Live Review: Response presents Ben UFO and Move D

Response presents Ben UFO and Move D @ Exchange, Bristol – 9th February 2013

The last time I saw Ben UFO play it was raining, on my head. The fact that I didn’t care is testimony to the DJ’s ability to enrapture with his punchy, cutting-edge sets. While he doesn’t produce any of his own music, Ben UFO deserves high praise for the skill and technicality with which he delivers his sets. This was no exception. Totally focused, save for humble glimpses at the euphoric dancing mass before him, the Hessle Audio co-founder explored an exhilarating scope of bass-heavy genres. A highlight of his set being a Red Dog mix of Taxi C.A.B – Chunk-A-Nova (see below) and an exclusive Kowton edit of Jeremih’s Fuck U All The Time, retaining the original’s immense sex-appeal and driving the sweaty crowd wild. A clear demonstration of Ben UFO’s ability to fit the mood, whatever the weather.

Hessle Audio-released Elgato, and his partner in crime Bilal, did a great job of getting the crowd dancing with an array of sultry Deep House and Techno. Post-support came from Move D, although it’s pretty hard to call the esteemed German music-maverick “support”, especially not after delivering the way that he did. Making no attempt to hide influences of his musical heritage and jazzy past, he served us record after record laden with vigour and groove (highlights below), yet a resounding garage-tinge. Confused? We lost our mind. Move D was a joy to dance to and a joy to watch, it was hard to tell who was having a better time, the crowd or him. I was once told ‘never trust a DJ that isn’t dancing’. Boy could we trust Move D.

Response put together an evening of respected acts that spoiled us with consistently high quality music, making for a great atmosphere and a night to remember.

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