The Deep Into Soul/Tastebudz Events team scored with a killer formula to celebrate their fourth birthday on the terraces and inside of Prince Of Wales. Coinciding with Valentine’s night this was certainly the place to be as the crowd descended early to soak up the birthday vibes. From terrace to dance-floor and just enough room, made for the most successful as well as cosiest nights for a cold February night and that didn’t even include the music!
Definitely having something to be jubilant about with some of the most talked about summer terrace party’s which have featured Rich Medina, Joey Negro, Karizma and DJ Spinna. It’s secret warehouse parties have gone down as nothing less than legendary with some of the hottest and current DJ’s literally turning up the heat on the deep & soulful sessions. Collaborations with SuncéBeat and now Mi–Soul in Ibiza for the closing parties later on this year will cement this boutique underground house music brand as the most prominent night to be seen. Love was unquestionably in the house as the laid back vibes of the themed terrace upstairs filtered into deeper tones as you passed the second room and entered into the sea of music lovers in the heat of the main room.
Stripping it right back to basics with just the decks, mixer and sound system (removal of fancy stage and props) got the crowd upfront and personal for a pleasing and intimate session. David Bailey set the night’s party off with a buzz and prequel to the kind of night that was in store. Already proving to be a ‘hot favourite’ around town Bailey got some great exposure debuting at last year’s Ceremony festival with Ted Lawrence for Groove Odyssey and hasn’t looked back since. Make no mistake he is one to watch this year and is attracting a lot of attention with a musical maturity far beyond than his thirty-plus years. This kid is fearless and knows how to make you bump and groove mixing it up with the sounds of Sean McCabe, and Kerri Chandler and everything in between. Extremely exquisite musical taste he’s got style and dropped a set that one could call prêt á porter, his style clearly reflecting his personality one of pure joy and being in the moment.
Pumping up the volume and pace next on the decks were one of my personal underground house favourites Rhemi Music. The team Neil Pierce and Ziggy Funk had a phenomenal year in 2014 scoring some big-hitting vocalists in the form of Lynn Lockamy, Tess Leah and Nicole Mitchell, are known for their signature big-beats and heavyweight production skills on their tracks. Dropping it hot just like on their production as soon as the pair donned the decks, these two wasted no time in getting their crowd going. Pierce sporting a baker-boy cap was clearly getting down to business is going from strength to strength as the cornerstone of the UK’s deep house scene. The back-to back session of heavenly soulful tracks laced with some serious funky and addictive bass-lines reflective of Rhemi ethos had everyone in a chorus of ‘oohs and aahs‘ amidst the ocean of nodding heads and swaying bodies. The looks on everyone’s faces was enough to know that these two just hit the mark on the bullseye, big-beats and hot rhythms the order of the night for all.
Upstairs in the small room delivering a dose of all things Afro in house music genre was DJ Shaun Ashby. Playing and eclectically-cool set which was diverse in sound as it was in African-inspired overtones, showcased more vocal tracks and an uplifting undercurrent. Introducing jazzier and Latin-American influences as well as more experimental sounds in the form of Ross Hillard and broken beat remixes in-between classic Afro anthems, proving there can be versatility and lightness to this genre when approached intelligently. Rocking it out deep towards the end without losing the versatility was an apt delivery as a cue for DJ Fiddla. HouseFM resident with his Moving Deep Show kept the continuity with added depth. An integral part of the city’s pirate radio station history Fiddla has developed his brand on deep Afro house. A no-holds-barred journey into the deep is exactly what we got. Pulsating beats drunk on rhythmic, vibrating bass-lines soaked up the dance-floor leaving everyone in a hypnotic state of euphonic movement. That little room was very addictive indeed – whoops and claps a plenty, if there are some real bad men in this genre DJ Fiddla as to be one of them. Nice and high vibes made for a space that remained full until the end of the night
Meanwhile downstairs Grant Nelson took to the helm. Mixing it up with old and new was the grand wizard of UK underground genres. Absolutely flying the flag for the London’s future underground sounds with his updated Nice’n’Ripe model nestled comfortably alongside some old-school garage and house classics. Currently remixing for some of the UK’s hottest talent around Labrinth, Sam Smith and Avicii has kept the producer in-flux and in demand. Dropping a few updated classics for 2015 had everyone lip-syncing along. Big bass-lines ahoy all the way from the man who’s extremely light on his feet you could feel the bass from down below! Rinsing tunes all the way a key signature of Nelson and those who love his sound showed their appreciation.
Coming in after a synchronised change over with Grant Nelson which met with applause, DJ Spen got right down to it on the decks. A long-time favourite of mine there’s not a lot he can do wrong in my eyes, with a work ethic like his. Voted number one soulful artist in the Traxsource charts last year Spen remains fresh and ever current with the aid of his two new labels Quantize and Unquantize and a serious array of talent on the roster. Already a legend for us over here he’s responsible for some of our deepest and hottest house anthems of the
last decade. The fans were out in full force – right up close and personal as Spen rocked away with a series of serious gospel inspired house tracks a stable favourite of the crowd. Delving into deeper beats once comfortable and in fifth gear mode came the unison raising of hands and chorus’ of ooh’s á la lovemaking on the dance-floor. Exceptional soulful vocal house I expected nothing less from this DJ as he’s never disappointed me yet, I always get a quality night with lots of memories and this was no different.
A night of great vibes and a well executed line-up ensured everyone was catered for. Dressed to the nines, packed to the rafters all night and still rocking to the end; Deep Into Soul may need to find a new home for it’s regular members and new converts.
Review by Sandra Swaybe-Barrett
Don’t forget Deep Into Soul future diary dates:
Sunday June 14th opening party 4-11pm
Sunday July 19th 4-11pm
Sunday August 23rd 4-pm
Saturday September 26th closing party 4pm-4am