So this weekend I had the pleasure of playing 2 sets, for 3 of my favourite Edinburgh clubbing brands as visitors and residents alike looked to enjoy the last weekend of the festival.
First up was Sugarbeat and Musika's Festival Closing party with Tiga and they certainly closed the festival in style with all 3 rooms of Cab Vol absolutely jumping. In the main room Derek Martin took control early on with some deep, funky house to get the crowd moving, including Maceo Plex's phenomenal remix of Azari & III's 'Manic',
Azari & III - Manic (Maceo Plex Remix)
Then the hosts and residents, The Utah Saints, took to the decks and brought things a bit darker, dropping some heavy techno to an increasingly busy main room, with a sprinkling of more house orientated tunes such as Style Of Eye's smash 'We Are Boys' to mix things up.
Style Of Eye - We Are Boys
After this Tiga took to the stage, to the crowd's adulation and I moved to the Speakeasy to take control of the decks for an hour, taking over from Sugarbeat residents Trilogy who dropped some fantastic house including Oliver $'s smash 'Doin' Ya Thang'
Oliver $ - Doin' Ya Thang
I played an hour of house and disco, including my current go to tune Waifs & Stray's 'Yeah Yeah', before stepping things up into jackin house at the end from Solo & Scrubfish.
Waifs & Strays - Yeah Yeah
Scrubfish - Holla If You Came To Funk
At 3, Musika resident Laurie Neil took over control and I went to check Tiga, who was, predictably, killing a jam-packed main room with his trademark heavy techno sound.
ZZT - ZZAfrica
Leaving a sweating, heaving main room, I made my way back to the Speakeasy to play the last hour, after Laurie ended on the magnificent Benoit & Sergio's 'Principles' I played an hour of downtempo Nu-Disco to close out what had been a night to remember!
Principles by benoitandsergio
Benoit & Sergio - Principles
Big thanks to Musika & Sugarbeat for having me and for putting on such a massive night, watch out for both brands over the coming months as they deliver the cream of electronic music on monthly Saturdays (Musika) and Fridays (Sugarbeat)
Then on Saturday I had the honour of returning to Cab Vol, this time in the mainroom for Karnival, warming up for Made To Play (& Play It Down) head honcho and all round house legend Jesse Rose. I played from opening until 12.15, starting with an empty room and ending up having played one of the funnest sets I've ever done. I started out with nu-disco from Tensnake, Aeroplane and Tiger & Woods before building up to house and techno from the likes of Lee Foss, Clockwork, Julio Bashmore and Danny Daze.
Danny Daze - Fall Away From Love
Christophe - The Force (Julio Bashmore Remix)
Karnival Resident Stu Todd then took over, dropping some fantastic house tunes, including Maceo Plex's smash 'Falling' and Oliver $'s remix of Made To Play newcomer, Homework's Rally Racquet Club, before smashing 2011 anthem 'Battle For The Middle You' getting the crowd suitably hyped for the main man Jesse Rose.
Maceo Plex - Falling
Julio Bashmore - Battle For The Middle You
Jesse Rose then took control to a suitably rammed main room, and things went up another notch, with Jesse showing exactly why he's such a legend in the game, whilst Laurence Nolan and Jordan Cochrane delivered a deeper vibe in the second room. For the second night in a row CabVol was absolutely bouncing!
Black Rose (Jesse Rose & Henrik Schwarz) - Anthem
Many thanks to Karnival for having me to play and I look forward to seeing who they have in the future, if you're ever around Edinburgh it is a must visit for the finest in house & techno!