Chibuku Shake Shake grand re-opening review

Posted on 20 September 2010
By Oliver Logan
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Chibuku re-opened it’s doors this weekend after its summer long hiatus and kicked off with an almighty party featuring dance heavyweights Claude Von Stroke, Benga and Four Tet.

Chibuku resident and fan favourite Dom Chung got the crowd worked up in a fever with his brand of swirling house music in the theatre. Dom is famed for his impeccable mixing and vast record collection and his set was a master class of electronic house.

Von Stroke entered with a seamless change over and added a slightly absurd edge to proceedings with his burly frame behind the decks, shooting out his minimalist techno fragments out over the reverential crowd.

There was a cacophony of sound as Von Stroke laid into some of his best work, playing through mash ups of Deep Throat and Who‘s Afraid of Detroit.

Dirty Bird’s Claude has injected a sense of fun and adventure back into four-four beats, and the Chibuku crowd really responded to his weird and wonderful oddball funk.

Benga upstairs was dark, with all the skittering drums and ominous wobbly bass lines that have become part and parcel of their musical output. The people in situ quickly got up to tempo and were moving in unison, wiling out with their generic dub-step moves.

Joker was on top form with his masterful synth manipulation, screeching, glitched up melodic interplay and basslines. With either foot planted firmly in grime and dubstep, his massive anthem Tron set the dance floor off.

We managed to catch a smidgen of Four Tet as they took over Ink and playing through their set, it is evident their sound is as clever and inventive as anything around today.

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