Indeed, the night was stacked with a chilled blend of music which ranged through a couple of different genres and styles but stuck loosely to a policy of funky and soulful deep house which filled the downstairs cave setting of Cabaret Voltaire perfectly.
On entry to the venue though, we descended down to find a distinct lack of people, as we had arrived pretty early on (too keen for the gig). Needless to say, we did what any reasonable person would in the situation and headed straight for the bar.
Drinks prices were pretty reasonable at £2.50 for a vodka/rum and mixer or £2.80 for a can of Red Stripe – that classic Cab Vol beverage. As we sat and drank the tunes continued to drop and we heard one of the best sets in the venue that we’ve heard in some time when Lovebirds took to the decks. A high compliment to say the least given the high profile clientele being attracted to Cab Vol right now.
There was a variety of style and genres on offer from Lovebirds, but a distinctly old school theme could be found throughout the work on the night.
The summer vibes were apparent from the start as well, with Lindstrom’s remix of Grizzly Bear track ‘Gun Shy’ packing up the nightclub with a funky sounding made up of rhythmic synths and bouncing electronic beats.
Lovebirds 808ies Matrix mix of his own ‘Holdin’ On’, which features soft vocals from Lisa Shaw, impressed shortly after. The track features an irresistible 80s-style bassline twang which when banged out through the impressive speakers at Cabaret Voltaire, meant it was near enough impossible not to turn on the dance moves.
The likes of Gypsy Men’s ‘Hear The Music’ and Kink’s ‘Hand Made’ furthered the back to the future vibe of the night with that signature funky sound that has re-risen from the ashes recently to massive public love.
The disco vibes were cemented by the German producer as he continued to churn out beauties – Tony Lionni’s ‘Higher Ground’ landing to great reaction as the synthetic twang and circling funk beat reverberated off the walls of the caved venue, and MK’s now renowned ‘Burning’ setting off some more drunken dance moves in a room where the audience and the DJ were clearly on the same page.
All in all, this was a very strong set from Lovebirds, a producer who has continues to go from strength to strength. The theme of the set was clear was early on, and the old school, funky house bangers didn’t stop landing until the night was over.
This kind of night highlights the way that Cabaret Voltaire has turned in recent years; it’s the place to be for house/electronic music and once again it did not disappoint.