Regulate – iCan Studios, London
Day parties. We’ve all been to them. Usually they’re the day to forget after a night to remember where half the crowd look like they’ve just been exhumed after 12 solid hours of partying. But what if they weren’t this way? What if they were really good? These seem to be the question asked by new London day party brand Regulate who look to be changing what we can expect from day time events with a series of parties running before the street lights come on.
Promising us it wouldn’t be another afterthought commencing after a big event but an event itself we headed down to Regulate with high hopes of awesome tunes and friendly vibes in the sunshine laden courtyard of Hackney’s iCan Studios. Having previously only attended the East London venue in the nighttime we’ll be the first to admit we were unsure to how it would fare in the cold light of day but were pleasantly surprised by just how suitable it was for such a gathering. With the main room cleared out and a firm focus placed on the outside normally reserved for chatty smokers we arrived just as the sun came out on what would turn out to be a glorious day weather wise.
A long, well staffed bar provided gratefully received free beers to early attendees and ensured that despite a good turn out of people that nobody waited too long for a cold drink whilst the invitation of the Flash Daddy crew injected a sense of fun to proceedings. For the uninitiated, Flash Daddy is “the world’s first Uglyproof Photobooth”. Built into a van that looks like it was designed by Riff Raff in collaboration with David Hasslehoff and with a set of bizarre props that would put Miley Cyrus to shame it was an interesting addition that certainly provided us with a few laughs.
Now to the music. Regulate have been vary clever in assembling an incredibly on point set of line ups which was one the initial reasons we were keen to get involved with their summer sessions series. Paul Woolford played alongside Ejeca, Boddika and Artwork for the inaugural session and it was a roster that instantly paid dividends. Each artist on the bill more than lived up to their reputation and played expertly to the crowd taking into consideration both the time and the location. The vibe was good and the weather was sweet, giving the impression you were at the sunny birthday bbq of one of your friends who had managed to blag Paul Woolford and co. to swing by and play a few tracks. For a long time one of the most underrated DJs and producers in the game we’ve been pleased to see Paul getting his dues in the last couple of years and his performance at Regulate was another latest example of the type of performance of a man at the top of his game. Shifting through the gears as the day began to wear on he delivered a set full of poise, that got feet moving whilst never crashing into that 3am crescendo that other DJs may have been tempted to despite the early hour. Naturally Boddika fulfilled all our techno needs for the afternoon and Artwork similarly impressed although Ejeca provided the highlight of the day with a trademark fusion of disco, house, garage and techno.
So if you hadn’t gathered it already we had a fantastic day at Regulate that perfectly set us up for the night ahead with an afternoon of good company expertly soundtracked by some of our favourite DJs. If we had one concern, it would be this: can Regulate maintain this high benchmark they’ve set for themselves? With Justin Martin, J. Phlip , Eli and Fur, Maribou State and Blonde dropping by for part two July 12 we’re betting they can. See you in Hackney!
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