Jaunt (jônt, jänt)
n. A short trip or excursion, usually for pleasure; an outing
Plain and Simple’s roving reporter/man about town and clubbing addict Jammy brings you his eye view of the events he was shuffling at in the last week… This time he spent his jaunt at the ‘Apollonia’ showcase at Fabric, the Superfreq showcase at Jaded, ‘Spilt Milk’ at The Dairy and the Jaded Mobilee Showcase at Cable.
Hey and welcome to Jammy’s Jaunts! A weekly round-up of my weekend’s proceedings! This weekend was the Jubilee bank holiday weekend and this was a considerably long one indeed! To start off proceedings, my first stop was on Saturday at Fabric. In room 1 was the ‘Apollonia’ showcase with Dan Ghenacia, Shonky and Dyed Soundorom from 02:30 – 08:30. Warming up for them was Craig Richards from 23:00- 02:30. In room 3 was FB Julian from 23:00 – 02:30 and Tale Of Us 01:30:05:30. My main focus and the reason why I was out, was to catch the Klockworks duo of DVS1 and Ben Klock who were controlling things in room 2. Timings for room 2 are as follows: Terry Francis 23:00 – 01:30, DVS1 01:30 – 04:00, Ben Klock 04:00 – 06:30. The last time I saw DVS1 play was at the Blueprint party last year and to be honest, that night was pretty special and I’ve always wanted to hear him play again and at Fabric, he really didn’t disappoint! I have never seen a DJ with so much energy and enthusiasm on the decks. I don’t think he actually stopped dancing while he was DJing! It was a real pleasure to see, and chatting to him afterwards was great! He was such a nice guy and really down to earth, just like every DJ should be! While he was playing the room was pretty busy and it was DVS1 who the crowd came to see, but you can always count on Ben Klock being a big crowd puller. As usual, Ben Klock pretty much smashed it and everybody in attendance seemed to love it! Good support came from members of the LTC and the usual London crew. Too many to name, but you know who you all are! All in all a great Fabric adventure and it didn’t stop there, as the next stop was the Superfreq showcase at Jaded!
Arriving at around 730, the bar room was already pretty full and the groove already was pretty cool! The warm up came in the form of Diego Ck and Fabio Spzz and despite not knowing who they were or what sound they had, they were really good! I found myself bouncing all over the place, full of groove! Love it, when you find undiscovered underground talent! So that put a massive smile on my face! While things were grooving in the bar room, resident Raymundo Rodriguez was laying down the beats that always get the Jaded faithful going! After him were the Superfreq duo of Alexi Delano and Adultnapper that got things moving. Again, both a pair of DJ’s who I have never seen play before and again, completely took me by surprise. I have heard many tracks/sets by them, but it was a real pleasure to hear them smash the main room of Cable with their Jaded underground vibe! So on the whole, another really good Jaded morning and the first part in their double header over the Jubilee weekender! I eventually bowed out until the next part of my adventure!
It was another case of Déjà vu on Sunday, as I started at Fabric again for WYS! Headlining in room 1 was Trentemoller (who I didn’t get to see unfortunately). This time, support was shown for the Cartulis Day crew who took over room 3. Set times for this room are as follows: 23:00 – 00-30 Gabbi Lopez, 00:30 – 02:00 Deadecho, 02:00 – 04:00 Luke Solomun and 04:00 – 06:00 Unai Trotti. I arrived around 2am, and sadly missed Deadecho which was shame, but no matter, plenty of time to catch people playing! Really impressed with Luke Solomun. His tune selection was pretty much spot on and definitely had the Cartulis vibe going on. Another DJ to add to my list of new DJ’s that I have seen this year! (Check out my Facebook notes for further information). The last set was probably my favourite with good friend Unai Trotti playing (one half of the Cartulis Day party that he run with Alex Cliche). It was a true journey that I was taken on and was really impressed by what I was hearing, especially as this was the first time I had seen him play on his own. As I mentioned earlier on, déjà vu had struck me as it was nearly time for Jaded part 2: Mobilee Jubilee special that was running Monday morning!
So as I arrived for Jaded Part 2: Mobilee Jubilee special (Mojubilee!) headlining the main room alongside Raymundo Rodriguez was Dan Curtain and Mobilee boss Ralf Kollmann. Last time I saw Ralf play was when he last played at Jaded and that was truly a special morning if I remember rightly. After Raymundo warmed up things in the main room, Dan Curtain came on the decks, again another DJ that have yet to see and he truly was pretty exceptional! Just the perfect mood that was captured with the tracks he played and he really impressed! There was no one in the bar room, as it was kept open this week as a walkthrough. By now I was feeling quite mortal and I knew when my time was up. I needed sleep before my last leg of my marathon journey and this was the very special daytime party: Spilt Milk.
So the last leg of my weekend ended up at The Dairy for the 2nd Spilt Milk party. If you read my previous jaunt, you would have seen my review of the special daytime party run by Tred Benedict. Special headliners this Spilt Milk were Dinky and Mr C alongside Marc Ashken and Zippy/Canary Fontaine. This week it started early and ran from 12pm – 11pm. Set times were: 12:00 – 15:00 Canary Fontaine and Zippy, 15:00 – 17:00 Marc Ashken, 17:00 – 20:00 Dinky, 20:00 – 22:00 Mr C, 22:00-23:00 Tred Benedict. I arrived roughly around 17:30 and caught the beginning of Dinky and another DJ who I have yet to see. A great weekend for me watching new DJ’s play which I was really pleased with. Dinky knew exactly what to play to the Spilt Milk faithful and how to play it. Most of her tracks were real classics and everybody was really up for it. By then the weather had settled and the threat of rain had virtually disappeared! The new addition of the marquee made sure that if it did rain everyone was covered. Track after track seemed to make the crowd want more and more and by then I realised that this was truly going to be one, if not the best Spilt Milk I have been to. Loads of classics were played and if you’re lucky a few videos of tracks have been posted on Facebook for people to see.
It was a real pleasure to see Dinky play and Mr C continued that vibe and buzz that she created. Mr C kept it real and played his usual blend of Techno, Tech-house and House with the odd bit of acid here and there! He also played at Spilt Milk last year, so he already had an idea of what the party was like and how he would connect to the party goers! Some people have mixed opinions about him, but I was really impressed with the way he played and from the looks of it, he certainly seemed to be enjoying himself! By then the milk crates were fully on and flashing different colours which were really effective in the night! The last set was by Tred and to be honest I was having so much fun, his last set really topped it off for me. He only had an hour to do the business, and God it was good! Again every track after every track smashed it, and the crowd were in raptures! A track that really got things moving was Duke Dumont – Street Walker. Such a groovy track and if you’re lucky, you might see a video of it that I have posted on the Spilt Milk group. The icing on the cake for me and the one that really sealed the deal as the best Spilt Milk in 3 years was the last track (which I’m not going to say ! It really had everything and was the perfect end to a great party and a great way to end the whole Jubilee weekender! Wow, that was really special! I hope you had a great weekend! Same time, next week..?