Carl Cox – One Night Stand @ Amnesia, Monday July 2nd 2018

by Tighearnan O’Neill

On Monday 2nd of July I travelled by Discobus to Amnesia in San Rafael for One Night Stand. The event hosted by Carl Cox is one of just a few parties he’s playing at on the White Isle this summer. The line-up itself was impressive, featuring; Carl himself, Cassy, Saoirse and Drumcode boss Adam Beyer.

As I entered the Amnesia Terrace at the start of Carl’s set, the room was a heaving mass moving as one. An impressive array of lasers on a lowered truss above the crowd created a spectacle in itself. Amnesia’s V-Prof PA system sounded punchy and has proved popular with DJs over the years. The crowd was a diverse mix of young and old clubbers; one can see fresh faced 18 year olds in the crowd dancing alongside European couples in their 40’s and 50’s, then there’s the international jet-set from around the world, and some of the most beautiful women you’ll see anywhere on the planet.

As far as DJs go, there are few who have the innate ability to walk into a room and set it alight from the word go, Carl is one the aforementioned few. As expected, his set centred around relentless Techno, solid bass and uncompromising groove. His track selection has an old skool tinge as records such as Manalive Dark by Devilfish sit alongside the timeless Techno classic Age of Love, through to the acid sounding Whitesquare Mix of Breaker by Andre Crom. Carlo Lio’s mix of Call It Techno by Frankie Bones gets a good crowd reaction as does the pneumatic and industrial sounds of Criminish – Hypnotize. Then Carl moves us into more melodic territory with the German 90’s Trance sounding Aurora by Kevin De Vries. Aurora mixes perfectly into the utterly sublime Photon by Deetron creating a very halcyon, nostalgic aura, that few in the club will forget any time soon.

In the Club Room we catch Cassy who is headlining the space. Her set is on a much more Housey tip than the Terrace. She finishes her set with the jackin’ CASSIMM – MacEro which is a very Balearic sounding record.

Shortly after this it’s back onto the Discobus for the return journey home to San Antonio, the sun creeps above the hills painting the sky into a beautiful mauve and orange hew.

Now one week on from the event I ask myself, “Would I like to do it all over again?” One can only answer as Carl Cox himself would, “Oh Yes! Oh Yes!”

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