Whilst the University of Sheffield’s Student’s Union is a far cry off playing London’s now deceased Fabric or edgy Berlin warehouses, tonight Dusky bend the Steel City into a different creature.

Few DJs will play longer than an hour, bring minimal light set up and let the crowd do the rest, but Nick Harriman and Alfie Granger-Howell fuel the set with visual illusions and unpredictable pace changes throughout. For thirty minutes, it’s non-stop pulsating bass, showing off their recently new-born tracks from latest album ‘Outer’.

Flashing silhouettes, licking lips and warped faces could fast-track the pair’s shows up to The Chemical Brothers heights and the 90s influences don’t end there; piano melodies layer a number of tracks, throwing back to Everything But The Girl’s ‘Missing’ and various acts which may have graced Tuesday Club in it’s teething years.

Just when it all comes hurtling back down to earth and Dusky reciprocate the crowd’s applause, there’s a brief pause, which is a rarity on a Tuesday night at 3am. Then gradually, the seeds of ‘Ingrid Is A Hybrid’ are sown, and people clamber on shoulders as they catch wind of the “Aaah aaah oooh”‘s circulating around the now tightly-packed sweatbox. Anyone who had their reservations about the new album need only experience it live to hear it fit seamlessly around the duo’s big hitters.

About The Author

Josh Shreeve

Director of VLM and radio man at Forge Radio. Studies journalism at the University of Sheffield.

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