Project / Spinning through the year

Project is turning one this Saturday. Joe Kelly reflected on the past 12 months, offering up some tracks to summarise each night because really, nothing says it better than music.

Project is turning one this Saturday, and its calling in Frits Wentink & Jon K to help it celebrate. Learn more about the party here.

In club night terms, turning one is a pretty big deal, especially when it keeps on getting stronger with every ‘do. In order to get to know project better Joe Kelly, one half of Project alongside Kristen Morrow, reflected on the past 12 months, spinning through the year by offering up some tracks to summarise each night because  really, nothing says it better than music.

If you’ve been going to Project from the start, take a trip down memory lane and if not, get to know. Take it away Joe:

Night 1 : Project presents chaos in the CBD:

Chaos In The CBD – Midnight in Peckham

This song came on close to the end of Chaos in the CBD’s set and topped a great first night for us. A warm groovy deep house track which was what got me into these guys, real crowd pleaser!

 

Night 2: A night with O’flynn & Izem:

O’Flynn – Tyrion

Enormous track that I had head the previous summer, again another one that got me listening to O’Flynn. I would say this was probably one of my favourite moments at project. It was the last track O’Flynn played and the remaining heads were all bunched up in front of the decks bouncing in sync, it picked the energy levels in the room back up and rounded off a very fun night!

 

Night 3: Project presents Anthony Naples:

Powder – Afrogran

I have been a big fan of Anthony’s productions for a long time and after seeing him in Porto last summer along with very brief chat we arranged a date for him to come visit Notts! He was awesome and probably the most technical DJ we have had! The most memorable track for me that night was Afrogran by a new producer/DJ called Powder, I was hooked to it and ended up asking Naples for the track that night!.

 

Night 4: A night with Florist + Lukas Wigflex:

H.O.M – two days with Inor

This was wasn’t our busiest night with a lot of other events going on that night but musically it was probably one of our best. We brought in Canadian producer/DJ Florist to share some of the Canadian Riviera rhythms and Nottingham Bosman Lukas Wigflex. I wanted them to do a b2b session for this event even though they usually play very different stuff and it ended up being epic, Lukas certainly brought out Florist’s inner demon. This tack was one that Florist played not long after the B2b had begun.

 

Night 5: DJ Fett Burger + LNS:

Osunlade – Mommas Groove

Our favourite night to date! Fett burger is one of my favourite DJs out there at the minute and it was a genuine pleasure to see him do his ting in Nottingham. Both Fett and LNS slayed the decks and kept people dancing right until the lights were turned on. So many amazing tracks that night but I have a soft spot for Osunlade, and I took time out to have a groove to it.

Night 6: …

Join Project this Saturday at the Irish Centre. Find out more online.

Petrichoralia / Berlin-ready concrete jewellery

With its industrial material and geometric shape, it’s a beautiful, brutalist creation that is perfect for fist pumping to any factory-fuelled techno tune.

Alongside the labels, records, promoters and venues, style is a big part of clubbing culture. Dressing up, ‘feeling the part’ and donning your dance-floor armour is as much an element of the revellery fuelled lifestyle as the actual dancing that takes place in your latest finds, and we only need to look at ringleaders such as the dashingly dressed Andrew Weatherall or Robot Heart aficionado, Damian Lazarus for proof of this.

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So, I’m going to tell you about a local brand that is responsible for my latest disco dressing weapon. Petrichoralia.

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This Derby based, husband and wife ran business hand-crafts jewellery and accessories from concrete, with the odd helping of silver or gold paint to finish. Its range includes cufflinks, earrings, necklaces and more, but it was the ring that won me over.

With its industrial material and geometric shape, it is a beautiful, brutalist creation that is perfect for fist pumping to any factory-fuelled techno tune. With a trip to Berlin coming up, I’m hoping that when my fingers are crossed wearing a ring as appropriate as this, it’ll give me the luck I need to gain entry to that elusive techno church.

Industrial techno for an industrial accessory 

As well as its Etsy store, Petrichoralia is stocked at the Avenue BC shop in Sneinton market, but I hunted down my hard-wearing knuckle duster at the Handmade Nottingham market.

Happy browsing x

Project turns 1 / Frits Wentink & Jon K

It’s amazing how much can happen in a year. And with life being so busy, this gem of a night has launched and enjoyed a successful 12 month run without me getting to know about it until about a month or so ago, when it invited LSN and DJ Fett Burger to town.

