When your Friday night in Amsterdam is sorted out for a party you’ve been wanting to experience for the last three years with artists you thought you’d never see at the furthest point South of the equator you kind of get pretty fucked off when people throw another idea of an event your way. We had planned to hit Enter Loveland with Richie Hawtin, Gaiser, Matador, Julian Jeweil and many more but things changed and in this case, I kind of accepted it seeing as it was the biggest party at ADE and it’s the quickest to sell out. So when the guys said we were going to Audio Obscura – The Ellum Showcase, I tried to just go with the flow – even though we didn’t have tickets.
We arrived at dinner with Victor Ruiz and Any Mellow and headed back to his hotel once we were done, the excitement grew and my whole idea of Enter had gone out of the window, the venue was within walking distance of Victor’s hotel and little did we know we had been put on the guestlist thanks for a certain Cape Town DJ – B Type.
It’s a little tough when you think you know you are going to spend your evening dancing waiting to see the one DJ you’ve wanted to see play for the last 5 years, a guy who goes by the name of Maceo Plex. Unfortunately he shared the same line up time as Stephan Bodzin who by Army of Two’s standard is a man who is NOT ever to be missed.
We arrived at the venue called Musiekgebouw in a venue like I have never seen before including 4 dance floors with outcrops of the building over the river – each floor equipped with some of the most intelligent lighting and sound I have seen in a long time… But let me give you an understanding of the line up:
23:00 – 00:30 – Stephan Barnem
00:30 – 02:00 – Shall Ocin
02:00 – 03:30 – Gardens of God
03:30 – 05:30 – Danny Daze
05:30 – 07:00 – Stephan Bodzin
23:00 – 01:15 – Fango
01:15 – 03:30 – Gabriel Ananda
03:30 – 04:45 – Agents Of Time (live)
04:45 – 07:00 – Rebolledo
23:00 – 01:30 – Benjamin Alexander
01:30 – 02:30 – Aera (live)
02:30 – 05:00 – Tsepo
Now I’m going to give you 5 names that you IMMEDIATELY need to begin following, you’ll thank me and the Techno Gods as I have never heard such incredible music in my life.
SHALL OCIN – His set has to be hands down my set of the week (close battle with Max Cooper). He’s part of the Ellum team but it was one of the smoothest, most sophisticated sets I’ve heard in a while.
GARDENS OF GOD – When people in Cape Town tell you that if you miss this guy, you’re missing out on life, they’re right.
AGENTS OF TIME – An act that was truly a class above everyone else during his time slow. Impeccable song choice and flawless mixing.
GABRIEL FUCKING ANANDA – I have no words, following him, like him, and make sure you keep up to date with his latest releases
DINO LENNY – He opened the main floor and knew exactly how to turn an empty room into a banging dance floor.
We left the party at around 7am after bouncing between Bodzin and Maceo’s set, and I might get a little bit of shit for saying this but Bodzin absolutely murdered Maceo at that time of the morning. Take absolutely nothing away from Maceo’s set, it was world class but I had just seen Bodzin little blow the roof off.
Massive thanks to Brendon Geary and Ellum manager Jerome for sorting us out the way they did. BACKSTAGE!”