This summer marked only the 3rd year of Dekmantel festival. Taking place in Amsterdam, it boasts a line up home to a range of the most exciting artists working within techno and off-centre electronic music and, despite its infancy, the Dekmantel team have already established themselves as cutting-edge tastemakers, creative curators, and the brainpower behind one of Europe’s strongest small festivals. So it was about time they visited Store Street. Serving their Warehouse debut in collaboration with Resident Advisor, it was undoubtedly another success for the ever-rising institution.
Delivering a blinding set from the get-go, Nina Kraviz held a heaving crowd from the earlier hours of the night. Over the last few years Kraviz has cemented her signature sound in the upper echelons of electronic music, detonating upon Store Street a weightier mix of techno and heavy acid. As one of the most eagerly awaited acts of the night, Kraviz certainly did not disappoint, and she submerged the crowd in slick, Berlin beats.
There was no chance to reemerge from Kraviz’ trip as three heavyweights – Ben UFO, Joy Orbison and Jackmaster – took promptly to the decks. With the format of a triple back-to-back inevitably washing over certain flairs of each individual DJs unique sound, there was a slight underwhelming feeling that the trio didn’t quite reach the same dizzying heights of the set before. Yet it was still a storming set, unsurprising given the talent, experience and respect these artists have for each other. Clocking in at two hours, the three of them delivered bouncing house and techno cuts, fused together with gritty basslines, in a set that still demonstrated their unwavering dominance as artists at the top of their game.
2015 has again served as yet another successful year for Four Tet, who was next to take stage. Spanning a variety of genres and a potent mix of flavours, the powerhouse of creativity showcased how seemingly unstoppable he is, epitomized (of course) with the highlight track of the night – that Opus remix. As the almost endless build-up gave way to its hands-in-the-air finale, its breakdown engulfed the crowd in a wave of elation. There’s no wonder why it’s one of the most talked-about tracks of the moment.
Closing out the night out in the 3-5 am slot was Dixon. Whilst not quite matching the fire of the previous set, Dixon’s more ambient approach served as a calming bookstop to the end of the night and a cause for a moment of reflection. Looking back the night wasn't just a celebration of current cutting edge techno but a homage to the achievements Dekmantel have already reached. Dekmantel’s Warehouse debut was a roaring success.
Words: Jacob Roy