There are only a couple of Midnight Shift events each year but what they lack in quantity, they make up for in quality. Following on from the last showcase with Deetron, Midnight Shift has outdone itself with Hodge, Marco Bernardi and Wahono. A night where sonic boundaries were challenged and torn down, it was by far the best night thus far we have covered at Kilo.
For starters, it was not the typical night of house and techno. If one could not already glimpse it from the line-up, it was apparent from the opening act Wahono. He is the label head of DIVISI62 and recently had a limited vinyl release on Maddjazz that was sold out before you even knew about it. Veering between techno, breaks and experimental, Wahono warmed up the crowd for a night of non 4/4 stuff.
Marco Bernardi was up next on the roster and he came on at midnight to continue the experimental direction of the night. With a surprisingly receptive crowd in attendance, Marco began taking risks that bordered on the fringe of absurdity. Midway through his set, Marco went a good 5 – 10 minutes without a kick drum. The absurdity was only trumped by the fact that he pulled it off successfully.
Hodge, of Livity Sound fame, took over at about 130am. By that time, the night had already acquired a momentum of its own, one that foretold what would come in the last half hour. In his set, Hodge was already dropping the occassional 2-step garage or dubstep between crowd favourites like Denis Sulta’s “It’s Only Real”. The true highlight of the night was, however, when Hodge and Marco Bernardi went B2B for the last hour. Jungle, D&B and dubstep took over the Funktion One speakers and the BPM shot up to 150-160. On a usual night, the crowd usually coalesce towards the front as the dancefloor empties out. Last night, the reverse happened as the remaining crowd spread out again. It was as if the increase in BPM had the same effect on the crowd as an increase in temperature has on particles.
Like we said at the beginning, this was by far the most forward-thinking night of music we’ve seen at Kilo. For a night, the trio connected the dots between techno and the seemingly disparate genres of D&B, dubstep, jungle and 2-step, proving the age-old adage that music has no boundaries true.