XOYO – April 27th
Such is the demand for tonights show that, having sold out months in advance, Ben UFO takes to Twitter a couple of days before to reassure those in need of a ticket that plenty will be on the door if you arrive early enough. They were eagerly snapped up for good reason: the bill is stacked with heavyweights that immediately register as some of the most recognisable names in electronic music. In addition to the tantalising b2b2b that’s on offer between Ben, Objekt and Call Super, Karen Gwyer debuts a punishing set of new material while the promising figures of Peach and SPFDJ hold down Room Two. In short, it’s difficult to know where to dance.
We opt mostly for the raised platform of downstairs, where furious bursts of snarling jungle and throbbing, bubbling dubstep linger long in the memory. Indeed, a flurry of pleading posts find their way on to The Identification Of Music Group the morning after, as is tradition.
But, in addition to the tunes themselves, tonight is a powerful reminder of how exhilarating it is to witness masters of craft in such cavernous, sweaty surroundings. Ben can be forgiven for not releasing his own original material when he’s honed a curation style and live identity above pretty much anyone else in electronic music. Perhaps unassuming in person, but his selections undoubtedly pack an unpredictable punch.
With every passing run, whether it be Bicep, The Black Madonna or Ben himself, each residency at XOYO feels like a resounding success for a multitude of reasons: for some, it’s the fact it remains an affordable experience, while others view it as a crate-digger’s dream. Most revel in the sheer delight of having these world class artists on our doorstep for consecutive Fridays. More than anything, however, it reminds ravers how unique and utterly intoxicating London clubbing can be.
Full listings and tickets for Ben UFO’s XOYO residency can be found here.