Coming in hot near the close of the year, Crack’s takeover of Bristolian nightspot Motion showcased one of the finest club line-ups of 2017.
Featuring UK favourites Ben UFO, Palms Trax and Tessela & Truss’ Overmono project, Detroit don Moodymann, electro titan Helena Hauff, beloved Panorama Bar resident Tama Sumo, the exultantly eclectic Hunee, and more, the talent was stacked - and so were the dancefloors, creating a red-hot atmosphere inside.
Each artist brought a different energy to the table. Moodymann induced roaring sing-alongs with a majestic triple threat of Kelis & André 3000’s ‘Millionaire’ into The Beatles classic ‘Come Together’ into ‘Redbone’ by Childish Gambino under the glistening disco ball of the second room. Hunee followed, upping the ante while maintaining the euphoric vibe with soaring disco strings and the infectious Brazilian boogie of Marcos Valle.
In the main room Overmono preceded headline act Ben UFO with a number of head-spinning selections that crossed the intersection of stompy bass and noodly techno. When the Hessle Audio honcho took control the room was sent into relentless raptures. Drawing for North Lake’s ‘Griswold’ early on, a shuffling combination of bass sludge and sharp synths, he moved through increasingly spikey and hard-hitting sounds. The pnuematic cowbell of Fango’s ‘Rectum’ and reinforced ‘Hackney Parrot’ (10 Ton Mix) had hands raised, while a bubbling, aqueous number drew satisfied whoops - and has since sent ID groups wild (unreleased Airhead, apparently).
Helena Hauff was even more uncompromising, working Motion’s powerful sound systems to their limit with her rip-roaring record bag, blowing minds in abundance. Those looking for a smoother end to their night found it in the joyous house Tama Sumo and Palms Trax delivered.
Motion served as a fine venue to host the line-up, keeping crowd levels steady with a one-way system and rooms atmospheric with suitable levels of lighting. Revellers lining both the dancefloors and the upper levels at the rear of the rooms also created a special mood, with energy emanating from all corners like a Roman Colosseum.
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Patrick Hinton is Mixmag's Digital Staff Writer, follow him on Twitter
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