Ninja Tune – a London-based record label created by 90s’ dance-pioneers Coldcut – are stalwarts of experimental electronica.
Including Bonobo, Kelis & Run The Jewels on their roster, we are not surprised that WHP have offered the Ninja Tune boys their chance at curating a lineup on Friday 28th October.
With 2016‘s WHP season in full-swing, Manchester has already hosted thousands of pilgrimaging ravers within the almost-sacred Store St pillars – celebrating a decade at the location.
Championing diversity in dance music, WHP lineups offer underground sounds suiting all palates: from the legendary Laurent Garnier to Manchester’s own grime gremlins LEVELZ.
As Ninja Tune have their own very particular dance floor imagination, we’ve crafted the below preview-smorgasboard to guide tastebuds before next week’s main helping.
ONE: WATCH OUT FOR JON HOPKINS’ AUDIO-VISUAL MIND MELTERS Headliner Jon Hopkins’ singular career trajectory has earned him his current status as the softly-spoken, almost-unseen soundscape crafter who can score anything: from floor-shaking techno to wafer-thin and emotionally tensile film soundtracks. Hopkins’ last outing at WHP saw his set allied with visual backdrops and pastel-soft lighting which were synced with the emotional peaks and troughs of his music in mesmerizing entente. Look out for more of the same.
TWO: BE WARY: BONOBO IS A HARDENED DANCE-FLOOR PRIEST
Bonobo’s social media output has promised new material in the coming months and the Brighton-born producer-come-DJ’s set should – if past performances act as a barometer – contain samples and flecks of yet to be released sounds. The potential for previews aside, the Los Angeles based musician has carved his own niche as a performer who is equally at home playing live or spinning the ones-and-twos. Expect his multi-textured approach to instrumentation to inform Friday’s set but don’t expect the Sunday-morning lie-in sounds of Animal Magic – Simon Green’s sets can bang!
THREE: HOW HIGH CAN ROMARE’S STOCK RISE?
Archie Fairhurst – more popularly known as Romare – is the cut-n-past London wunderkid who has sifted through samples from Blues and Soul to craft progressive dance toe-tappers. With new tracks Je T’aime & Who Loves You? maintaining Romare’s individual approach to production it’s not hard to see why Mr. Fairhurst has received the accolades of Bonobo and Gilles Peterson, amongst others. Previous DJ appearances – in the back rooms of pubs to European festival stages – have seen him draw on his encyclopedic knowledge of blues, soul and rock & roll to inspire sweat-inducing jiving. Whatever his set-listing, Manchester will be in for a treat!
FOUR: CHECK OUT GILLES PETERSON’S CULTURA IN A SUBTERRANEAN SETTING.
Gilles Peterson’s Saturday afternoon radio shows radiate warmth as the softly spoken man from Caen effuses about his crate-digging experiences all over the globe. Pulling up niche tracks from the worlds of Ethiopian jazz to Alabama soul, Mr.Peterson will surely bring a slice of his singular summer warmth to autumnal Manchester’s concrete underground. With Gilles: expect the unexpected – in the nicest, warmest, happiest way possible.
FIVE: WARM YOURSELF UP WITH MARIBOU STATES’ SOFT HOUSE BEATS
The half-faded vocal samples and upbeat chord-stabs showcased on Maribou’s LP Portraits is the dance floor music with human qualities we’ve come to expect from the Hertfordshire duo. As their production can often be tinged with a hard-to-verbalise sadness, their set should act as an apt bridge between the organic and the synthetic; summer and winter; all out partying and introspection. A pair for the thoughtful party-going individual.
Words by Dan Cave.