Review: Hot Since 82 brought his Knee Deep in Sound label to Manchester's Transmission series...

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This was my second visit to the Albert Hall, after attending Steve Aoki just weeks before. I was hoping this night would be more of my sound. I liked the ‘EDM’ show but the music wasn’t for me. EDM’s an entry level to dance music,” – quoted by Carl Cox himself.

As it was back in 2013 when Daley Padley remixed house music pioneer Green Velvet’s tune ‘Bigger Then Prince’ when he first caught my attention. At this point his career really began to kick off and his position as one of British Dance music’s hottest talents was looking assured.

2015 is set to be his biggest year to date, he’s finished his first tour outings, and his Transmission appearance included some of his labels biggest names. It’s such a great venue. The balcony view is something quite spectacular; watching thousands of people all dancing together, lasers beam flying around the room in crazy sequences – it truly is a sight to behold.

My night kicked off with Pirate Copy b2b with Pete Zorba, who got the audience going from 9pm onwards. Is there a party Pirate Copy haven’t been to this year? The Manchester lads seem to be very in demand. However they did what they do best, having played some stellar warm-up sets over the last 12 months the pair eased the Albert Hall crowd into the night ahead

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German house masters Booka Shade carried on admirably, the pair exhibiting their class in front of a by now packed main room. They certainly didn't disappoint. Their set was full of style and funk, the punters were pleased.

When the time finally came, after hours of dancing, HS82 arrived on stage. His lights flashed behind him as his set began. I forgot how beautiful this man was! The set was engrossing, and so was he...

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The amount of phones in the air was unreal, Snapchatting stories to friends and trying make someone somewhere jealous of their night. It was pretty sad. I can kind of see why Hawtin 'accidentally on purpose' knocked a speaker on a surprised fan recording to much of his show. Still though, wouldn't want a speaker dropped on my big toe thanks…
However, the set did continue, and no one was hurt fortunately.

It was only as the set continued into the early hours that HS82 began to showcase why he’s so highly thought-of on the circuit. Tight mixing and inventive use of sound – he was billed as the headliner and he was certainly the highlight. 

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The Transmission series is nearing it's close - tickets are still available for house legends Heidi presents The Jackathon, and Carl Cox & Friends. Don't miss out!
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