Review: SBTRKT

Date: 6th October
Venue: Warehouse Project
Rating: *****

Manchester’s Warehouse Project has yet again assembled the most celebrated and new purveyors of electronic music for three months worth of top acts. This offering, curated by SBTRKT, features Hudson Mohawke and Lumice’s TNGHT, a DJ set from Caribou, showing off his new material as Daphni, and a live performance from Four Tet amongst many others.

The Warehouse Project is special because, for tonight at least, there was no filler. An incredible soundsystem in each of the rooms only helped fuel some huge sets: Koreless and Disclosure got the ball rolling, with the former setting the stage for TNGHT to blow everyone away with some of the biggest tracks this year.

The only disappointment of the night would be SBTRKT. The instrumentals sounded great and got people dancing, but the best known tunes were either played with the vocalist missing, or Sampha attempting a performance which sounds a little like karaoke; his beautiful but relatively weak voice means he cannot compete with the booming track behind him.

After the sad demise of this year’s Bloc festival, it’s refreshing to see how a big multi-room club night should be run. Hundreds of bars, ample space to cool off and lots of luminous orange jacket angels made for an excellent and stress free night.

There are more projects coming up over the new few months which should entice, whatever your electronic tastes. Our picks include the 9th of November headlined by Flying Lotus, Jamie XX, showcases by Hessle and Deviation, a live show from Animal Collective and an Orbital headliner. If it’s anything like what we’ve sampled, you’ll have a blast.

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