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Line-up /Equinox, Al Tourettes, Matt Whitehead (live), Outrage b2b Modular (J-Tek set), Dexorcist aka Abraham Cowley, Sync 24 vs agent2, Mantra vs Double O, James Tec vs Luke Handsfree, AGT Rave Cru, Strepsil, Tengui, MB & CB
After a succession of techno-centric events that have seen the likes of Perc, Phase, Dozz and Sigha hammer east and south London in fine fashion, we're returning to Corsica Studios with an altogether broader - and bassier - agenda: Summer Rave business. Last year's installment (the first of its kind) was a blast, with two rooms of in-yer-face party music spanning everything from bouncing 2-step and electro to badbwoy machine gun jungle, and we're in no mood to deviate this time round. Far from it.
Headlining is a DJ/producer we've come to regard as the finest of his kind, the amen allstar par excellence: Equinox. His productions, dating all the way back to 1993, have sat comfortably and consistently at the vanguard of UK beat science (Bassbin, Subtle Audio and Planet Mu are just a few admirers), as has his label, Sci Wax, whose core artists - Dub-One, B-Key, Nebula and the E-man himself - are amongst the most gifted bass merchants to have graced the continuum. Expect a typically all-consuming exposition of advanced junglist stylings from Marlon tonight, as standard. Or maybe something a bit different... Another of the UK's premier ruffage smugglers is Bristol's Alec Storey aka Al Tourettes, whose productions for the likes of Apple Pips and Aus Music and gigs at the likes of Bloc and Glade have earned him a reputation as a unique and potent party smasher. A man whose tastes span house, techno, electro, garage and IDM - all of which inform his brain-melting and frequently riotous productions - he'll be dropping in for his first-ever Colony DJ set, perfect for the occasion. Further hybrid machinations come courtesy of Matt Whitehead, bringing a stack of kit along for what promises to be a hands-in-the-air-tastic main room live PA a la his kicking performance at P/C/M last year. His take on classic early-daze acid/disco/electro/rave flavours is as idiosyncratic as it is reverently crafted, earning him a sold out run of wax on Rebel Intelligence back in December '11, not to mention split EP honours alongside the mighty Neil Landstrumm earlier this year. Top stuff.
Sticking with the old/new theme but moving into thoroughly grimier territory, we're delighted to be bringing two of jungle techno's finest - Outrage and Modular - to town for a rare J-Tek set. Their imprint, championed by Randall and responsible for some of our favourite recent nu skool club gear, has just returned from the shadows with two dynamite cuts, and we're only too happy to be marking the occasion with what's set to be a spanking b2b showdown from them. Keeping the darkside rave flavours in full effect, electro wizard Si Brown aka Dexorcist will be dropping in for an acid-laden haunted house set in the vane of his awesome recent productions as Abraham Cowley (which you really should check out if you haven't already), showing why he's known as a dynamite selector in the process. Taking care of the purist electro, meanwhile, Sync 24 will be going head-to-head with fellow Scand resident agent2, while Rupture ressies Mantra and Double O, Plex ressies James Tec and Luke Handsfree and I Love Acid's AGT Rave Cru drop the kind of D&B/jungle, techno/bass and 'ouse/'ardkore malarkey their long-running nights are renowned for. Support comes from Strepsil and Colony's own Tengui, MB and CB, playing whatever the fook seems appropriate (or not).
All of this will be beaming out of pristine, pummelling Funktion-One riggage, for a measly five quid on the door (or £4 advance if that's more your steez). It's the one chance we get nowadays to really let loose and put on a no-nonsense, quintessentially British knees-up, in a club we feel truly embodies the underground spirit of the music. If you value that culture as much as we do, or are simply looking for a reet proper large 'un, we'll see you front left.