Digweed proves that a set is greater than the sum of its parts. Track selection is still king in spinning, but when you can craft out a room like that, wow.
Tini was pretty good; she didn't quite hit the mark of where the main room should have been at 1:30, but over all, good tunage. Forgetable, but good. I was a bit worried about where Tini left off, and where Digweed was going to have to start. I feared we might get grandpa Diggers, who was just going to lul us to sleep. Thankfully I was wrong.
He spent about 30 minutes really warming us up, getting us to where he wanted, then he unleashed. I was completely blown away by the sheer variety in sounds he used. Did somebody say tech-house? Digweed took us back the late 90s on Saturday. Deep, churning, vocal (!) and atmospheric. If you have ever listened to a recording from the late 90s with Digweed, it is very different than the tech-house monster that we know today.
For me, 2-4 was best, peak time, main room, relentless. Instead of sticking to normal, sikly smooth progressive transitions, he changed it up quite a bit. I even heard a break beat, break down once or twice, which was a very pleasant surprise. The crying out vocals, undulating side to side sounds, and diversity helped create real atmosphere. I don't think he is really known for that; it felt like there was a bit of Sasha in him that night.
Around 4am, Digweed started talking to Mark, and it looked like he was going to stay on. He took a washroom break, and indeed he stayed, his work wasn't done.
After 4, the crowd cleared out a little, and Digweed took it in another direction. After pounding us, he slowed it down, took down the energy a bit, but never did it get boring, just less intense. He was clearly working with the energy left in the room, but making sure to provide us direction. Up, and down, up and down, and that's where I left, around 4:45. I would have loved to stay, and hear what he had up his sleeve, but he was past peak time, and that's what I had come to hear.
It looks like Digweed is taking a more proggy direction, after the tech influenced last years. The Cordoba CD was a lot more proggy than I had expected.
Wonderful to see so many faces, from days past! I didn't get a chance to talk to many of you, but just seeing you out was quite comforting, and exciting.
Saturday showed me, that I'm pretty much done with clubbing. It will have to be and old school DJ or bust, to get me back more often. Thankfully we are going to have more day time parties this summer, which I am very much looking forward to.