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Micron With Tiger & Woods and The Revenge – Gorilla, Manchester



Dubbing themselves The Wonky Disco, this year Micron celebrate an age deemed by parents as the prepubescent years where the holy terror of youth oozes out of the respective pores of the offspring. However, a birthday of this type commemorates instead at the breadth of parties Micron has brought not only to Manchester but festivals across the world. Just this year they’ve brought in Simian Mobile Disco and Joris Voorn, but their little black book also includes the likes of Justin Robertson and Redshape. Micron was the answer to those deadpan nights that emanated a humourless vibe. Their intentions were simple: fun and parties.

For theirEaster Sunday event they invited past guest The Revenge. But who else could they enlist to push out grooves enough to give you neck and leg mobility problems the morning after? None other than dance duo Tiger & Woods. Their identity remains somewhat of a mystery; they will answer only to Larry Tiger and David Woods but of course these are a mash up of a certain comedian and sports personality. The mask acts as an antidote to overexposure and allows the listener to focus on what they’re hearing rather than the master behind it. In one of their few interviews, they revealed their musical mission statement: to have fun and make good feelin’ music. Essentials box ticked for Micron.

After a small technical hiccup, Tiger & Woods brought themselves and their plastic-based tiger mascot to the stage. With high expectations from their much enjoyed 2011 release Through the Green, the duo gave the crowd what they wanted in spirit-elevating grooves from strings of bass notes that sprang from speakers and into shaking bones. The venue was only filled halfway but in no way did this percentage reflect the life levels – the crowd’s energy was at danger of shooting off the meter. One thing we can’t deny about Tiger & Woods is their love of loops and their set was made up of favourites such as Gin Nation which were thrown into the mix alongside other boogie laden sounds; their influence of Italo disco witnessed to be peeking out infrequently. It’s just as well the venue wasn’t packed out: scenes of vigorous dancing could be seen with each punter marking their territory with thoroughly exercised arm spans and upwards pointing hand flails. Everyone for themselves.

The Revenge kept the party going through masses of house-tinged basslines that for the first portion of his set hinted at a more repetitive nature, evident in decelerated footwork. That said, before long the atmosphere gets another kick up the behind and with that, he remains glued by his decks as he extends his set until 4am. Where Tiger& Woods delivered sounds that had a glossy finish, The Revenge brought a darker edge with marches of bass notes from the lower end of the spectrum and sparks of synths that strongly encourages head-jerks. The crowd witnessed a wound down version of Dev’s Bass Down Low and it apparently well received too as grooves live on until the lights went up.

Next time you’re thinking of throwing a party, it’s advised to leave it to Micron. Trust us.

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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