It’s quite a feat for a venue nestled in the belly of the underground to emerge as a stellar institution for artists and labels at the frontier of the UK electronic circuit. Known formerly as a home much for the hardcore and acid rave, Hidden - the riverside venue hiding in the heart of the capital’s ‘cool’ just outside Central and posing as a refreshing alternative to East’s over-saturation – seamlessly blends the edginess of a warehouse with the civility of a proper nightclub. Cutting-edge electronica series FOUND - curated by one third of Urban Nerds and one of the Eastern Electrics vertebrae - launched last Friday to a lusciously attractive industry turn out. An atmosphere the club perhaps has not seen or felt in its history marked quite a shift in direction – every smile, every waft of perfume, every crease of chiffon or chino, marked a new era for this unique, sound-crisp hide-out.
A revived hot spot for cool kids and music bods alike, the FOUND launch explored a premier house extravaganza courtesy of boy-of-the-moment T.Williams honing the likes of Paul Woolford and Maya Jane Coles, with lovely lady Nightwave on warm up duties. The ever-evolutionary Instra:mental caused quite the stir with their grasp of experimental electronique-magnifique, adorning booty bass and eighties synth into futurist-retro heaven.
Claude von Stroke’s right hand man, Justin Martin, proved to shine as star of the show with a mammoth 3-hour set treating the enthusiasts to a luxurious showcase of house old and new. The last half hour proved to be truly memorable for all who experienced; whilst the unrelenting funk-house beat joy into the hearts of the crowd, Justin mounted the booth and immersed himself into the amongst them, smiling and dancing like a god amongst men. In the spirit of a true luminary, Justin Martin electrified the venue and promised a positive future for the sounds and parties to follow in the successive FOUND series.
Next in the FOUND series is Beat Redemption this Friday 7th October hosting the likes of Ben Westbeech, 2562, Midland (whose Radio Slave’s re-edit of ‘Bring Me Joy’ has been lighting my fire as of late) alongside Hessle Audio’s Joe and a whole heap more.
Tickets available here.