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Entail presents Kompakt with Gui Boratto, Tobias Thomas, Elekfantz + Dadub & Darling Farah at Fire

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The sheer number of people I know, who planned to attend  this night was a massive indication of the command this DJ brings to music. I had three different groups of friends coming from all over London… Tickets have been bought months in advance and excited text messages were shared around in the weeks leading up to the night. The name on everyone’s lips: Gui Borratto…. And we just couldn’t freakin’ wait!

The venue for  the nights techno ball is Fire in Vauxhall. We arrived early; sure not to miss anything. The venue has three rooms, the main being what I feel is the perfect space for seeing DJs, rectangular in shape, not too big, no fancy decor, just a huge lit DJ booth…Perfection. Despite it being early the main room had an sensational feeling of anticipation, there was already a good number of people on the dance floor, the vibes are all right ; there was feeling in the air that tonight was going to have a ‘can’t believe you missed it’ stamp all over it.

After checking set times we realise that Gui Borratto was due to play 5am-7am; this is massively disappointing. We are here to see the Brazilian man himself, but we are also here to have a right good time and the statistics are not in our favour to do both. I can guarantee that with my crazy mates, come 5am at least 5 of them will not be remembering anything and 5 of them will have thankfully taken themselves home!  A 5am-7am set is to take a very German attitude to programming  and that seems to be the echo we are heard around the terrace as we chill outside and wait.

The warm up DJs were Elekfantz and Tobias Thomas. Tobias played a pleasant techno set. Though enjoyable, there were no memorable moments; it was definitely Elekfantz aka Daniel Kuhnen that really worked the crowd. His set had a dark techno vibe, there were low prolonged synths, and just when you felt like you wanted to crawl into yourself he would drop a boppy house rhythm that made everyone’s head return vertical, and the happy two-step would start again! He played his own song “wish”, which was very well received by all in attendance.

Finally at 5am Gui Boratto comes on. And the mood in the room shoots up. Everyone is looking around and everyone is smiling. Here he is! Forward facing towards Fire’s incredible light board DJ booth, we are all dancing and giving the man our full attention. Gui plays “Anunciaciòn” which is one of his more minimal tracks, it has incredibly mind-bending twists and the crowd have their hands on their heads, its dark but it’s simply divine. Then its hands in the air with whistles, whoops and cheers, as we here the soft piano of ‘no turning back’ fade in. Fire has an incredible sound system, from which you can clearly hear how skilful Gui Boratto is; everyone is feeling the music, everyone is loving life.

As 6am hits the crowd starts to thin and the laggers are leaving. Ignoring the crazies in the back corner hugging walls, everyone else continues to have a good time. Gui plays ‘Beautiful Life’ and there are smiles all round as friends turn to each other and sing ‘What a beautiful life, What a beautiful life, What a beauuutiful life!’ It’s so atmospheric, so euphoric, something that I have only ever experienced whilst watching DJ’s as the sun comes up in beautiful settings.

Gui’s set was true to himself, it was his own sound of smooth techno beats, synth and piano, the kind of music that doesn’t thud you into believing, but builds you up and lifts you off the ground. Head back, eyes closed, I enjoy the encore as he fades out ‘This is not the end’. The set ends with chants of Gui!  Gui! Gui! and a massive applause. That was something special. That was something wonderful.

 

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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