From beginning as a small after party back in 2008, to announcing a full takeover of London’s infamous Tobacco Dock car park this coming October, there’s no denying that Fuse’s presence as one of the capitals most sought after parties really has grown from strength to strength.
And on the 9th of July, Fuse hit another milestone: for the first time, they took over one of Motion’s outdoor spaces. It was the same day as England’s victory over Sweden – we won’t dwell too long on this, we know it’s still sore!- but as the sun basked Motion in a lovely warmth, we could not have asked for three better selectors to take us on that irrefutable Fuse journey. Two hour solo sets as standard from Seb Zito, Archie Hamilton, and Enzo Siragusa, followed by a triple back-to-back from the boys.
It’s easy to get emotive when it comes to discussing a rave whose music is entrenched in the minimal scene. Dubby, chunky grooves, interspersed with the occasional disco element. We’re kept on our toes, before the thudding bass is brought back in to compliment the more delicate sounds. Long gone are the days of the bland and boring thud of the tech house snare drum: as you grow up, your taste buds change, and your musical journey follows suit.
And it seems as if the boys at Fuse are completely in tune with what the crowd are looking for. The sun was just setting behind a corrugated iron sheet, and all three are in full flow behind the decks. An uplifting piano roll comes in, with quick paced hi hats moving the rhythm along; the crash of cymbal claps feed into a soothing female vocal singing “I love you”, before it’s faded out, and in comes a distorted kick drum. The change up was magical, with the piano roll being brought back in to keep the summer vibe throughout the tune. The record may be unreleased, but still any takers on the producer? Well we’ll give you a clue: he’s set to play a disco only set at one of east London’s most talked about venues. We’ll leave that one with you…
Archie. Archie, Archie, Archie. This isn’t the first time we’ve watched the Moscow Records runner, nor will it be the last. His set began at 4, and just before that, we’d spotted him and Enzo walking through the crowd. We spoke briefly, both were as welcoming and inviting as always, purchased a beverage, then made our way to the Courtyard to catch the beginning of his set. It must have been around an hour or so in, when a clanging, bongo drum beat pervaded the outside space like a pinball rattling in a pinball machine. It was the unassuming vocal before hand that caught the crowd off guard, and to our reasonably inexperienced ears, it was hard to realise what the track actually was. But it turned out to be an absolute classic: the original 12″ of Ruff Driverz – Don’t Stop. What an absolute beauty.
We could go on forever, describing the minutiae of the records played and the vibe that was created. But that’s not what this is about. Our intentions in saying this aren’t to come across as pretentious or arrogant at all, but Fuse is a family affair. The music, the atmosphere, the residents, the crowd: all are slightly different at each party, but seemingly so familiar at the same time. From the ravers that went and made this such a special event, to Archie, to Seb and right on to the governor Enzo, we couldn’t be more grateful.
To Fuse and Motion, we salute you.
Fuse Presents: Level will be landing at London’s Studio 338 on the 28th of July. Last remaining tickets available here.
Photo Credit: Allistair Brookes