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WHP Announce line-ups tomorrow

Two weeks ago the ball started rolling for the WHP with the monstrous opening weekend announcements. They fill in the gaps tomorrow, with this video whetting the appetites.

WHP – WTF!

I’ll be honest, I don’t normally subscribe the the open mouthed reactions line-ups get in clubland any more. Call me too long in the tooth, jaded, or just a miserable bellend, but to be honest they never really get me frothing at the mouth any more. The Warehouse Project just changed that.

Their opening weekend is beyond obscene. Friday kicks things off with a Rinse showcase which packs the likes of Katy B , Skream , Diplo, Zinc, Roska and Plastician into a bass music feast, but Saturday is just ridiculous for House and techno fans. Nicolas jaar playing live, Maya Jane Coles back to back with Heidi, Maceo Plex, Four Tet Dj Set, Seth troxler, Julio Bashmore, Bicep and fuckloads more in a ten hour assault on the senses.

Whatever your musical persuasuion, that weekend is HUGE. Beggars belief what the rest of the programme will include.

Skream & Benga’s show

Benga and Skream in Big Apple records Croydon, circa 2001 - photo by John Kennedy

When Gilles Peterson left BBC Radio One there was outcry. Quite why when his music was on at ridiculous times of the morning and definitely not for the youth (the whole premise of the station) was beyond me, particularly as this meant he would get a longer show in the daytime on 6Music. Although that tempered the sometimes colourful language of his show it made things better, and the results have been tremendous so far.

Also the most high profile arrivals on radio one have been similarly an inspired move. Even if you aren’t a fan of bass music in it’s myriad of forms the undoubted star quality of Skream & Benga has made for great radio, their patter between tunes thoroughly reflective of two young men whose musical ruminations have been slowly conquering the globe since they were teenagers. Dubbed as ‘Beats, Bass and Banter’ it’s classic dance music programming in the rich heritage of the BBC’s twenty plus years of pushing it, including Pete Tong, Annie Mac, Danny Rampling and even early Judge Jules.

Some of the sounds are a bit intense at times, especially for those of us the wrong side of 30, but everything from the Garage MC harkbacks to the show jacking (Tim Westwood received a hilarious rip of his RnB histrionics one week) makes for wonderful viewing. And the whole thing works like a DJ set as well, the sounds getting more and more speaker shredding as the evening goes on. If anything, this should really be a primetime slot on Saturday evening for the station.

The show starts at 11pm tonight, more details hit here.

Breakspear & Tech the Cat – Valentines Mix

This is a cheeky as you like mini-mix aping the theme of love in honour of the patron saint of said emotion, done with images and music in mind from William Breakspear & the Digital Cat. 2Pac, Skream, Chase & Status and Nate Dogg all add up to a smile inducing ten minutes. Once it’s over; feel free to go back to your tears over lack of cards.

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