Saturday 2nd April 2005
Troy, Hoxton Street, Shoreditch, London
One of the criminally few minimal house / techno parties available to Londoners beyond the walls of Fabric. Sud Electronic operate a simple policy: change the venue each time, keep the music minimal, keep the numbers restricted. The low-key approach to promotion and house party vibe means that it works every time.
The simple rough'n ready feel of Troy in deepest Hoxton offers a perfect platform for likes of Lump. A crazy bespectacled Finn living in London was warming up the sound system with some northern bleep. Early Nightmares on Wax, LFO, that sort of thing. Previous PR pusher, now champion of click, Nick Craddock drove deep into the history of Perlon, Playhouse, Kompakt etc., serving up more treats than a Berlin warehouse party.
PTR aka Planning to Rock. Digital cabaret from Bolton via Berlin. Woman wailing like a banshee in front of timed projections. Genius. Had all the house purists grumbling. Their loss.
After the most wobbly set from Lakuti (nice selection of tunes, just a lack of slick segues), Portable fired up his laptop and tiny mixer. The music veered from African drum workouts to 4/4 at full motorik pelt. Rhythmically dominant, it lacked the warm melodies and playful basslines that Nick had served up earlier. Still, it did the business on the floor.
Next one is on the 7th of May in Shoreditch. This time with my one and only Swiss friend Radovan playing live as AM/PM. Don't mess and don't miss.