The return of Detroit legend Moodymann came with plenty of anticipation and excitement. A packed out smoking area and jumped up punters standing in the Marble Factory queue added to the atmosphere that was already filled with joy and high hopes, not only for the Detroit selector’s performance but for a showcase of some of the finest selectors in the scene. Presented by the Bristol-based Love International crew, acts like Todd Terje (with his DJ set), Josey Rebelle and Ellie Stokes reassured the crowd. Before they got in the dance knew they were in the safe hands. Tonight the turntables would do the talking, nothing else mattered.
Delightful, warm and euphoric vibrations entice us in to Motion’s Marble Factory. House, disco and techno reverberated through the room as a deep orange sunrise takes place behind the decks.
A silhouette puts the needle to the groove as Josey Rebelle takes over from Ellie Stokes
A silhouette puts the needle to the groove as Josey Rebelle takes over from Ellie Stokes. The crowd continues to move, a sea of people synchronise and bounce to each track that Josey lays out for them. Crunchy, funky basslines possess the party people and strobes transport us to our own slice of fantasia. Eyes close and ears open, ready to receive the gospel that the disciples of the groove have to spread. The sun continues to rise, a hue exploding with bright yellow rays engulfs the DJ as time edges closer to Moodymann’s set.
Crunchy, funky basslines possess the party people and strobes transported us to our own slice of fantasia
Another silhouette presents itself onstage. ‘What up doe!’ a cheer flows through the crowd for the bucket hat-clad figure Moodymann, as he begins his sermon. classics such as Lowdown by Boz Scaggs and Crazy P’s Like a Fool ring out, penetrating each bag of flesh to the core.
‘How you all doing out there?’ Moodymann asks, as he continues to take care of the crowd. He descends from the stage with a bottle of liqueur and pours it into as many mouths in the front row as he can. The Shrew by Harry Wolfman and Laurence Guy resonates through the crowd followed by Chemise’s Don’t You Want My Love. Another classic sandwiched between warm groovy house and motivating techno.
Another classic sandwiched between warm groovy house and motivating techno
The Detroit heavyweight steps down and hands the emotionally open crowd over to the Norwegian star Todd Terje, famous for his nu-disco classic Inspector Norse. The grooves don’t stop as Todd delivers each track to a receiving audience. The night takes a turn to a heavier mood, as the hours fall away, and the crowd carry on giving it everything they’ve got.
As the night draws to an end the crowd is lulled into a dreamy, calm state. Smiles glow around the room and cheers of joy express the happiness the party people have felt throughout the night.
Words by Sam Watmore