Everything's reducing. Bank balances, employment prospects, the chances of not being obliterated by an Iranian dirty bomb - all smaller today than they were yesterday. But while these things are certainly of concern, far more worrying to you and me is the matching trend in DJ set duration, which over the last couple of years has plummeted faster than a defenestrated Czech king.
I had prepared a slideshow presentation outlining the history of disco dancing that touched on Larry Levan and Laurent Garnier in an effort to prove the point that, no matter what your girlfriend may try and tell you, bigger is indeed better. However, it used the word â€˜journeyâ€™ over ninety times in eight slides, so here at drumro[ll] we decided it made far more sense to call in the experts. So from across the sea we bring you the masters of the snaking, progressing, never-ending, euphoria-inducing, you-had-to-be-there marathon DJ sets, Innervisions mainstay and all-round mighty menâ€¦
Ã‚me (Innervisions) â€“ 6 hour set
Little needs to said about Ã‚me. Running one of the biggest and most consistently marvelous labels in the world alongside buddies Dixon and Henrik Schwarz, Innervisions has been the lynchpin of two deep house revivals and put out game-changers from Laurent Garnier, Derrick Carter and Osunlade amongst a swathe of others. The latter especially has been inescapable for the last year, with Ã‚meâ€™s own remix of â€˜Envisionâ€™ slaying dancefloors around the world with its mix of hooks, bleeps and shuddering drops. Their production chops are certainly in no doubt; the likes of â€˜Rejâ€™ and â€˜Where We Atâ€™ still bring shivers wherever theyâ€™re played, and their recent collaboration with Amampondo showed that the boys from Frankfurt have progressed far beyond the minimal boom.
But at their heart, Frank Wiedemann and Kristian Beyer are DJs. Since meeting at Kristianâ€™s record shop over a decade ago, Ã‚me have been playing around the world as part of a breathless touring schedule covering superclubs, sweatboxes and giant festivals. Their penchant for drawing on the full gamut of dance history has been showcased on seminal mixes for Fabric, Sonar Kollektic and NRK, as well as the frankly stunning Grandfather Paradox alongside Dixon and Henrik. No stranger to the long slot, their marathon sets at Panaroma Bar are the stuff of legend. When we first floated this party we asked the Ã‚me gents how long they wanted to play. Frankâ€™s answer? As long as youâ€™ve got.
So thatâ€™s what weâ€™ve given them. Six hours to take you on a journey (Iâ€™m allowed to say it onceâ€¦) through what electronic music means to two of the finest producers ever to grace the world of the computer-generated noises that make people dance. Itâ€™s an absolute treat.
For this party, weâ€™ve moved things to a space thatâ€™s new to us but not to the city, the superb Fez Club. As anyone whoâ€™s been to Cargoâ€™s recent jaunts down there will know, itâ€™s a techno bunker built for the all-night enjoyment of sound. Weâ€™re filling it with enough noise to drive Noriega insane, but space is limited and it goes without saying that this will sell out. After all the sad faces trapped outside our Park Hill party as well as our Scuba event, weâ€™d hate to see more disappointment so please get your tickets as early as possible.
Physicals are in Golden Harvest and Cow at Â£10, or you can grab one from the drumro[ll] boys, and itâ€™ll be more on the door.
Weâ€™re hugely excited about this party, so come down and join us in dancing town.