Nathan Fake’s early promise has been fulfilled in production form thanks to his relentless new style heard on Hard Islands, and he’s going to be in demand on the live circuit if this album launch party is anything to go by. His headline set at London’s Corsica Studios proved he will be whipping up a storm on dancefloors having evolved from was a more considered approach to electronica until now.
Corsica Studios has the feel of an art gallery space more than a music venue, but it’s intimate white-walled spaces make for a cosy experience not often felt out in London until the early morning. Warming up the main room was Border Community’s new recruit Wesley Matsell who progressed from deep grooves to more energetic electro and techno as the place filled to bursting point. Outside the welcoming smoking area was a hive of activity where the trendy crowd gathered to chat about what was to come while in the second room Allez Allez were providing an alternative soundtrack to the evening.
“The Turtle” and “Castle Rising” became dance behemoths confounding expectations.
By the time Mighty Robot’s Operator took to the stage to showcase his new offering How To Make Bombs and Influence People, there was a riotous atmosphere in the main room. Operator, looking somewhat like a Middle Earth wizard, conjured up a set of pulsating electronica which made for an ideal taster for what was to come: Nathan Fake could be seen boshing his head to Operator’s set in approval as he stooped on the stage waiting his turn to entertain the crowd, and entertain he did. While his productions might give the impression Fake prefers a considered progression to his music, his live sets break down, cut up and generally play with every element of his tracks to deliver a more powerful edge. As a result, “The Turtle” and “Castle Rising” became dance behemoths confounding expectations and Fake ensured every drop was given an enthusiastic reception. Hard Islands may be the blueprint for his new live set, but you are only hearing the very basic materials he works with: be sure to see him manipulating his own work on a dancefloor near you to get the full intended effect of his tunes.
James Holden has never been a DJ to adopt a conventional take on dance music and took over from Fake to round off the night with a three hour set. Jumping from uplifting melodies to dirty beats, his eclectic style never fails to raise a few eyebrows which his tune selection which kept the main room full. He rounded off with Fake’s “Basic Mountain” and his own slice of audio heaven, “Lump”. However, the star of the night was undoubtedly Fake: he is producing complex, forward-thinking electronica up there with the likes of Aphex Twin, LFO and Clark. His future productions are going to be eagerly awaited.