- James Organ
24 Kitchen Street welcomes Manchester-based Mark Richards and James Eliot, aka SOLARDO, to Liverpool as part of their Solardo Sessions tour. Since playing at Arts Club in September, it was only a matter of time until they were back partying with the Scousers.
Before Solardo, the pair independently arose from a background of dubstep, the two then joined together only a couple years ago, quit their jobs and hid themselves in a recording studio until they came out with their own fresh, base-driven tech-house sound, earning them the Best Breakthrough DJ at the DJ Mag Best of British Awards.
Being from Manchester their influences stem from the likes of the Haçienda and the acid house vibes from the 90s. Although, hailing from different musical backgrounds, you can identify that their influences stretch from garage, drum ‘n’ bass and other varieties of techno and house music. The two are now in demand in the house scene, selling out shows wherever they go.
A bold red projection screen behind the decks displays the DJ’s names and sets the tone for the high energy set. The rest of the venue transforms into a dark and compact space illuminated only by a huge disco ball in the middle of the room. First up to the decks, Circus regular JAMES ORGAN warms up the crowd as the venue reaches capacity. Tracks including Hosse – Ready For This (Raffa FL Remix) get the biggest reaction from the crowd and sparks the energy for the rest of the night.
Next up on the decks, the dynamic duo, Solardo. Donning their usual attire of funky and colourful open shirts. The duo’s fashion influence rubbing off; as half of the crowd sport their own array of jazzy tops. They work up the crowd, their range of rolling tech-house bass lines and syncopated rhythms set the spark for a lively audience. Early tunes in their set like Steve Lawler’s People Having Sex (Hector Couto Remix) and Pete Dorling’s Palonga get big reactions; the sweaty ravers packed into the venue are craving for more of the same choppy vocals as the night progresses.
Their unique sound is eve- present in the night with unknown tracks (which we can only assume are unreleased cuts). To the end of the night, the most famed track Tribesmen plays, and it’s evident that the crowd has been anxiously waiting for this to drop; they go into a free-for-all, arms in the air, whilst a tribal scream reverberates throughout the room. As the night draws to an end, people and the tunes slowly die down. A wave of applause washes around the room, the crowd elated from what they had just witnessed. Solardo are sure to be back again soon, their exciting tech-house sound fits in well within the techno roots of the Liverpool scene.