Dirtytalk in Bristol has cultivated the reputation of being one of the best parties in the country, marrying obscure venues, stimulating visuals and a booking policy that has seen some of the best DJs in the underground grace their decks.
Taking over an old swingers club last Saturday, the scene could not have been more perfect for what was to come: thick smoke, red lighting and sexual paintings all over the building gave the party a very illicit feeling. Warming up were Dirtytalk’s Shaun Tennant and Leigh Dennis, who set the mood perfectly with a great selection of house, including Ominiverse’s ‘Never Get Enough’ and a floating number from Lnrdcroy.
After working the room into a steady groove they paved the way for Public Possession’s Marvin and Valentino to take control of the decks. Their chemistry was fantastic to watch, with Marvin leaning towards classic chicago house and curveball records whilst Valentino drew more for Italo disco and gritty Public Possession classics, with all the music being selected feeling very fitting for a sex club.
The pair knew each other’s records inside out and were both getting involved on the mixer for nearly every mix, leading to a very dynamic flow throughout the course of their set. Public Possession’s poster boy – Bell Towers, showed up for the last couple of hours having been playing for Rough Draft across town, and he jumped straight into a three-way back-to-back, continuing the eclectic mix of styles that had been fuelling the party up to that point. A few more highlights came along, including Jacques Renault’s euphoric mix of ‘Beam Me Up‘, Rex The Dog’s modern classic, ‘Sicko‘ mixed out of Red Axes – ‘Waiting For A Surprise‘, and Bell Tower’s own stomper ‘Scavengers‘. Unfortunately the night was over all too soon, leaving all the bewildered punters to comprehend what they had just experienced. Dirtytalk…believe the hype!
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