Words: Chester Cornford
The Bigfoot’s Tea Party crew are seemingly unstoppable. Hosting parties in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Berlin, they are one of the most respected club factions operating in Scotland. While I am relatively new to their parties, each one has stood out as being one of the better nights I’ve frequented.
Last week they brought Palms Trax and Matrixxman to the Sub Club, both for the first time. Either of the two acts would have made a stellar booking on their own, but both together made this a night not to be missed.
I arrived just in time for the start of Palms Trax’s set. The Sub Club can be almost overwhelming when packed, but there was the perfect number of people to create a buzzed dancefloor with plenty of room to move. It wasn’t as busy as I thought it would be for the first hour, but perhaps I let my almost fan-boy love of his work cloud my judgement.
Playing in his usual eclectic style, Trax went between varying shades of house, sprinkles of disco and funk, and a few heavy hitters. It was an excellent warm-up set for what would arguably have been a hard slot.
A debut at the Sub Club is surely a nerve-racking affair, however it was taken in his stride, and before long the dancefloor was in full swing. The last half hour was particularly pleasurable, with highlights including Midland’s ‘Blush’ and the Afro-Acid mix of Mory Kante’s ‘Yeke Yeke’. A respectful fade out from Matrixxman and the noise from the floor confirmed it had been a class start to the night.
Where Palms Trax had gone eclectic, Matrixxman went straight in with the hard-hitting techno. His set was no-doubt one of the better techno sets I've heard in the Sub Club. Technical work on the mixer went hand in hand with a relentless track selection, leaving little room to breathe.
However, following Palms Trax's set, with its twist and turns, meant it was possible for Matrixxman to slam it out without worry. A technical hitch stopped two of the CDJs during one of my favourite moments of his set, but he was swift in bringing it back, and for the members of the crowd who couldn’t see the booth to witness the problem, it sounded intentional and to great effect. The energy built and built, and the audience kept going at it from start to finish.
From what I’ve experienced of Bigfoot’s, their bookings have always been notable for their ability to bring so many different sounds and DJs together; their previous outing at the Sub Club with the Black Madonna and nd_Baumecker being the perfect example. Because of this, I was hoping to hear more variation from Matrixxman.
Some of my favourite Matrixxman cuts are the tripped-out, pad-heavy house tracks he made with Vin Sol, such as ‘Lotus Position’. I’ve always preferred that side of his work to his more techno-leaning side, but this is based purely on personal preference and didn’t take anything away from what was one of my favourite nights at the Sub Club of late. It left me wishing I had got to know Bigfoot’s a little earlier.
Bigfoot’s Tea Party returns to the Sub Club on the 26th August, while they also host parties at Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh on the 10th June and the Tunnels in Aberdeen on the 11th June.