What we did

WARE­HOUSE DUBAI FEAT. JULIO BASH­MORE @ XL BEACH CLUB

Infusion Magazine - - LOOKING BACK -

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.

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