What we did
WAREHOUSE DUBAI FEAT. JULIO BASHMORE @ XL BEACH CLUB
After a long stint at Media One’s rave- cave Level 41, Warehouse Dubai took their bass- friendly crowd and bookings to their new home, XL Beach Club. A bold move, made even bolder by inviting down reclusive Bristol bass DJ and producer Julio Bashmore for his Middle East debut.
And for the first 30 minutes of his set, it we didn’t feel it. His mixes got lost in the cavernous white space, while the XL Dancers seemed as bemused as we were by the crowd of resident drinkers mingling with what looked like cast of Dubai’s answer to Skins. As for the group to our right playing Angry Birds for the whole night, the less said the better.
But when he started dropping his bass weapons – notably ‘ Au Seve’ – it all started to make sense and the dancefloor started to fizz with kinetic energy. High tempo house followed, including 90s classic Ralphi Rosario’s ‘ You Used To Hold Me,’ with disco- infused cuts mixed with bass- bin bangers. Rarely did Bashmore look up to the crowd, instead he kept his head down, happy to cut, loop and filter his high energy set. If he had, he ’ d have seen half the crowd going in with youthful abandon, while the other half wondered just what was going on.