2015 in Tunes: Part 2/3

Posted on: Jan 5th, 2016

BY PHIL LUCAS

MAY

We kicked off May with a last minute Sunday Session at The Hudson with Joy O & Open Mind after their gig in Derry. We warmed things up during the afternoon and each of us played back to back at different times and Space Dimension Controller even turned up to play some tracks, Joy O played this and I then played it for pretty much the rest of the year:

Etienne Jaumet – Metallik Cages (Gilb’R Bonus Beats)

 

Space Dimension Controller and myself had a bit of an acid back to back session at one stage on the night, one of us played this, can’t remember who though:

Maurice Joshua – I Gotta Big Dick (Instrumental)

 

So we previously had Motor City Drum Ensemble play for us and we also had Antal over before, for this special event we decided to ask them both, two of our favourite selectors, to play a very special back to back set and they didn’t disappoint, dipping into african vocal chants, some amazing disco selections and some french house and more up-to-date house music this was musically one of the nights of the year.

Thomas Bangalter – Outrun

 

DJ Sneak – Show Me The Way

 

T-Connection – Do What You Wanna Do (Disco Version)

 

I also had the pleasure of doing some record shopping with Antal and MCDE on the Sunday after the gig, thanks to Andy Johnson for opening Belfast Underground especially to let us have a dig, here’s a record Antal picked out and bought for me on the day:

Rene & Angela – I’ll Be Good

 

May finished with the first AVA festival, featuring an amazing local lineup, the first ever Belfast Boiler Room, loads of music seminars during the day, a great food selection, a record fair, incredible visuals from Guerrilla Shout and loads more! I managed to completely bollocks my back just before this so I was high on prescription painkillers but still had a great day. Between Timmy Stewart’s and Space Dimension Controller’s Boiler Room sets, BICEP’s headline set and many more highlights it was a huge success, we had the pleasure to opening the huge main room to about 30-40 people by the end of our set as we clashed with the Boiler Room but enjoyed it nonetheless! Musical highlights from the day were this from SDC, a track that I have honestly never seen split opinion like the social media aftermath to this, but it was definitely a highlight from the rowdy Belfast Boiler Room and a moment to remember from 2015:

Ayla – Ayla

 

Timmy Stewart playing a selection made up mostly of local tracks covering Belfast’s history of house and beyond, alongside some classics from the Belfast dance music scene, Timmy saw the Boiler Room set as a responsibility to showcase Belfast and it’s history, you could tell his set was filled with tracks he was passionate about, here’s the full set:

 

BICEP playing this stone cold Shine classic:

 

Can not thank Sarah and everyone else involved in the inception, planning and running of a very special evert that already feels like an institution after only 1 event! Roll on the 2016 edition!

JUNE

In June we had 2 events starting with one we had wanted to do for a long time as we welcomed UK house music royalty to Belfast in the form of Giles Smith and James Priestly known for their Secretsundaze parties and label. Like with our Mister Saturday Night party the previous year we like to bring over artists that run some of the best parties in the world and Secretsundaze is without doubt in that category. All three of us are big fans of the label and as DJ’s Giles and James need no introduction, on the night they relayed their encyclopaedic knowledge of house music and beyond and provided a great evening of music including this track which was released on their label around the time:

Endian – Sub Tropic

 

For our other June party we premiered a very special live set from the excellent Chris Hanna featuring all his own material, he was joined on the night by 2 representatives of Dublin’s Bodytonic parties in Al ‘Basher’ Murphy and Michael Black. We kicked things off on the roof with Twitch residents and the Bodytonic guys playing some tracks, Al dropping this slice of 80’s brilliance:

Aurra – You and Me Tonight

 

Chris’s live set got the crowd rowdy and it featured the very apt ‘BKITB (Broken Knuckles In The Bunatee)’ and this:

 

For this one I reached out to Al Murphy and Michael Black to choose their favourite tracks from the night and they chose these tracks with a strong theme of house classics, Al said ‘it was the best gig I’ve played at this summer and by far the best crowd I’ve played out to. It was unreal.’ and chose:

Cricco Castelli – Life Is Changing:

 

Stacy Kidd – Let Love Enter

 

No Assembly Firm – Acid Attack

 

Michael had this to say about his Twitch experience, ‘we were both overwhelmed by the friendly positive attitude and up for it madness from your crowd right from the off. They were ready to go anywhere with the music and it’s not often you get the chance to play to an audience like that. I suppose you know if you’re doing something right when the tops start coming off ha ha! The Bunatee is a great space too!’ We really can’t thank everyone that comes to our nights enough for making all our guests feel so appreciated! His tracks of the night were:

Daft Punk – Rollin’ & Scratchin’

 

Eddie Amadour – House Music

 

Future Sound of London – Papa New Guinea

 

JULY

The only gig we had in July was a pretty special one as we welcomed BICEP for a 3 hour set in The Mandela Hall. The atmosphere was crazy, Belfast has so much love for these guys and this was easily our biggest event of the year, they played a great mix of music including techno classics like this:

Midfield General – Coatnoise (Dave Clarke Remix):

 

Dominica – Gotta Let You Go (BICEP Edit) might have been the track which did the most damage on the night but this right at the end of the evening with the lights coming up stole the show, probably the biggest track of the year from arguably the biggest artists of 2015, BICEP made 2016 their own:

BICEP – Just

 

We have just announced the return of BICEP in 2016 where they will take over The Mandela again, this time for a 4 hour set! Check the events page for details, if 2015’s BICEP party is anything to go by, this is not to be missed!

 

AUGUST

Twitch favourite Kowton returned to kick off a busy August and he brought the mighty Peverelist along with him this time, these guys have played together countless times and this was evident in their set which flowed as they interchanged throughout the night. An easy highlight from this gig was Kowton’s contender for track of the year:

Kowton – Glock & Roll

 

But this absolute classic stole the show for me, dat breakdown:

FUSE vs LFO – Loop

 

The Sunday Session was a much more chilled affair, although this track was also played the night before, it felt more suited to the Hudson Yard setting:

Local Artist – Feelings

 

XOYO w/ Hodge & Bicep

In mid-August we also had the pleasure of heading to London to play room 2 in XOYO, the last time I was in there a long time ago the sound wasn’t great and it felt like a bar, this time was very, very different! Lazers created the feel of a low ceiling and the smoke filled room was a little rave cave and with disco taking main stage in room 1, I remember Andy from BICEP calling up to see us at about 10pm and saying ‘just thump it’ and we did! Hodge was excellent on the night as well, playing so much music that we play and love ourselves, his set began quite deep and abstract with this slab of Matthew Herbert brilliance:

Moloko – Sing It Back (Herbert’s Tasteful Dub)

 

Things picked up quickly though, this doing particular damage in room 2:

Literon – Knob Exploitation

 

To round off our busiest month of the year we had 2 Twitch debuts with the excellent Anthony Naples & Pariah joining us. Again, like with many of our other events during 2015, these two went back to back and their styles were well suited as both were willing to take risks with the music and managed to still hold the crowd throughout. This was a personal favourite from Pariah and a ‘what the fuck is this track moment’ as it was a month or two ahead of it’s release on Houndstooth:

Call Super – Meltintu

 

Anthony Naples playing this was another highlight of the night for me:

 

Part 3/3 coming soon