Live Transmission: Blawan, Or:la, Malchance and Binary – Cold Blooded X The Wonder Pot, Liverpool

Blawan headed down to 24 Kitchen Street to blow the roof off with his brand of unapologetic techno. The Waveform Transmitter’s Tom Flaherty was there to get stuck in.

After a brief hiatus from the events scene, Cold Blooded returned to running parties back in September last year alongside The Wonder Pot, bringing some of techno‘s finest artists to 24 Kitchen Street for some dark parties.

This time they secured the services of Blawan who supported Jeff Mills last time he played in the city for Waxxx.

Seeing a DJ of Blawan‘s calibre in the intimate setting of a 250 capacity 24 Kitchen Street is enough to whet anyone’s appetite for the evening ahead, backed up by the fact it was a sell out.

The night took off from early doors with the crowd pouring in and reaching capacity before midnight; die-hard techno fans eager to party. First up, James Binary played back to back with Jacques Malchance, kicking things off in true Cold Blooded style with heavy hitting tunes to set the tone.

Acid sounds welcomed the crowd as Gesaffelstein‘s remix of The Hacker‘s Shockwave rang out with the words ‘ecstacy ecstacy‘ echoing around the room.

OR:LA took over at around midnight and didn’t hold back, continuing the vibe that Binary and Malchance had already set, playing an array of music from the piano riff driven Ad Infinitum, to the darker sounds of Nima Khak‘s Last Woman Standing, accompanied by chants of ‘Orla is a scouser‘ from the eager crowd.

You could sense the anticipation in the air as OR:LA‘s set drew to a close, waiting for the Yorkshire Ripper.

Fresh from playing at Germany’s legendary Berghain club the previous evening, Blawan took to the stage, kicking off straight away with his bag of tricks. Showcasing his brand of techno for two hours straight with the crowd paying attention to every move, it didn’t take long until shouts of ‘taps aff‘ came, accompanied by groups of people obliging, Terminus by Kessel played out to an abundance of shirts in the air being waved around vigorously.

The music got darker and darker, accompanied by a visual display behind Blawan which was enough to send anyone into a trance, with the words ‘you are all instruments‘ bouncing off the screen. Stegosauria by Mike Parker & Donato Dozzy sounded out towards the end of what was a well-crafted set from Blawan, the evening was then handed over to the capable hands of the Cold Blooded residents.

Toby Chang, Blenky, and Kevin rounded things off with the signature sounds of Cold Blooded, taking things into the early hours.

An all round great event with every artist bringing their all from the offset. We look forward to the next collaboration between The Wonder Pot and Cold Blooded, and hope to see Blawan around Liverpool in the near future.

Author: Ste Knight

Editor at The Waveform Transmitter. Lover of acid basslines, cavernous kick drums, and dark rooms. Cut his teeth to Surgeon's blistering techno assault at T-Funkshun in Liverpool and hasn't stopped for breath since.

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