Another night at the notoriously brilliant Warhouse Project, this time curated by the delightful Annie Mac along with her mates, Major Lazer, Skream, DJ Zinc, Buraka Som Sistema, Fake Blood, Boy 8-Bit, Toddla T and Martelo.
After kicking back in the tasty Smirnoff Hospitality Area we took in the sounds of Drum and Base legend DJ Zinc, as usual playing on vinyl, keeping us old boys happy, Mr Zinc laid the whole room out with some bad base lines along with his rather petite but talented MC.
For the first real treat of the evening, the hotly awaited live performance from Portuguise party people Buraka Som Sistema. Described as Baile-Funk, Kuduro or Dubstep, Buraka Som Sistema are something to keep an eye on. With an emphatic performance of Kalemba Wegue Wegue, the crowd couldn’t control themselves or their drinks.
Major Lazer briskly took to the stage, and promptly, completely destroyed it. The 2-Step outfit was headed by Diplo at the decks and his MC, whom I have no idea of name but a whole lot of love, complete with zombie dancers and groupie ravers to stage rear. To say this was the standout performance of the night is an understatement, more of a Dubstep Opera, we were treated to frantic dancing on and off stage. If this is the new sound of the decade, I’m going to be a very happy boy, JAH MAN.
Now the night had finished for the live acts, the DJs took over with Skream up first, a somewhat minimal affair, maybe his style was a bit too contrasting to that of the live acts, this is where we took a break back in the comfy chairs.
Time for the headline act, you are the headline act if it’s your night, even if you don’t play last? Any way, Ms Mac didn’t disappoint her assembled fans, taking a heads up from her Radio 1 show tunes went from 2-Step to House to Drum and Base to Electronica. With a healthy command over the dance moves of the crowd, we got a nice rendition of the ‘down-low’. This the only slow, calm part of the night, was followed by a rapturous roar as we all got up from our haunches and flayed our arms in all directions to the baseline soundtrack.
Topping our night off was the ever present Fake Blood, not the last act, but we were so smashed by this point we had to call it as night after this set. Playing some down right dirty rhythms mixed in with some Fake Blood goodness, this was a top way to close our night at the Warehouse Project. Hopefully some one made it to the end, maybe you could tell me how it went?