In this year it has hosted Anthony Naples, O’Flynn, iZem and Chaos in the CBD. Now, Project celebrates its first birthday on 1st April, taking place at the Irish Centre, and you’d be a fool to miss it.

While I am the first one to praise Nottingham’s nightlife, beyond the ‘fuck off’ mega techno stompers other parties bring to Notts, I often crave to see more of the smaller guys, the lower-key but high-fun DJs that function in the underground, in this city. Leftback Records does a good job of filling this space, as does/did South Jack Street. Project also fits this bill exactly, bringing ‘vibes a plenty’ to its ‘stream of ‘carefully curated electronic music events’.

Bringing these vibes for its first birthday is Frits Wentink & Jon K, with Youssef Sallam taking care of the warm up duties.

Project does a pretty good job of introducing these guys on its Facebook page. Here, the sound can do the talking:

 

While I’ve only been to one Project, I’d highly recommend making its first birthday your debut visit to the night if it had managed to pass you by for a whole year too. A small, fun and friendly crowd with excellent tunes is guaranteed.

Get your party poppers ready x

Project turns 1 on 1st April, bringing Frits Wentink, Jon K and Youssef Sallam to supply the party tunes. Join the celebrations here.

 

A reflection on Max Cooper / Wigflex @ Brickworks

One week on, after the dust has finally settled from that mind expanding evening, it’s time to reflect upon what actually happened in that warehouse when it was put under the creative control of Mr Max.C

When I, and the rest of the Nottingham clubbing community, heard that Wigflex booked Max Cooper to show us his new Emergence album /AV show/ concept, we got very excited. I can speak on behalf of everyone there when I say that we were not disappointed.

One week on, after the dust has finally settled from that mind expanding evening, it’s time to reflect upon what actually happened in that warehouse when it was put under the creative control of Mr Max.C

He played non-stop for 8 hours

Pretty incredible. I arrived at about 12:30, missing the warm up DJ set and propelling myself right into the biological evolution themed rabbit hole that was Emergence. Judging by the perfection of the set that followed on from the Emergence live show, I’m sure that the warm up mix would have been equally as fitting, setting the mood in true, professional style.

Max Cooper Emergence

I’m still getting my head around the Emergence live show

In the best possible way. The huge LED screen wall behind the DJ booth in Brickworks was perfect for projecting  the carefully planned visuals onto, taking us all on a never-ending journey through science and sound. These sounds, performed live, were as diverse as  the visuals, yet the underlying theme that tied them together was obvious. With images of cell-like forms, space-scapes, the mechanics of a working human body, alien like fetuses and pulsating concrete-jungle cities, when he described it as a story of natural laws and processes, their inherent beauty, and their action to yield the universe – he wasn’t lying! The sonic mood switched from calm and serene to a glitch fuelled ruckus, with the background video reflecting the energy of the tracks played at every moment. Working together in perfect harmony, the ‘break downs’ that occurred were simply euphoric and, listening back to videos recorded of the show, the audience was amazed, watching in silence. After overhearing conversations in the smoking area, I’m sure many epiphanies were had on that night…

The set that followed the show was fantastic

And made it feel like I’d had two different nights in one.

When the Emergence show reached its climax it was clear the the stunned crowd needed a moment or two to gather their thoughts before they dusted off their disco shoes. As those famous piano chords of Orbital – Belfast kicked in, Max gave us the perfect setting to do so. I honestly can’t think of a tune that suited that mood so perfectly, making it a memory that will sit in my mind forever. Smiles and hugs all round.

Raw, rolling stompers and space age beats continued throughout the night, and after every break I took outside, the dance floor seemed to step up a gear every time I re-entered it. Tracks that stood out to me were the classic Dopplewhipper – Gabriel Anada, before it turned into a jungle/breakbeat explosion, kicked off with the equally as iconic Warp records banger,  LFO – LFO

The fabulous Identification of Music Facebook group has also provoked some memories by shedding light on some more tracks from the night, to give an idea of the variation played by Max. After that set, it makes me wish I was in Notts during the Firefly days when he was a resident even more.

With previous bookings such as Paranoid London, Marcel Dettmann, Helena Hauff and even Max Cooper playing for Wigflex previously, this show was a special treat like no other, even standing out against the consistently premium selection of events from Wigflex. Hats off to Lukas and Max.