Which isn't to say I wasn't relieved when just the opposite happened. The party turned out to be precisely that—a party—with a happy crowd dancing to oddball club records til sometime past 6:00 AM. Far from whatever artsy thing I'd pictured in my head, the scene was very relaxed and upbeat, not least in the DJ booth: Sotofett and Fett Burger (the two brothers who run Sex Tags) went back-to-back all night with Hops, dishing out a set that sounded distinctly like three friends drinking and playing records. The music would stay on one tack for a while—dirty old house tracks like Mike Dunn's "Pressue Cooker" or Steve Poindexter's "Work That Pussy" set the tone—then swing in wild arcs, veering through jungle, bass music, disco-not-disco and whatever you call the stuff that comes out on Sex Tags and Wania (Sotofett's remix of Madteo's "We Do" sounded punchier than I would have expected). The flyer actually summed it up pretty well: "ROLLIN' AND CHUGGIN' ON TECHNO - JUNGLE - HOUSE." Someone told me the night started out with ambient and experimental music, but I hadn't gotten there yet.
Saturday's event was actually the second one at Horst with this exact lineup in just a few months. Let's hope it becomes a regular thing.