Response presents Ben UFO & Move DVenue: The Exchange, Bristol
Response had a rather exceptional launch weekend with the Bristol leg of Bashmore’s tour on the Friday and good vibes on the Saturday, curated by Ben UFO. Response seem to have hit the ground running, securing some big names for their lineups, with their next event featuring Disclosure’s live tour and Shadow Child.
On entry, we headed downstairs to the Basement stage, Exchange’s Room Two, where one of Bristol’s most popular and reliable nights, Shapes, were delivering all textures of house music, starting off sparse before progressing into chunkier and more techy sounds. Room One meanwhile saw Elgato and Bilal flying the Hessle Audio flag in readiness for Ben UFO’s set, playing at a slightly higher tempo with the sort of selection Hessle’s become known for; negotiating tricky, off beat rhythms with ease. Ben UFO continued in this vein, displaying his exceptional beat juggling abilities as a DJ, although he played a slower set than that which he might normally play, perhaps in anticipation of Move D’s two hours of Deep House. Nevertheless, he commanded a lot of dancefloor respect, and the crowd erupted at the sound of Joy Orbison’s newest, the forthcoming BRTHDJTT!
Was there ever any doubt that Move D would play a set nothing short of fantastic? David Moufang has been spinning house records for quite a few years now and for good reason. He weaved in and out of expressive, melodic numbers while keeping everyone in the club dancing, retaining a huge crowd until the club closed. He has acquired something of a reputation for his track selection, playing real cutting edge sounds to Bristol and from what we could see a fair few white labels as well.
Response did well on this night and hopefully they will keep this up this level of quality in future endeavours. They’re keeping tight lipped about their future projects, but if the calibre of the 3 lineups they’ve announced so far is anything to go on, they’ve still got a lot in store for Bristol’s house inclined population.