Clubbing review #4
Ibiza definitely took it out of me last week and that was only two nights!! Mind you I did go out Saturday too! I decided to play it easy over the last couple of weeks! For my health’s sake as well as the pounding on the wallet! :p
On Saturday 21st July Unleash roof party was planned then onto underground east end party Cerca Trova. I do like fitting it all in!
I've have featured the Unleash events in my previous clubbing review already and always really enjoy the parties they put on. This one was due to be held at the Brixton club house, the same venue that I reviewed for La Vita a while back. It's a really great venue as I said before, so I was really excited about this one. The line up for this one was a gooden too; Betoko, Slow Hands, Larse and residents Deep-Lo.
I had heard good things about Betoko and heard Slow Hands smashed it at the last party. I was impressed with Larse too at an Unleash at Basing House a while back, and of course loved his tracks "The more that I want" and "So Long." as of course many did and these stayed at the top of the beatport charts for a while during the summer.The weather had held up and it was sunny although partly cloudy.
The set up was the same as the La vita party with the DJ set up on the "upper deck" under the disco ball and under a marquee. Considering the weather it would of been nice to have roof off, although the marquee was fixed and I guess it did keep the sound in better. They had decked it out nicely with a "Hawaiian" theme with flower wreaths and I noticed fresh fruit being passed around on platters. A little Half baked esque I felt...though you can't beat the Half Baked crew at doing it! Top effort though for creating a party atmosphere with props and unique touches like this.
The crowd were of a similar age to myself (mid twenties, we'll leave it at that!) and it was definitely more of a west end crowd as I always find at the Unleash parties. I like this as it seems very young when I go out east these days and not a nice young crowd. It took a while for everyone to start dancing, most were concerned with drinking and chatting on the decking. Why of course it was early and the decking and seating there was most luxurious daaaarling!
I found myself doing the same thing! Deep Lo had just finished when I arrived around 5pm and Slow Hands took over.
After about an hour the dancing commenced and I really enjoyed his set, very funky and vocal. Up next, Betoko known recently for "Raining again" which really got everyone going and is quite apt for our summer so far isn’t it?
The outdoor proceedings went on for quite a while. It was meant to finish at 10pm but I think everyone was having too much fun and it ended up finishing at around 12! Pretty late for a terrace party! The room inside was fairly small to the outdoor area so it did fill up quickly. With all these events lately it seems, it was unbelievably hot in there much like the Krankbrothers a while back! Fans were not cutting it! Larse seemed to be playing a nice deep house set, if a little commercial at times or at least tunes that I knew had been around a while. I quite like hearing fresh stuff out nowadays, but then that's my personal preference and I do know my music compared to most. I had to leave about 1am to get over to Cerca Trova in the east end. All in all it was a great roof top party. Shame to of missed all of Larse and Deep Lo's sets inside but I'm sure they smashed it!
The last Cerca Trova party I went to was quite simply amazing. It was at the end of March and I don't even know the venue (warehouse in Hackney?) but I know it was brilliant. The venue, crowd and DJ'splaying, one being Miss Jools were wicked and I remember coming away, as did many, thinking that was a party hard to top this year.
You can imagine my excitement for this one! One big thing playing on my mind though was the choice of venue, Ican Studios in Hackney. Half Baked usually have their events here in the car park but I always thought the inside area wasn't the best as it was small and had carpet on the floor! I guess it was a nice change to not having wet, dirty shoes at the end of a night out! I was open minded though and was interested to see how they would do it. I do love the fact they put the cammo on the ceiling too which gives it a unique vibe and instantly connected with Cerca Trova of course with their tag line of “See you under the cammo!” When arriving I was instantly put back at the fact another party was going on in another room of the building. I was told it was a bashmont night… sounds menacing! Cue a lot of gangsters and girls in blingey dresses and heels. Some of them ended up mixing in with the party too which was a little disconcerting. I don't want to have to say Cerca Trova was a letdown this time, maybe because it was so good last time and my expectations were high. The headliner Franco Cinelli was a bit of a letdown too. He played some good tunes but mixed in the odd "fluffy" house tune which was very odd. Whatever it was, it didn't get anyone going. Rossko, the joint organizer of the party was on at 4am and I was hoping he was going to save the night! Fuse resident and all round amazing DJ, of course he went and did just that! He played tune after tune and even though it was near the end of the night and the crowd were diminishing by then, those that were left were loving it! He played what seems to be his secret weapon that I've heard now in a couple of his sets out. I don't know what it's called, where it’s from or who it’s by...but I know I bloody love it!!
Shake that tambourine!!
There was no after party this time which was again, a shame. The last one was so good and I had stayed until lunchtime the next day to Rossko's and D'analog's (From Undersound) beats! I think the venue had a lot to do with it; I still have faith in Cerca Trova though. I’m sure they will bring out another brilliant party in the not too distant future. Hopefully soon. Maybe Rossko extended set this time?! After a well needed break I will be back with my clubbing review to report back from what looks set to be a great festival weekend! Eastern Electrics!