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 Fabric on Saturday night Jaded at Cable on Sunday morning.
Hey and welcome to Jammy’s Jaunts! A weekly round-up of my weekend’s proceedings! This weekend consisted of 2 short but sweet events: Fabric and the afterhours special: Jaded. Short but sweet! It is not every week that I get to go to many parties and cover them, so it’s nice every now and then, just to go out and do 2 parties. To start off this week’s Jaunts, I began at Fabric, one of London’s landmark clubbing destinations for any revered clubber. On Friday’s they hold mainly Drum and Bass/Dubstep nights there and on the Saturday, the more edgier sound of underground House and Techno emerges. I arrived round midnight and room1 was filling up nicely but my interest focussed mainly on room 2. The set times in room 2 were as follows: Blawan 00:00 – 02:30, Shed (Live) 02:30 – 03:30, Marcel Dettmann 03:30 – 06:30. In room 1: Hipp-E and Halo 23:00 – 03:00, Craig Richards 03:00 – 05:00, Cassy 05:00 – 08:00. Saturday night was really rainy and unpleasant and it was a great feeling to be inside Fabric and away from the rain. I have never had a bad night in Fabric and this night certainly wasn’t going to disappoint! The focus of the night was to see Blawan and Shed as I have not seen either of them play at all. Dettmann, however I have seen loads of times and it’s always a pleasure to see him play in London. As I entered room 2, Blawan has already started and he was really groovy. Room 2 was starting to fill and by the time it was 2am, the room was full. I was so impressed by Blawan and he really got the room going. He properly smashed it! The last hour or so of his set, he really went for it, and the techno really got going and on fabric’s colossal soundsystem, each sound was crystal clear and I always gauge how good the sound is, by having a conversation with someone without shouting, while the music was being pounded out. If you can be heard and your partner can hear you quite clearly, then music is loud enough.
As the music in room 2 went on I found it harder and harder to leave as the music just got better and better. However I did say, that later into the morning, would see Cassy play for a bit. Eventually Blawan ended his set around 230am and he seriously went off with a bang! So good and thoroughly recommend him to anyone who hasn’t seen him play yet. Shed next was up and he was only on for an hour with his live set. I have heard lots about Shed and how he has played and have most of his tracks, especially the well known ‘Estrange’ and all of his releases off his EQD alias. To be honest I prefer his EQD moniker and his rawness of the music that he produces off that name. He continued the vibe and groove of Blawan and continued to develop it as the night grew. His hour of him playing live was truly awesome and something to really remember the night by. One of his memorable tracks that he dropped, that I managed to identify was off his EQD name and one of my favourite tracks of 2011 which was: EQD – Equalized #005 – A1. A definite banger and one to get for sure, if you haven’t already! Shed was equally impressed, as was Blawan and I could feel myself thoroughly impressed by the night’s work. By the time Shed had finished, the hour had flown by and things were perfectly set for the legend that is Marcel Dettmann to take t the decks. Revered around the whole for being one of the best techno DJ’s in the world, he really took apart Fabric and its soundsystem., He never fails to disappoint whenever I have seen him and he didn’t disappoint at fabric either! You get the feeling Dettmann loves playing in London, as he is beginning to play here quite frequently. If you are a regular reader of the Jaunts, you will realise that he was here a few months ago at Electric Deluxe in Brixton which I also reviewed.
As Dettmann came on, you kind of got the feeling what was going to happen next and it truly was pretty special. Dettmann did the business in room 2 and the crowd were really up for it! Bassline after thundering bassline was delivered and Dettmann really knew how to get the crowd going. He certainly was enjoying himself as he chugged on the ‘secret’ cigarette that he loves to get away with! In all respect to him, he probably enjoyed it and he was well worth the entry fee into Fabric to see him, Blawan and Shed in room 2. As promised, I did dip into room 1 to see Cassy play and she had the room rocking by the time I went there, shortly after she started her set at 5am. It was tricky going from full on techno to the much slower groove vibes on room 1, but I was able to readjust myself and feel the deep tech house basslines that were sent through. In all respects the music was very good and big respect to Cassy for this, but I knew where my heart and passion lies and I think we all know the answer to that. After my stint in room 1, I ventured back in room 2 until 6am and ended my adventure there. The time for the very special Jaded afterhours had nearly begun and it was nearly time to make my way down there.
Arriving at around 630am, the balcony room had a resident feel to it as Jaded heroes Chris Stanford and Raymundo Rodriguez took hold of the balcony reins for the morning. Both of them split the morning in half with each doing a mammoth 4 hr set each. Quite normal now for the calibre of DJ that they are now! Chris Stanford 05:00 – 09:00 and Raymundo Rodriguez 09:00 – 13:00. The main room this week was taken over by the very established One More residents Antonio De Angelis and Outart. Both DJ’s I have seen before and as soon as they opened the main room, the room filled up almost completely. Complete groove and solid tech house reigned supreme and the Jaded faithful were completely fulfilled. I love the vibe that was coming from the room and again they didn’t disappoint! I truly love the way my weekend’s pan out and this weekend was not an exception. London week in and week out always has great lineups and if you do miss one weekend, you won’t be missing much as the next weekend; there will be another great night out. Trust me! I know! We are blessed in London to have such great nights and it is through this, I am lucky that I can review all these great nights for you! I really hope you enjoyed this one! Same time next week..? Peace!