After the victory of the winter season at Store Street Manchester’s punters look to Transmission to fill the hole left by the Warehouse Project. Dance music has found home in the city’s murkier nightclubs and so The Albert Hall offers its guests a refreshing taste of royal chic gifting grand staircases, an embellished ceiling and an amphitheatre inspired top floor.
Drumcode is arguably the leading label in techno; headed by the innovative mastermind Adam Beyer, its vast wing spreads from its birthplace in Sweden to Portugal, Israel, the USA and many more. The label has played a huge part in the recent surge of the genre’s popularity. Beyer can be held accountable for the genre’s glorious globalisation and thus many have branded 2015 as the year for techno. Beyer’s Drumcode has been the vehicle of exposition for the likes of Alan Fitzpatrick, Joseph Capriati, Marco Carola and Dustin Zahn. For this early event in the Transmission series, Beyer headlined the evening fusing Alan Fitzpatrick of Drumcode and Scuba and Dense & Pika of Hotflush Recordings.
For the label’s showcase event we respected the elite selection of bookings, although some of the lower profile Drumcode artists such as Itamar Sagi or Dustin Zahn could have added a new dimension to the proceedings. Yet, with Scuba and Dense & Pika being engaging additions to the bill, the small quantity of acts allowed lengthy personalised sets, giving the DJs space to be explorative and intimate.
Needless to say Greg Lord kicked off the night with a solid selection of crowd riling techno that featured numerous Drumcode productions. The Warehouse Project associate delivered in matching the anticipated weight of the hosting label’s artists. Dense & Pika followed the youngster; we felt that the tech-house pioneers would have to up their game to play alongside the likes of Beyer and Fitzpatrick. Accompanied by a drum machine they demonstrated their prowess as DJs and in the live set. There was an air of fulfilment amongst the slender top knotted and the broad bald headed as fists hailed the duo.
Scuba shadowed the double act. Without a doubt the set was faultless and in many ways flawless, although lacked a certain grandeur to fill the Wesleyan chapel. Then came the Drumcode takeover as Beyer took stage and the venue transformed with unparalleled ovation, visuals and music. There was a feeling of gratification as we were gifted Beyer productions that feature his iconic meteoric rise, which has sculpted the Stockholm sound. Beyer has been at the forefront of the scene for twenty years and is thoroughly deserving of his worldwide respect. Alan Fitzpatrick closed the evening with a ferocious succession of techno laced with spicy vocals and flavours of the old school. Ending with a remix of the beloved sweet harmony, he delivered an exceedingly fun set that saw crowds leaving the Albert Hall with beams.
Words: Charlie Fyfe