When the British producer announced he would be hitting up Cabaret Voltaire this summer then, we predicted a night to remember filled with ear-blistering bass. Predictably, we were spot on.
Pearce’s hit with Black Orange Juice was just one of the pulsating parts of the night. Through an iPod, the summer-loving hook may be the most appealing segment of that particular record, but blast the Ben Pearce re-work through gigantic speakers and the funky bassline blaring throughout comes into its own. It’s pretty hard not to lose your shit when that beat kicks in. We didn’t resist the temptation.
From early in the set the Purp & Soul man had made his mark, signalling his arrival with an early play of the irresistible soul work on his remix of Le Youth’s ‘C O O L’. Here is where you want to be, go the lyrics. Seems appropriate enough.
Regarded by many as the current king of deep house, the music was dropping heavily all night, and the crowd soaking up every bit of it. From 90s vintage house to early post-millennium stuff and the more recent work from Pearce himself, the theme was hard-hitting, honest basslines that cued sweat and the usual shape-throwing dance moves seen all too often in the main room.
Guest DJ or no guest DJ, the sound system at Cab Vol is set up sweetly to pump out the bass, but when you’ve got a guy on decks renowned for making music that shakes dancefloors, the nights takes a bit of a step up.
Pearce’s ‘Lego’ EP seems tailor-made for the Cab Vols and Sub Clubs of the world. A packed in venue attempted to withstand the monumental G-force pounding from the speakers as the eponymous track of the EP delivered its funky twang. A relatively low roof, narrow room and a figurative shitload of people – the most exact of measurements – ensured it went down exactly how you’d imagine. There was a lot of passion packed into that room.
Before he got on to finishing off with ‘Predictable’ though, there was always a tune that Ben was going to have to unleash at some point to keep his crowd happy.
The signature, now fêted bassline thumps that signal the start of ‘What I Might Do’ arrived to literal squeals of excitement (check out the video below). It’s now a deep house classic for a reason. That initial drop is insane through my relatively well put together headphones, but when you crank it through the right sound system, the resulting sound is mouth-watering.
So shaken by the bass that night were we that we had to return to Cab Vol the following night to aid the recovery. We can’t be going cold turkey on deep house after such a hard hitting session of bass and electronic driven beats with Ben Pearce. I think it’s called ‘progressive recovery’.
Verdict: A sick night all in, packed with the positive vibes generated from a like-minded audience hungry for deep house, fat basslines and prepared at any minute to bust some unacceptable dance moves. We look forward to next time.
Shoutout to the top staff running the night and at ‘Cafe Voltaire’ above the club as well. They hooked us up with the amazing Pacman booth for pre-drinks upstairs. It’s pretty much a booth where you can play all sorts of arcade games for free – we stuck to Donkey Kong and Pacman – and it’s pretty freakin’ awesome.