Danny Howells tore it up in 24 Kitchen Street as he played a blistering set at Motion. Here’s The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight with the words.
Liverpool has long been a city that attracts some of the biggest names on the underground dance scene. Saturday, January 28th was no exception, as Motion brought none other than the legend that is Danny Howells to Liverpool for their first party of the year, and boy, was it a party.
We arrived at 24 Kitchen Street as Welsh duo Brodyr were slamming it down with some lovely chunky house cuts. As their set drew on, it became apparent that they were laying down some altogether darker tracks, the intention of which was presumably to pave the way for Motion rezzie Prudence to take to the decks.
Prudence’s set switched everything up a notch or two, as he injected more energy into the room in his own inimitable style. Techno was the order of the day, as Chris flitted from heavy hitter to heavy hitter, never once letting the crowd stop for a breather.
Midnight rolled around much quicker than expected, at which point it was time for Howells to take to the decks, and in an act of seamless perfection he blended his set into the tail-end of Prudence’s.
Danny is no stranger to dropping delectable sets, and it is fair to say he has had a lion’s share of his recorded mixes released via appearances on some of the most well-known mix series’ going, including Global Underground, Hernan Cattaneo’s Balance, and indeed his own Nu-breed collection.
Tonight Danny demonstrated exactly what makes him such a successful DJ and producer. Not a single beat was dropped for the entirety of his four-hour set, which featured some sublime tracks from the DJ’s collection.
There were moments when our arms were raised high in the air, outstretched and beckoning for pleasure to wash over us in waves, as the euphoria Howells was creating whipped the crowd up into a joyous frenzy.
Howells would then pull the carpet right from under our feet as he dropped tracks like Richie Hawtin’s No Way Back, and Clarian’s Ankh to name but a few, sending us into heads-down, fists-pumping mode.
It was fairly obvious that Danny didn’t want to stop playing, in much the same way that we didn’t want him to. Sadly, as 4 am came round, it was time for the lights to go up and Danny’s set to draw to a close.
It is without doubt that Motion have started 2017 with a sprint out of the starting blocks. Danny Howells provided an amazing set, and one which we won’t be forgetting in a hurry.
Next up for Motion is Umek at Underground, which takes place on March 3rd. No doubt that will be a belter, too.
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