Jammy’s Jaunts: 01.03 – 02.03 – Plex, Basis and Illusion Sound

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 event he was partying at in the last week… This time he spent his jaunt at Plex, Basis and Illusion Sound.


Hello and welcome to Jammy’s Jaunts! Your weekly clubbing review of London! Last weekend’s jaunt included the Plex Basement Sessions, a quick pop into Basis and the very special Illusion Sound Techno party. Starting off proceedings on Friday was the very special Plex basement party over at The Waiting Rooms. Headlining for Plex this time around was Objekt and Subhead (live) alongside Plex residents Luke Handsfree and James Tec. Set times were 21:00 – 22:00 James Tec, 22:00 – 23:30 Luke Handsfree, 23:30 – 02:30 Objekt, 02:30 – 04:00 Subhead (live). The last time Plex had their party at The Waiting Room was the very special Christmas party with Perc and Truss headlining and that as you can imagine, that was pretty incredible and banging! So this time around I got there around midnight and I caught the beginning of Objekt. It was the first time I had seen him play as well as Subhead and it was good to catch new DJs play that I have never heard play before. It started off very experimental from Objekt but slowly but surely the techno begun. The Waiting Room which was the downstairs of the pub was filling nicely and by around 1am, the place was packed. There was a massive hype as who the 2 headliners were and who would for playing and when Objekt and Subhead came on, they both got really good reactions. Objekt played really good and kept the Techno flowing and on what seemed to be a decent sound system. The last time Plex were here was back in December for the Christmas party, the sound was really distorted and Perc and Truss really tested the sound system to its limit! Objekt played some quality tracks and it was really different to what I thought it would like which was cool to hear.


Subhead played a live set to finish things off and it was a mixture of techno, dubstep and bits of experimental all in one. I wasn’t sure what to make of it in parts, but from what I heard I liked many parts of his set. Something different for sure! It was a cool Plex party and definitely will be returning back there for the next Basement party that they will have! A very cool little Friday jaunt here! To start off Saturday’s adventure, guess where I was…? The Waiting Room. Again! I don’t go to a place for months and I’m there twice in a weekend! This time it was for a small party called Basis run by Nick Ansell. I was here to support a very good friend of mine: Owen Howells. I’ve known Owen for quite a while now and slowly but surely this young DJ/Producer is making big waves in London. He will be playing at Fabric in Room 3 in June so definitely check him out, as well as resident of Apogee and Co owner of Shades of Grey recordings. He had a 3 hour set and it was a nice to catch him play again. His usual flair of deep housey grooves was perfect for the party and as time progressed he really took everyone on a journey of musical wonder! I stayed for a fair bit, but the next Jaunt was calling me and it was the very special Illusion Sound Techno party in Shoreditch.


Last Jaunt of the weekend (apart from Jaded) was the Illusion Sound warehouse party at Victorian Vaults with special headliners Octave (Silent Steps/Nachtstrom Schallplatten) Morgan Tomas (Reloading Records) as well as Chris Page (Affin/Decoy) and Michael Wells (Weekend Circuit). Arriving there just after the Basis night, I got there just after Michael Wells finished playing which was a shame, but never mind. I have already caught him play this year so it wasn’t too much of a big deal this time around. I have never been to Victorian Vaults before and as I came downstairs, I was quite impressed by the venue. Ideal for Techno in my opinion and the sound system there was booming. I heard reports that there were issues starting up and sound problems, but by the time I got there the place was pretty full and all were up for it massively! So as Michael Wells finished, Chris Page started and it was good to see another DJ from England representing for London Techno. As you can imagine, from start to finish the Techno flowed proper! The crowd loving it and I even managed to get some decent video which was posted online. He really took the crowd in the palm of his hand and never let them go! A thoroughly enjoyable set and as you can imagine he was buzzing off the crowd’s reactions to every massive track that was dropped especially: Skirt – Tumulto (Yuji Kondo Remix) A definite track to get if you haven’t got already! I was really enjoying it and always good to see Chris play on his own, away from his KontrolRoom setup alongside Dave Johnys.


As Chris finished, the main headliner of the night was next up: Octave. Originally from France and owner of Silent Steps Record, he came on and continued from where Chris Page had left off, creating his own path of techno destruction! I have never heard Octave play before and he really impressed with his own very distinctive sound smashing it out on a decent Funktion 1 sound system. Definitely worth a visit to Victorian Vaults for a good techno night if you have never been there before! The atmosphere and the people there were really cool and clued up and there were no problems at all, just the way a techno crowd should be! To close proceedings was Morgan Tomas (Head of Reloading Records) and also released off Silent Steps Records too. Again another DJ I have never heard play before. By then, the crowd was still full and enjoying every last bit of techno that Illusion Sound had to bring. They held their own after party at the same place with fellow London DJ Gareth Wild from EarToGround playing as well as Morgan Tomas and a very special act from Token Records: Phase. Unfortunately I couldn’t make their afters, but from reports, it went down very well! Wow! What a weekend and what a jaunt! Same time next weekend?!  🙂 (Photos of Chris Page and Octave by Massimo Petracca)