As Motion's winter season continues apace, Worldwide FM well and truly stamped their mark on the diverse array of club nights the Bristol institution has to offer. Curated by a man who needs little introduction, Gilles Peterson's radio venture (alongside co-host Thris Tian) of his Worldwide brand has been celebrated since its inception in 2016 as a hub for music spanning across the globe. The artists on the bill, though predominantly home-grown talents, flaunted the eclecticism at the very heart of the wide-reaching Worldwide community, traversing across the spectrum of vibrant and creative club sounds - from house to disco to beyond.
It was the live set from Romare (aka Archie Fairhurst) which cut a particular attractive edge to the line-up, already consisting of a slew of the UK underground's finest. Currently touring off the back of his most recent full length Love Songs: Part Two - a selection of which has been recently released as a live sessions EP - the insatiable energy of his catalogue performed as a trio made for an engrossing start to the night. Positioned centre-stage behind a deck of keys and mixers and hardware - with a percussionist to one side and a multi-instrumentalist to another - the soft bassy hits of Come Close To Me were soon entangled amongst the raw punches of live drums, giving the track a profound and unexpected weight on the dance-floor considering its sultry slowness on record. Such was the impression from the rest of his hour-long set: with Fairhurst in command of looping synths and deconstructing rhythms, and his band bringing the otherwise slick productions alive with twanging basslines and flirting saxophone breaks, Romare illuminated the transformative effect which such live performances can have by invigorating club crowds.
As the night progressed, the standard of colourful shape-shifting music never wavered. Moxie's set at her own On Loop stage was a particular highlight, in which the glaring horns of De Gama's Afrika amongst hip-shaking house rhythms rippled across the long and narrow room, before transitioning across to German duo Session Victim with Gerd Janson & Shan's edit of The Gibson Brothers' Heaven. From Benji B dropping Sylvester's stunning and soulful Over & Over to Nabihah Iqbal opening with a heady, drum-heavy remix of ATB's 9PM [Til I Come], the Worldwide FM family and friends brought to Motion's matrix of rooms a night of pure, vibrant joy.
Words: Josie Roberts