more interesting if their recent hook-up with Daft Punk is anything to go by, considering they invited Johnny Marr live on stage with them during their last Manchester show for the same promoters. Go here for further details.

Warehouse Project announce Easter Line-up

Although they haven’t slotted in details of where it is actually going to be just yet (that’s saved for later on in the year) the Warehouse Project can announce it’s line-up. Loco Dice and Jamie Jones top the bill, the latter fresh from quashing rumours of his involvement with the end of the world as we know it/destruction of every small town DJ who deserves better’s career/DJ comp that won’t affect dance music very much (delete as appropriate on account of your moral outrage at Simon Cowell’s latest venture). Joining them is a roster that, while without boasting any full on mouth watering names, does showcase an obscene amount of talent. Carl Craig, Maya Jane Coles, Eats Everything, Scuba and bloody loads more. It’ll unquestionably be a great night, and probably sold out before we even hit the middle of February.

Head here for the full details.

STUART PRICE RETURNS AS JACQUES LU CONT WITH BRAND NEW TRACK ‘CHURCH’

The Thin White Duke is back.

After a series of Djing gigs last year, notably at Fabric, Chibuku and the Warehouse Project, he man known to his mother as Stuart Price returns from a lengthy hiatus production wise with this stomer ‘Church’. It liberally borrows from the Justice template of crushing 80s influenced electro (the link is even more pertinent by this video, which simply turns his Jacques lu Cont moniker into a cross), but considering JLC pretty much invented the sound in this guise we can forgive him. And it has that sumptuous trademark bass which defined the Price production template underpinning it all, and a series of euphoric choir esque vocals. This is stadium dance music.

Jacques lu Cont was something of a hero for me at that point where I just started Djing, dragging dance music out of it’s dull age of twelve minute progressive house records by playing Steve Miller Band’s ‘Abracadabra‘ and Depeche Mode’s ‘I just can’t get enough‘ in between a ferocious mix of house, electro and lost and forgotten eighties dance classics. And then there was that Fabriclive mix; no-one had even contemplated dropping Strauss on a mix cd before and it still stands as one of the most revolutionary compilations of it’s time. Seriously, if you haven’t copped that you are missing out on a piece of EDM history.

In a series of dates in Liverpool he defined a certain period of time clubbing in the city, not least in his run of Chibuku shows when the club was just exploding out of his Lemon Lounge infancy. The best of the lot though was in February 2003 at Bugged Out, where him and Erol Alkan (also just at a point where he was tearing up the rulebook of rave), which I still reckon rankles as the best night clubbing I have ever had. He returns to Bugged Out! at Sankeys on February 17th, and plays his own headlined show Reload a day after in London’s XOYO.

Yousef LIVE @ Final Store St Warehouse Project

YOUSEF – LIVE @ warehouse project closing JAN 1ST 2012 (downloadable) by yousef

Everyone who went to the WHP’s final ever date in Store St wouldn’t shut up about it. Which was pretty annoying if you swerved it like me. This mix form Yousef, the only one to be recorded on the night, kind of makes up for it. But equally makes you wish you’d gone even more.

Tracklist is here

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