Review: The Council presents Charlotte de Witte

4/2/2017

Charlotte de Witte is already an established figure in the techno world although she is still only in her early twenties. Shedding her previous alias ‘Raving George’ for her current moniker in 2016, Charlotte de Witte’s rise has since been meteoric though not unexpected. This time, she heads to Singapore for her debut, with Seoul, Korea the only other stop on her Asian tour.

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Julien Brochard got the night started off with a (relatively) softer sounding set that gradually increased in intensity, playing tracks such as Frankey & Sandrino’s “Acamar” and Daniel Bortz “Don’t Forget Your Sword”. Once Charlotte de Witte took over, she wasted no time in settling down as the energy and punch of the kick drum immediately went up a notch. Her 4-hr set was impressively mixed and well-selected, barring some slight technical difficulties. Thankfully, Julien Brochard came to the rescue for the first issue with a handy change of cables.

Charlotte de Witte clearly has a soft spot for vocal techno tracks and this was the dominant theme in her set. In fact, the first two hours almost felt like a monologue as a speaking voice was present in almost every other song and it was towards the end of the first two hours that we felt things got slightly dull and monotonous. With the benefit of hindsight, perhaps it was all by design as it made us extremely sensitive and receptive to the subsequent onslaught of melodies and chords. “Take You There” by Slam feat. TGV was a foreboding end to the first half as Charlotte de Witte then took us to a planet full of bleeps, laser leads and grainy textures. Like fellow countrywoman and her peer Amelie Lens two months ago, Charlotte de Witte also played Ben Klock’s “Subzero”, sending the floor into a frenzy. In addition, we are pretty sure Charlotte de Witte played a few of her own tracks, though we were only able to make out “Sehnsucht”, our favourite track of hers. David Temessi’s “Berghain” also deserves a mention as the repetitive chanting of “Berg-hain” (what else) hollowed out the walls of The Council and our eardrums.

Ending the set with her track “Varpulis”, the atmospheric tune (first and only of her set) was the perfect ending to the rewarding journey Charlotte de Witte had brought us on as she connected the dots between the seemingly disjointed segments. Julien Brochard then closed off the night for those who were half-awake but reluctant to stop dancing. Yet another night spent at The Council…

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