Words: Matthew Thomson
As eccentric as Glasgow’s crowds often are, it’s certainly not every weekend that you’re graced with the sight of the Addams family sharing a dancefloor workout with an angel-winged Harambe. This could mean only one thing: another frighteningly good Halloween edition of Sensu at The Art School. Continuing the trend of strong bookings for their now annual Scott Street outing, Sensu entrusted Character label boss Deetron and rapidly-rising Italian brothers, Mind Against, to provide the soundtrack for the night.
This year’s party had been billed as ‘Terror Vision’, and sure enough, after clambering the Art School staircase into the Assembly Hall we were greeted by numerous large metallic televisions dangling from the ceiling - each faintly visible thanks to the reflection of hauntingly cold, blue light. Behind the DJ booth a projector beamed abstract clips from retro horrors distorted by the occasional interruption of static, further adding to the room’s eerie atmosphere.
Having arrived to a packed dancefloor just in time for the beginning of Deetron’s set, it appeared many of the other eccentrically dressed attendees shared the same idea. We were certainly in for a treat as opposed to a trick with the Swiss selector on fine form from the get go, limbering up the receptive crowd with an impressive selection of warm yet driving house such as Keita Sano’s ‘Explosion’. Around the half way point things began to take a more sinister turn, however. With what seemed like a subtle nod to Glasgow, an outing of Denis Sulta’s ‘A.A.S’ as well as Deetron's own remix of Honey Dijon’s ‘Houze’ were met with a raucous cheer.
Next, following an enthusiastic applause of appreciation, the silhouettes of Life and Death stalwarts, Mind Against, emerged behind the decks. Without hesitation they slid into the trademark sound of their dark and hypnotic techno. Before long, the crowd was entranced and were quite willingly led astray down an even darker path by the duo. The brothers were also evidently enjoying themselves throughout, reacting equally emphatically as the crowd upon the climax of their masterfully crafted build ups.
As their set progressed, the percussion toughened and the accompanying visuals slowly deteriorated into a chilling blue static graced only with the occasional flickers of strange shadowy figures. This provided the perfect backdrop for tracks such as DJ Sodeyama’s ‘Miles Pt 2’, with its distorted and menacing vocals thundering through the soundsystem.
Much to the visible disappointment of everyone, including Mind Against, the illumination of the house lights cruelly signified the end to a brilliant night. Indeed, with performances as fantastic as these, Sensu’s ‘Terror Vision’ was as far from the stuff of nightmare.
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