On June 9, the Boston Manor Park-based Junction 2 in London entered its third year with a bang. This time around three back-to-back sessions were hosted, including a six-hour performance from Innversions’ Dixon and Âme, while minimal guru Sonja Moonear went toe-to-toe with Uruguayan selector Nicolas Lutz.
Arguably the biggest of the lot was Adam Beyer and Carl Cox’s world exclusive back-to-back, capping off the Drumcode stage in style.
Here are some of the best tracks from their blinding set.
1 Darren Emerson 'Deadlock'
The set was mainly powered by releases from the pair’s respective labels: Beyer’s Drumcode and Cox’s Intec Digital. ‘Deadlock’, released on the latter imprint, kicks the set into overdrive with its killer acid bassline, a sign of things to come over the next hour.
2 Hyperloop feat Green Velvet 'S-Sound'
Beyer takes over the reins from Coxy, mixing out of ‘Deadlock’ into Hyperloop, aka Riva Starr, and Green Velvet’s punishing ‘S-Sound’, another no-frills, four-to-the-floor cut that gives the audience another wallop.
3 Brennen Grey 'Through The Lens' (It’s A Fine Day Edit)
Cox returns and drops Brendan Grey’s evil edit of Opus III’s ‘It’s A Fine Day’, transforming the breezy '90s classic into a main stage bomb, one which fits perfectly into the pair’s darker style. It is definitely the most prominent vocal of the set so far and is accompanied by a pretty wild light show.
4 Elio Riso and Muter 'Twilo' (Vikthor remix)
Beyer is back in business and drops Vikthor’s belting remix of Elio Riso and Muter’s ‘Twilo’, taking the crowd swiftly away from the dreamworld of the previous track via a driving, linear beat.
5 Adam Beyer and Bart Skils 'Your Mind'
A few tunes later, Beyer teases his forthcoming collaboration with Dutch producer Bart Skils, merging a spacey vocal with customary Beyer grit. The Swede draws out the drama of the track using the Allen & Heath mixer to maximum effect.
6 Loco and Jam 'Heat It Up'
Nearly an hour in and Beyer deploys ‘Heat It Up’ which does what it says on the tin. Ever the showman, Coxy also leaves his mark through multiple FX tweaks and backspins. Nobody does it better.
7 Boxia 'Rezerection'
A track containing the sparkling ‘Papua New Guinea’ piano lead slowly moves into ‘Rezerection’, which melds a hard-as-nails bassline with soaring synths. Cox gets on the mic to huge applause, drunk-uncle-at-wedding steez in full effect.
8 Cirez D 'On Off'
9 Wehbba 'Catarse'
Another tune awaiting release on Drumcode, ‘Catarse’ is pretty euphoric: hands, phones and even a straw hat is in the air during the track’s multiple breakdowns. Beyer gets on mic duties to pay his respects to Coxy and to tell the crowd there are only a couple of tunes yet. On to the home stretch...
10 Enrico Sangiuliano 'Symbiosis'
It’s nearly the end of the set but Beyer keeps the energy mounting with another Drumcode weapon. Who knows if the pair will return for another b2b but if this is anything to go by then it could be a match made in techno heaven going forward.
Watch the full set below.