Despacio… where to start? What a night. WHAT. A. NIGHT.
While the sound might not have been quite up there with the likes of the bastions of amazing UK audio, Plastic People or the Loft parties, those are small, intimate venues rather than a 900-person hall, so full credit to McIntosh Labs. When you found the sweet spot, it was sweet indeed.
And speaking of sweet… ah, the selection! Sub-110bpm perfection. It was like James Murphy, Stephen and David Dewaele had raided my record collection to compile my own personal jukebox. How did they know?
Will Powers, Adventures in Success; Carly Simon, Why; Hall & Oates, I Can’t Go For That…Tunes you’ve heard a million times that simply shouldn’t have sounded as incredible as they did: Mr Oizo, Flat Beat (super-slow – cheers to Graham @ Yeah for the link); Queen, Another One Bites The Dust; Hot Chocolate, Everyone’s a Winner (don’t laugh – it was extraordinary)….
Some tune – Magic Man by Heart (Heart!) – that only my closet-Westie boyfriend could name. Daphni. Tommy Seebach, Bubble Sex. An edit of The Orb, Little Fluffy Clouds. A dozen other tunes I need to buy immediately that Shazam might have been able to name, if it had worked inside the hall. Many more I’ve forgotten after too many cups of Despacio punch.
The absolute stand-outs for me? Todd Terje’s Diamond Dub; Orlando Riva Sound, Moonboots (a long time favourite and the first time I’ve ever heard this played out – incredible); Hamilton Bohannon’s Let’s Start the Dance being dropped at just the right moment, and culminating* with the ultimate, my Favourite Track of All Time™: Harry Thumann’s Underwater, bombastic disco insanity that only the brave (or the Optimo boys) dare to drop.
All in all, a truly astounding night. Great crowd, fantastic atmosphere – the kind of club night all club nights should aspire to be. Surely this needs to be a new Christmas tradition.