“For twelve weeks this city is ours.” Illuminated annually across the brick walls of Manchester’s Store Street, this slogan is as linguistically commanding as the series is of its city’s nightlife. For the Warehouse Project’s 2016 series, they return once again to their spiritual home under Piccadilly Station with a mammoth roster of artists, pushing the definition of ‘dance music’ even further into abstraction. Seasoned alumni Drumcode, Bugged Out! and Feel My Bicep have brought together some of 4/4’s finest, and heavyweights such as Ricardo Villalobos, Carl Cox, Nina Kraviz and Jeff Mills lie atop line-ups rich in techno’s more underground names. For more bass-ier flavours, Rodigan’s Ram Jam, Kurupt FM’s Champagne Steam Rooms and a DJ EZ-curated Saturday night piece together the likes of garage, jungle, and drum n bass, whilst a new addition Curated By Skepta places us in the hands of grime’s prolific figurehead. Aside from the usual Friday and Saturday night slots, The Old Granada studios hosts DJ Shadow, alongside performances from Moderat, Fatboy Slim and Hot Since 82 at The Albert Hall.
For more information on the 2016 calendar, click here. If you’re overwhelmed with choice, here’s our selection of 5 gems of this Warehouse Project season.
Orlagh Dooley aka OR:LA mixes music to lose yourself to. She’s the co-owner and resident at Meine Nacht, a club night that resides in secret Liverpool locations and has hosted the likes of Florian Kupfer, Mall Grab and Kornel Kovacs. OR:LA’s innovative flair has caught the attention of the likes of Ministry of Sound, Crack Magazine and Thump, who titled her as “one of the most underrated DJs on the UK circuit.” Her mixes are utterly uncategorisable, bravely switching from garage and jungle tempos to smooth jazz breaks, and strung together with deep, dubbed basslines and mesmerising drum patterns.
Mosaic- Sat 26 November // Feel My Bicep- Sat 10 December
Tokyo-born, UK-raised and Berlin-residing TJ Hertz, aka Objekt, possesses a uniquely individual sound. Whilst his production-style remains rooted in the dubstep cuts of his first 2011 release Objekt #1, Hertz’s electronic soundscapes have evolved into glitchy, spliced techno. His forward-thinking and technically brilliant 2014 debut album Flatlands encapsulates this dual tone, presenting a bold, experimental sound palette laden in both his dubstep and techno influences. As for his sets, expect such experimental and intricate productions neatly intertwined with deeply rhythmic techno.
WHP vs The Hydra - Fri 16 December
At only 22 years of age, London-born Amy Becker has achieved a remarkable amount. Now a regular host on Radar Radio and curator of burgeoning club night Acrylic, Becker’s first Daily Dose Mix for BBC 1Xtra’s Mistajam in 2013 seems like a far distant memory. Blending genres such as hip-hop, garage, reggaeton and house, Becker’s sets seamlessly create refreshingly diverse and bold sounds. An indisputable emerging young talent, Amy Becker is sure to bring raw energy to the Store Street warehouse.
The Ape Birthday – Fri 11 Novemeber
Denis Sulta abruptly caught the attention of the UK’s electronic music scene last summer with the release of It’s Only Real. Unleashing a surging techno melody over a stuttering drum loop, the hypnotic Numbers’ release identified Sulta as one of Glasgow’s latest exciting young DJs. With impressive performances at festivals such as Farr and Tramlines this summer, alongside his contribution to Jackmaster’s recent DJ Kicks compilation in the form of the euphoric MSNJ, the young Glaswegian producer has not disappointed. Fusing eclectic house and soul selections with his own infectious beats, Sulta’s sets are as equally unpredictable as they are thrilling.
Jackmaster & Numbers Presents Mastermix – Sat 5 November
Throwing Shade is the awe-inspiringly multitalented DJ, producer and radio host from London. When she's not holding it down on the NTS airwaves - in her meticulously researched show that delves into every musical style on the globe - she's making crisp, chopped up electro productions, with her EP House of Silk finding its home on Ninja Tune. You can be sure to expect the unexpected as she takes to the Warehouse this October.
Ninja Tune - Fri 28 October