The Hydra: Innervisions with Dixon and Âme
13th November 2016
The Hydra and Innervisions duo Dixon and Âme brought their most recent party instalment to East London’s fabulous Troxy Theatre. Paul Grace reported for Louder Than War.
In only four years The Hydra have cemented themselves as one of London’s most significant club brands with a schedule that consistently delivers a who’s-who line-up of cutting edge electronic music. They recently produced one of the capitals most eagerly-awaited parties featuring Dixon and Âme who themselves are two of the most respected names in techno/house. The duo’s Innervisions record label is synonymous with quality releases and they also regularly throw their own day parties under the moniker “Lost In A Moment”, held at some of the most unique locations across the globe.
The venue for today’s sell-out afternoon/evening party was East London’s Troxy Theatre – a stunning renovated grade II-listed art deco building which is these days used for live music and immersive cinema events. I arrived just before 7pm and the downstairs was already heaving. What immediately hit me as I entered the main space was the pristine sound quality; chest rumbling bass, a detailed mid-range and well controlled highs, with every transient seemingly apparent and audible. Troxy was a fitting setting – the ground floor vast and spacious with Dixon and Âme perched beneath the front of the stage on the main dance-floor and within easy view of the clubbers (no silly “DJ-on-pedestal” worshipping here!). The first floor was more like a traditional theatre balcony with seating and a bar – perfect for listening to the music and absorbing the vibe. The production was minimal but sophisticated – a simple laser with some multi-coloured spotlights hitting a couple of enormous mirror-balls, an unimposing LED screen tucked behind the DJ booth and frequent plumes of dry ice cutting the dark void of the main space.
The Innervisions duo were DJ’ing back-to-back all night and, as clichéd as it sounds, playing for an extended period allows the DJ to share a specific vision and to take the crowd on a complete musical journey. What’s more, the Innervisions sound is steeped in emotion and tonight’s sonic sweep of fractured vocals, tribal beats, and haunting chord progressions all went to forge a deep and magical soundscape. Throughout the session they straddled the perfect balance between house and techno, creating a frenzied but controlled atmosphere with more groove-laden peaks, twists and turns than a bumpy Himalayan highway. And considering it was a Sunday night the clubbers were definitely not holding back; the floor was heaving from beginning to end and reactions were, at times, deafening, with lots of ravers completely “Lost In A Moment”.
So tonight Dixon and Âme well and truly conquered the Troxy. The phenomenal thrill ride they delivered simply goes to reconfirm their top of the game status, and I’m genuinely excited to see what The Hydra and Innervisions have planned for the coming months and next year.
Photos by Hungry Visuals/Jake Davis.