Review: Troupe – 4.11.13
Troupe have been a staple of the London nightlife circuit for some time now. Still on the rise, the label-run night has brought through it’s doors some of the finest bookings. This year alone includes the likes of newly lauded Shadow Child, Citizen, Detroit Swindle, Nonplus boss Boddika, and Swamp81‘s very own Loefah; not to mention huge bookings at Sankey‘s Ibiza and the prestigious Dimensions Festival.
Tim Hinson and SharkBait heated things up in room 1, inaugurating the post-midnight party with Him Herself‘s ‘Gone Too Long‘ and Paul Woolford‘s Summer hit ‘Untitled’. Flirting around deep-house vibes, SharkBait edges into light-hearted shades of tropical but seamlessly drifts back into the darker hustlings of Ten Wall‘s huge ‘Gotham’ release – which I had the pleasure of hearing again only 10 minutes later (albeit very much welcomed) in room 2, spun by formidable DJ duo Vercetti. Room 2 on the whole provided selections of deeper, minimal house and was actually my room of preference for the night. Also heading up room 2 on the night were Deelux Audio, consistently churning out bangers like Darius Syrossian and Josh Butler‘s ‘Bass Play’ (the latter of which will be part of a brilliantly selected line-up for Troupe alongside MK and Chesus in November) and Hot Since 82‘s huge remix of ‘Beg’. Solid mixing and great track selections throughout actually made for my favourite set of the night from room 2.
Real Connoisseur, although enjoyable at times, was fairly underwhelming, who seemed to clutch for more than was necessary. Though the variation and break-up in styles was needed, he lost any form of continuity that had been present before with, at times, poorly mixed carnival sounds and tropical house. However upon direct comparison to SharkBait’s fabulous set previously this is but a testament to Troupe’s homegrown talent. Equally underwhelming was a fairly boring 2 hour set from Finnebassen, which to be fair, was due to the fact that he wasn’t able to attend as he was ill; so his set was non-existent. As unfortunate as this was, this actually meant that the Troupe DJs had the opportunity for extended sets and were able to push the party into its peak hours.
Danny Daze brought a welcome surge of highly accessible techno, and the bass-heavier side of house, a crate digger since birth (almost), his track selections provided for entertainingly less predictable numbers. Breaking up the harder techno mixes with upbeat Chicago-style numbers like Fodera‘s ‘Should Be’ and deep acid licks such as Deetron‘s ‘Every Inch’ remix were a welcome feature of the set. The night ended with some b2b action from Troupe’s very own self-titled duo. Still going strong, relentless drops of big room house and techno took us all the way to lights-on. Though not the strongest line-up for Troupe, the event was still packed, and a nice atmosphere with little, if any, hostility made for a good night of no-strings house.
Partly my preference for room 2 on the night was down to sound quality. Though the room was slightly too small for a couple of stacks at the back, the clarity was miles better than it was in the main room, and more often than not, people mistake volume for quality; the set-up in room 1 wasn’t quite up to the mark with murky mids and lows being the usual culprits. Despite this the sound was still good and the Sidings Warehouse is a brilliant venue for these nights (for those of you not familiar this is a little introduction to the venue). Friendly door staff and security go a long way, Troupe has it down.
DJs dropping out last minute is a nightmare that every promotor should be prepared for and it has to be said Troupe handled it comfortably. Their cohort of resident DJs are sure to become prominent players on the London scene and can guarantee you a night of quality music. Troupe are doing a lot of right things, and if you haven’t yet managed to attend, make sure you get down soon.
Troupe will be keeping the fire with Jackmaster headlining in a couple of weeks with a DJ set from Chunky and an appearance from Klose One for their Halloween Special on the 25th October. A second Halloween instalment of Troupe vs Regulate will feature the unmissable (really, you’d be silly not to see him live) EZ, alongside Hannah Wants and Artificial Colours. Don’t sleep.