Simon Greene, who has toured ‘The North Borders’ for nearly two years returned with his full band to headline Manchester’s acclaimed Warehouse Project. Accompanying him were the greats of Ghostly International and Hoya:Hoya.
Shuf arrived to indulge in the closing moments of a richly atmospheric and warming performance from Dauwd. Room two was satiated with a wealth of eerie future-garage productions that embraced the hearts of a beaming audience. Beams broadened as Dauwd transferred with effortless fluidity into an exposition of his intricate debut EP ‘What’s There’. The EP bursts with reverb imbued synths and attractively haunting vocal samples. Dauwd is increasingly more unique in his optimistic approach to electronic music that bloats crowds with elation.
Gold Panda delivered a striking set consisting of many of his own productions and that irresistible flare of globalised electronic music that draws influences from almost every continent on our planet. As Gold Panda’s set developed he demonstrated his competence as a DJ, varying pace and toying with his crowd. He then proceeded to delve into a live VIP of ‘Marriage’ that seemed a little overwhelming to the audience, as with lust he explored the depths of the track. It seemed to Shuf that perhaps Store Street did not quite suit the more experimental moments of Gold Panda’s set, that cater to intimate venues. However, he had acknowledged this integrating tracks such as ‘Junk City II’ which, taking inspiration from nineties Chicago house, combines throbbing bass lines and old school drum loops to escort the marimba. In finale, Gold panda gifted a content audience ‘You’, unveiling his meticulous masterpiece.
Ninja Tune’s much-anticipated Bonobo (Simon Greene) had caused a prominent stir amongst riled up punters as they lingered after Gold Panda’s set and arrived from Mount Kimbie. Bonobo opened with the sensational ‘Cirrus’ and managed to replicate the pace of its preceding performances. The headliner married his music with fascinating visuals typical of the Ninja Tune label and leapt into an exhibition of latest album ‘The North Borders’ from 2013. Greene, who with omnipotence, calmly lurked at the back, invited Szjerdene Fox to the stage. Fox was mesmeric, enthralling the crowd with immaculate vocals that entranced the population of Store Street. Ensemble they performed ‘Towers’ with stunning weight and Fox did justice to Andreya Triana’s ‘Stay the same.’ The Release was fantastic and yet, we felt Bonobo’s jazz infused drum fills and spectral vocals did not quite reach the venue’s potential. Tracks from North Borders such as ‘Sapphire’ were far better able to recreate the respect and acclaim we feel the album deserves.
Praise is due to the Abandon Silence DJs who although coinciding with Bonobo managed to draw a large crowd of those looking for the more accelerated end of the dance music spectrum. Unleashing records such as Roman Flügel’s rework of ‘All I Need’ and Leon Vynehall’s ‘Step or Stone (Breath or Bone)’ they were able to create a fitting bridge between Bonobo and Eliphino.
Eliphino closed with a celebration of dance music, playing techy, bass heavy records that made a strong contrast with a majority of the evening. This worked in his favour as Eliphino commenced with a gritty selection of house including his own floor-seizing track ‘More than me’. The DJ then baited a crowd with techno as we were treated to excerpts from Ben Klock’s ‘Subzero’ and finally granted us the genre-shift with Alan Fitzpatrick’s remix of ‘I Want You’. Eliphino fulfilled many wishes, as the night restored the energy it had lost during the live performance and sent the masses on their way feeling utterly content.
The Warehouse Project continues - tickets available here.
Words : Charlie Fyfe