Dusky bring their extensive ‘The Next Step’ tour to Store Street, Manchester. Collaborating with the Warehouse Project team, Joy Orbison and Ben UFO go back-to-back and we are treated to a live set from KiNK.
Joy Orbison and Ben UFO are gurus in the arts of production and turntablism and combined forces to deliver a two-hour back-to-back set to the people of Store Street. Hinge Finger’s Joy O made a name for himself with his honoured solo projects as well as his distinctly diverse collaborations with Boddika that have ruled dance floors since 2009 and are cherished by DJs worldwide. Where as, architect of Hessle Audio Ben UFO is one of those rare talents that made it solely due to a unique supremacy as a selector. The back-to-back set can feel like a dilution of either artist and yet, this union was utterly dynamic. Ben UFO holds a prowess in mixing like no other; the set curiously linking a stream of music that heard solitarily would feel alien to a dance floor. Yet, UFO revels in uncovering the depths of his extensive record collection, infusing jazz and world with the electronic. Joy Orbison was able to synchronise himself with Ben’s experimental panache providing a weighted selection of tracks that stunned the crowd, including the outstanding November release from Floating Points ‘Nuits Sonores.’ Orbison’s work was relentless, weaving a swelling set that corresponded faultlessly with Ben UFO. It is a beautiful companionship, musical anomaly and without doubt one of the best sets we’ve caught at Warehouse Project this year.
KiNK’s live analogue performance proved to be one of those remarkable occurrences when an artist is able to achieve a contently dancing audience in a Boiler Room set, and this effect was replicated superbly on the night. The live show was completely unpredictable with KiNK lacing his techy productions with thrilling synths flawlessly produced before our eyes. The Bulgarian brings an unparalleled energy, exhibiting an extraordinary ability to violently rock back and forth while propelling some of the most complex compositions across his following.
Then the curator, Dusky, and rooted as we were in Room One we did not remotely succumb to the temptation of moving from our home. Five and a half hours in and Dusky continued to be as fresh and consistent as the rest of the evening. Dusky launched into a victory lap set in honour of recently launched label, 17 steps. Exhibiting the entire Love Taking Over EP amongst other Dusky classics such as ‘Careless’ and ‘Nobody Else’ they paraded their productions throughout Store Street. The duo is continuously moving forward, updating their sound and captivating audiences on a global scale.
Words : Charlie Fyfe