Dusky – The Boiler Shop, Newcastle (18 Nov 2016)

It’s a cold night in the North East of England, as a queue of eager clubgoers await entry into one of Newcastle’s newest event spaces- The Boiler Shop- to see Dusky, a two piece act hailing from London.

Initially listed to play at Newcastle’s Digital, an expansive nightclub, the venue isn’t as busy as Dusky are perhaps used to, which could be partially to blame for the last minute venue change. Despite this, there is clearly a sense of anticipation in the air.

Supported by Mella dee and Newcastle residents Matty Robson b2b with Jonny Burn the night gets off to a steady start.

Those who are there for Dusky themselves were seen cramming to the front, leaving a decent space at the back for other party goers to dance to the house-esque rhythms the sound system blared out.

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Dusky, the electro-house duo made up of Alfie Granger-Howell and Nick Harriman, have been on the scene since 2011 and thanks to collaborations with acts including Wylie. Their debut album ‘Stick By This was named by Pete Tong as “one of the albums of the year” in 2011, as well as receiving plays from DJ’s including Boddika, Maya Jane Coles and Mark Knight.

Tonight marked one of the first live performances of their latest album, released after a five year hiatus, ‘Outer’. With an electronic night, it’s hard to tell when once act ends and another begins, however The Boiler Shop provided its own silent commentary throughout, via two LCD screens either side of the stage.

As the DJ duo took to the stage, the dance floor became somewhat heavier, as those viewing from the side-lines made their way to the centre of the floor for some heavy, 90s influenced beats.

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As their set began to take hold, the party is stopped by an impromptu fire alarm, but despite the hustle and bustle of a minor evacuation, the evening is not flattened, with Dusky welcoming the crowd  back in with a louder and more exciting display of their technical wizardry. The duo blasted out some of their newer hits including ‘Sort it out Sharron’, a personal favourite featuring Boy Better Know’s Wiley, and tech house hit ‘Runny Nose’ to a backdrop of flashing lights and moving feet.

The night itself seemed no more stand-out than any other club event, but despite this the boys certainly arrived back onto the scene with another album filled with rich harmonies and a strong range of experimental tracks that are certainly capable of filling up a dance floor.

‘Outer’ was released on October 14 and is available via Polydor Records.