Erick Morillo (Extended Set)
With a stack of awards on his mantle piece, Erick Morillo is one of house music’s most celebrated characters. From his 90s roots as part of New York’s legendary Strictly Rhythm label, where he recorded under a dizzying array of aliases, including RAW and Li’l Mo Ying Yang, to conquering the UK charts as part of Reel II Reel with ‘I Like to Move It’, the New York born DJ has always exuded star quality. His Subliminal label spawned its own party series and he became one of the world’s most prolific DJs, collaborating with huge names like Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, aka Puff Daddy. After a break in 2013, when his famous party lifestyle began to overshadow his DJing, he has since returned more vital and energetic than ever.
He’s joined by Pirupa. The Italian DJ and producer is best known for his 2012 Desolat smash ‘Party Non Stop’, but his versatile, often quirky house sound has also found a home on a dizzying array of labels including Drumcode, Crosstown Rebels, Get Physical, Defected, Cècille, Viva Music, Saved, Noir Music, Snatch! Records and Suara. It’s this kind of productivity and popularity that’s raised him up to become RA’s 11th most charted artist. His NONSTOP label, launched in 2015, has since become a further platform for his sound, as well as allowing him collaborate with newer acts.
Taking over the second room are Berlin label Keinemusik, founded in 2009, bringing with them their all-star crew. Joint founder &ME is also one half of Terranova, who released their second on Kompakt last year to great acclaim. He’s joined by the prolific Adam Port, whose teutonic house and techno sound has graced labels such as Rockets & Ponies, Cocoon and Pets Recordings. Alongside them are rising German stars David Mayer, another founding member of the label whose magic production touch has previously been sought out by numerous other artists, and Reznik, a Berlin DJ whose tastes stretch from post-punk to techno, via house, disco, electro and everything of note else in-between.