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The best tracks from Dekmantel meets The Hydra

Two of Europe's finest combined to provide a voyage of delight

  • Patrick Hinton
  • 9 December 2015

Since first starting to throw parties eight years ago, Dekmantel has grown in stature to become one of Europe's most renowned promoters. 2015 has seen the Amsterdam-based company expand across the continent, taking incredible line-ups to every event.

The announcement of which artists will appear at the flagship Dekmantel festival in the Dutch capital each year is like Christmas for the house and techno scene, as people open up hyperlinks like wrapping paper and marvel wide-eyed at the contents contained within.

The Hydra has a similar reputation in London, consistently serving up the best parties the city has to offer, so a combination of the two was a nailed-on belter of a night.

All of the acts on the typically ridiculous bill delivered, with amazing music pumping through the powerful systems in each room from start to finish. While exceptional DJ sets are often likened to being taken on a journey, it's rare to come across a multi-room, stacked line-up party that can be accurately described as such. Dekmantel and The Hydra achieved this, thanks to some excellent programming on the night.

Each new selector brought a fresh direction to the table, traversing from the lighter side of house to the darker side of techno, with everything in between accounted for. Young Marco opened up proceedings with some gorgeous deep house cuts; Pender Street Steppers and Motor City Drum Ensemble consecutively upped the ante with steadily more upbeat, disco-driven selections; Palms Trax took this baton but injected more variety into the mix; Bicep were even more eclectic, steadily drawing for weightier selections; and finally Matrixxman delved headfirst into no-holds-barred techno and acid.

Relive the trip with ten of the best tracks aired on the night below.

Joakim 'EAHR'

Sample Mind 'The Sound Of Redness (Instrumental Dub)''

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