22nd April, 2006
The best psy trance
night I've been to for an age and, without a doubt, the best licensed event I've ever attended. Certainly the best vibe I've experienced in London outside of a squat. The rig was fully opus audio
- Opus amps, Opus crossovers, EQs and processing and, of course, Opus cabinets. There was even the prototype double 24" infrabass enclosure which is the size of fifteen washing machines and needs the roof to be taken off so a crane can lift it into the venue.
I've heard Plank engineer soundsystems before but this was by far the best I've ever heard music. Like at the Elbow gig
I was blown away by how crisp the sound was all night long and how much of a difference the system makes. The whole frequency range was covered without colouring or adding anything to the digital sound and every note, every snare and every synth was lovingly reproduced perfectly. There must have been only about 20 KW going through the speakers that night but it sounded crystal clear and was not fatiguing in the slightest, even close up to the stacks.
Perhaps even better than the main soundsystem was the lineup. We started off with a drop of free liquid acid and came up to Shotu
playing live. This was followed by an incredible set in the chillout to Nagual Sound Experiment
showcasing new tracks from his various projects. We watched a French artist dance before heading back in the main room for Phonic Request
's live performance.
For me, this was the highlight of the whole night and we didn't even manage to stay for the entire set we got so rinsed. Perfectly trippy visuals were projected onto a massive circular screen while Phonic Request
slammed the tunes into us. Never had I heard such psychedelic and darkly atmospheric music have such life and such a danceable rhythmn. I've never seen Carlos Santan
do anything more energetic than tap a single foot on the dancefloor before but he was positively skipping around and pogoing throughout. I too stomped like a crazy fool and was driven half insane by the sounds, squelches and beats he conjured up. Kudos to whoever was controlling the lighting, I don't know the name of the Martin effect I enjoyed the most, but it was all done superbly and was better synchonised to the music than at big events like Glade. The décor in the main room was incredible too and the backdrop being painted as the night progressed was mindblowing. Gave me a bit of a fright when I emerged to find that everything looked different to how I remembered...
After that we caught Kuba
played live in the chillout followed by a rather dull set from Snafu
. I got horribly confused by a cigarette packet someone left on my knee, failed to recognised anyone and got utterly tripped out by el_houghton
. After a couple of minor crises and by the time I'd gathered myself together enough we went back to get thoroughly rinsed all over again by Braincell
. Sick sick party.