Field Maneuvers was an absolute dream, easily the best festival I’ve been to. Feeling a bit fragile as I head home but some brief highlights:
Solid Blake into Steffi into Ben Sims / DJ Bone was incredible, barely left the dance floor for all 7 hours. Steffi switching from fierce electro to banging full-throttle techno mode was such a good moment.
Laika tent on Saturday night had a nice run of proggy, spacey psy-techno from the Sub:system crew. DJ Wawa beforehand was a cool surprise having never heard of them before, more housey spacey melodic stuff - couldn’t shake an image of it being the type of music the pink panther would play as a DJ. It was their first gig in the UK, they seemed very touched by the big reception their set got.
dancing for hours in the sun for the Dalston Superstore takeover on the final day was a really fun vibe, plenty of silly tunes and big smiles (spotted the elderly owners of the country estate dancing away too having a great time when Buggery Grips was playing).
Miro Sundaymusiq b2b Tsuniman was an epic journey, quite psychedelic, trippy techno that kept building. First bit of Optimo’s closing set was also really strong.
didn’t spend much time in the main tent, caught some of Hannah Holland b2b Josh Caffe, NIKS b2b Baby K, and Danielle, who were all good fun.
Sound was incredible in each tent, ambient stage was lovely, people were amazingly friendly everywhere. Special shout out to the veggie fritters which were fantastic. Definitely returning next year. Hope @Tuna had a nice weekend too!
Listened to it when it came out but reminded myself how good it was the other day. I’m hoping a CD order from Bleep will turn up; it’s sold out everywhere now.
Ayy glad you enjoyed. We had a tougher year as my partner was pretty sick so quite a few broken up sets and sitting down outside, but still saw a ton.
Friday properly got going with Solid Blake - great stuff. Ended up in the FM tent for Ahadadream x Manara which was belting - wonky bass, R&B edits, south asian flavour - then Bone and Sims. Thought it took a bit of time for them to meet in the middle but when it did it was good. Still annoyed we didn’t just get a pure Bone set really but what can you do. Caught a bit of Batu and Bake but had to call it at 4 - basically what you’d expect I think.
Saturday was silly - Toshiki Ohta, Aloka and Mixtress, Sharkey all bringing the vibes to Sputnik, Tim Reaper and T Dunn tearing the FM tent down. Sad I didn’t catch Chrissy. Truly blessed to have seen Hixxy and Sharkey in the same summer
Massively agreed on Dalston Superstore, very very silly. Dutty edits of Rhythm N Gash into Vengabus speaks for itself. Bored Lord and I Jordan wrapped it up perfectly.
Came second in the pub quiz - almost locked down tickets for next year. Free swag though! If you were there you’d have seen me doing the Carlton round
Love how themselves everyone seems to be there. Genuinely amazing. We were a group of 3+2 last year and like 15+ this year so had a lot less of the random chats with people, but seeing faces from last year was v heartwarming. Speaks volumes how many people go year after year and great you’ve caught the bug.
New HÖR set from Laurel Halo:
Dunno if this is the right thread to ask but does anyone here have any tips on what DJs might be playing 2step/garage/r’n’b stuff and what labels might be releasing this kind of thing in the year of our jfc 2023?
Bakey, Main Phase, Interplanetary Criminal, Y U QT, SP:MC has been on some really fun garage stuff, Girls don’t sync are always a lot of fun, everything on Hardline has been really great recently
Garage Girls run a party in Berlin that plays that sort of stuff - there’s a few DJs within that collective but can’t recall all their names.
Man, this SP:MC stuff is really sweet and kinda dark. I love it.
Not really what I was after - my stuff is much more hyped, pop/r’n’b, loads of vocals - but this is a really nice discovery, thanks
No probs. Of the ones I’ve listed, girls don’t sync probs fit the bill better! They’re an all female collective much like @suapth’s suggestion, don’t produce afaik just good fun, hype kinda poppy sets. Lots to be found on YouTube etc
And yeah, absolutely love this kinda darkside garage tip SP:MC has been on. Saw him do an hour of this stuff at Boomtown a couple weeks ago and it was extremely gratifying to hear this stuff played out on a big beefy rig.
off to lost village in the morning and feeling quite out of touch - anyone got any recommendations of newer artists on the techno/bass side of things rather than disco/house
Tonnes of names I’m not familiar with there too - think I’ve heard mixes from Club Fitness, Aletha and THC that have been more bass oriented. Seen Young Marco before doing a fairly techno heavy set but seems like recently he’s got a bit more trancey. Looks like a fun line up!
new AC inspired ambient tech / future sounds
“Wick & Wax” off the new Barker EP is one of my absolute fave tunes of the year. Just blissful.
album out next month - fucking get in
missed this when it was released, the EP is great thanks for posting!