Gimme Five! – Half a decade of SQ Club in Poznan

Along the lines of Fight for your Right to party! Poznan-based SQ Club celebrated its fifth year of existence. People still remember last year, when British DJ legend John Digweed was delighting the Polish crowd to the max. Following in those footsteps, SQ booked already booked other heavyweights to play the birthday year, for example Hernan Cattaneo, M.A.N.D.Y. or Barbara Tucker. To enjoy some pure pre-Christmas rave together, the SQ boys committed a duo that’s already rocked the Audioriver 2010 terribly and showed how quickly and efficiently they’re able to set the roof on fire: Simian Mobile Disco.

Do you know the four main enemies of railway? Spring, summer, autumn and winter; the latter made sure that just in time at the beginning of the weekend, temperatures went through the floor again and every single metre covered seemed to be proportional with increasing frostiness. Instantly memories of ice cold weekends in Warsaw’s Klatka Club with Mara Soundsystem or Anthony Pappa playing at Sfinks in Sopot were brought back – all of those club nights became legendary and SMD’s gig at the SQ developed becoming not less epic.

Honestly, until this year’s August I was smiling at James Ellis Ford and James Anthony Shaw. At Audioriver 2010 that changed fundamentally as the two Brits delivered a terrific DJ set that let no leg stand still. Also the SQ club crowd got a musical package containing driving and wafting electro beats, shrouded in deep harmonies and accompanied by cheeky cuts; a kind of technoish snowball fight. A year ago John Digweed was prefering to play pretty dark, also visual-wise, as then the club was everything but bright. Simian Mobile Disco made it differently and served a sound making the LJ literally going wild. The whole package was turning SQ Club acoustically and optic-wise into the forecourt of hell.