Motor City Drum Ensemble (3 Hour Set)
Fishtank: EL DIABLOS SOCIAL CLUB
May has always been a good month for the Coco de Mer boys. When they were making their initial embryonic steps into clubland, May 2008 was the first time they colluded with another party, ramming the intimate Vault venue to the rafters when they rubbed shoulders with subSound. Then in 2009 they had the gall to book Gabriel Ananda and Marcel Janovsky together and get them playing back to back for a monstrous six hours, again the cue for a heaving venue as they etched another memorable night in the Magnet’s colourful history. One year later and they’ve done what other club promoters have tried and ailed to do in the past and brought Danilo Plessow aka Motor City Drum Ensemble finally down to party in the Pool.
Straddling the murky waters that link house music, techno and the nu disco revival, Plessow’s craft sounds like he is steeped in the lineage of dance music’s historical reference to Detroit (although the motor city in question here is his hometown and Germany’s equivalent, Stuttgart). His Raw cuts series got everyone form Laurent Garnier to Gilles Peterson frothing like Pavlov’s mutts, whilst his Djing skill expertly blends the influences of his productions with much, much more. His Resident Advisor Podcast was heralded as arguably the finest of the year, not bad for 1 from 52 but even better when considering the same year saw efforts from Laurent Garnier, Josh Wink, Booka Shade and Francois K and Derrick May.
His Dj sets showcase everything cutting and funky about his palette of influences, instantly making deft manoeuvres through delectable disco, hip-shaking house music and synth heavy techno that sound anything but knee jerk. Somewhere between the smooth sheen of the Innervisions clan and the rough and raw vibes of Theo Parrish, MCDE brings an ass shaking format that gives house music more of a block party feel. Support as ever comes from the talismanic Coco de Mer mainstays Mark Mac and Arron Hunter.
Over in the fishtank the party is getting helmed by disco fire starters El Diablos Social Club. The Manchester institution has quickly become the city’s’ premier soiree in instilling good-time disco vibes. The past guests of the club read like a who’s who of the disco cognoscenti, with Jacques Renault, The Revenge, Todd Terje, Daniele Baldelli and Crazy P all former cohorts. They’ve even been recognised beyond the city and even indeed the nation’s shores, with Croatia’s scene leading Garden Festival hauling the crew over for a boat party. Joining them in the fishtank will be local disco supremo General Jimmy.