Saturday, 21 February 2015

Audio / Warehouse 50 - Pablo Contraband

AUDIO / WAREHOUSE 50 compiled by Pablo Contraband

So the time has come for Audio and it's in-house Saturday night Warehouse to close their doors for the final time. New owners are planning the refit and relaunch, Patterns being the chosen moniker for the all new era. They will re-open in May.

I've had the pleasure of working at Audio and Above Audio for the last 7 years or so, I started under David Parr at what was Summer of Love, where I played under the name DrkHrse.  Soon after this came Matt Bassant and Robbie Whishaw who introduced me to Audio's charismatic owner John Holland - by now I was Pablo Contraband and promoted my night Disco Deviant.

Audio is far more to me than a mere nightclub, I was a part of the place. I worked hard to get a residency and then I just belonged there. Sentimental ramblings aside, I really can't say that about many venues, especially in this fast and often fickle environment. Over the years we've seen numerous venues come and go. Hype, hot air and the next big things rise and fall, time and again. All this occurring at an ever increasing velocity,  yet I have remained a resident DJ and promoter at this beloved venue. I feel very lucky to have been there until the end.

I started Disco Deviant and The Unity Agency whilst working for Audio and programmed Above Audio every Friday in 2014 - the year we won DJ Mag small club of the year. I have played with some amazing DJ's, alongside some hugely talented residents and guests alike. Learned so much, laughed so much and had some truly amazing nights there. I have absolutely loved every minute of it and am really grateful to have had the opportunity and support from the staff and the crowd week after week.

The door team, managers, DJs, bar staff and sound techs have always been like friends, welcoming and easy to deal with. Met so many sound people all from Audio; Albie, Bekki, Ambrose, Charlie, Jai, Tom Frisco, Justin, Oli Clark, Callum, Sophie, Neal, Charles, Battery Powered, Nick Sabin, Neil, Izzy, Milton, Lee, Ellie, Sasha, Marcus, Boycee, Cesare, Dre, Matt, Robbie and John.

As I will play my last two gigs at Audio on Sat Feb 21 (Warehouse) and Sat Feb 28 for the closing party I felt it fitting to put together a playlist of classic tracks from over the time I have played Audio and Warehouse. No doubt some glaring omissions but these things are always tricky to do, so I'm hoping to have captured a flavour of what went on in there over the years.

Audio + Warehouse All Time Classics (see youtube playlist)
Black Light Smoke – Lovework (DJ T remix)
Soundstream - Love Jam (Maceo Plex)
Marlon D, Bodhi Satva - Power of the drums (Marlon D tribal mix)
Barnt – Geffen
E-Versions – Mingo
Heretic –  Sharia Law (XY-Me mix)
Art Dept ft. Seth Troxler - Living the Life (Aba Therapy mix)
Hot Toddy – Mutha Sucka
Candi Staton – Hallelujah Anyway (Larse mix)
Soul Clap - Xtravaganza – Junction
Seelunluft - Manila (Headman remix)
Lil Louis - Y U Fall (Pablo Contraband DJ Edit)
KRL – Deep Down (Ethyl remix)
Chamboche – Mello (BLM digi remix)
Till von Sein - Non Existent Love (El Txef al)
Eats Everything - Entrance Song
Azari & III – Hungry for the Power (Jamie Jones)
Ejeca – Rosario (Mic Newman mix)
Kidnap Kid – Survive
Disclosure – F For U (TEED mix)
BAZAR – Hard to Find (Maceo Funk drop)
Fabio Gianelli – Maintain
Boddika – Heat
NTFO – Pendos
Got Me So – xxxy
Solomun – Boot Camp
Italojohson 7 – Track 2
Aden – Whip (Jimmy Edgar mix)
Literon – Freak Function
Justin Vandervolgen – Clapping Song
Alex Niggemann – Materium
PBR Streetgang – 2square
Tale of Us – Another Earth
Oni Ayhun – OAR 003 B
Locussolus – Berghain (Darkroom mix)
Scandal – Just Let Me Dance (Maxxi Soundsystem mix)
The Mole – Party Lockdown (DJ Sprinkles mix)
Throbbing Gristle – Hot on the Heels of Love (Eskimo Twins mix)
Midland - For (Yacht) Club Use Only
Late Nite Tuff Guy – I Get Deeper
Him Self Her – Heavy Rotation (Lars Moston and Teenage Mutants mix)
Nneka – Shining Star (Joe Goddard mix)
Josh Wink – Talking to You (Groove Mix)
Paul Woolford – Untitled
Disclosure – F for You (TEED)
Todd Terje - Ragysh

Foals – My Number (TEED mix)