Another month in Sheffield means another calendar brimming with unmissable nights, parties and releases as the city’s dance scene continues to expand and draw in talent from far and wide. One night in particular stands out from the rest this March however, as Aus music giants Dusky take to the decks alongside label founder and renowned producer/DJ Will Saul himself at the latest instalment of Ohm Sweet Ohm.
A complete advance sell-out results in a dense, dark and expectant atmosphere right from the beginning of Ohm resident Geoff Ticehurst’s set. Ticehurst’s opening set is delivered to a packed crowd early in the night, allowing the room to get very warm indeed in preparation for the rest of the night. In what feels like the blink of an eye it’s Will Saul we’re hearing, the man whose keen eye for talent sits behind the rise of some of the most unique names and subsequent huge releases in house music. It’s a treat to see a set from the man himself, and it does not disappoint – a refreshing insight into the ears and mind behind the illustrious label keeps the crowd on their feet with relentless energy and excitement.
The night is far from over as highly anticipated Dusky step up to the packed-out room for an extensive three-hour set. The soundtrack of the night proves to be a true showcase of Aus’s impeccable output as the pair notably drop Leon Vynehall’s fresh new release ‘Good Thing’ from Music For The Uninvited and last year’s ‘Trace’ from Midland. There’s an unmistakeable expectancy in the air for Dusky’s own tracks, however, and the pair tease the crowd by holding off underground party-anthem ‘Careless’ until the very early hours, by which time the crowd has thinned to reveal only those with enough energy to last the night.
The exceptional quality of music from beginning to end tonight makes Aus’ takeover of Sheffield the perfect finish to Ohm Sweet Ohm’s recent string of parties as it takes a temporary rest until the summer, which will see the night host a free party with Mosca and South London Ordnance over the Tramlines weekend. Until then!
Review by Stephanie Nicola-Miller