Maurice Fulton / Space Dimension Controller @ Gorilla, Manchester, 1 Feb

Stevie Wonderland host a solid evening at Gorilla, dishing out tasty treats from a mixed bag

Review by Daniel Jones | 03 Apr 2014

Syclops, Eddie & The Eggs, Boof and Chantilly all fall under Maurice Fulton's production umbrella, but there is enough class in the difference between all of these guises to suggest that Fulton is an original in his own right. His hand in the studio even extends as far as Crystal Waters' Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless), a tried and tested early 90s anthem. Few can boast a more extensive knowledge of freestyle disco culture and, tonight, the globetrotting American is here to treat the Gorilla assemblage to a light-hearted concoction of boogie relics and spontaneous cheer.

I manage to squeeze through the corridor, past the cloakroom and into the cavernous main room just as Fulton eases into David Joseph's big hit on Island ­– You Can't Hide (Your Love From Me). He is undoubtedly in good nick, rolling through an eclectic, UK-leaning set. There's also a wonderfully unexpected Talking Heads medley that sees This Must Be the Place and Once In a Lifetime chopped up into intricate pieces. By 1am, the drinks are flying and the rhythm is hot.

Another hour goes by before the excitable figure of Space Dimension Controller takes the helm, keeping the revs up with Automatic by the Pointer Sisters and Rene & Angela's I'll Be Good before switching gear to the slightly darker depths of Storm Queen and the like. Deeper vibes ensue before the sound is cut, leaving SDC to wave his arms about in obvious disappointment. The sweaty crowd – also gutted – clap and funnel back into the tiny mineshaft corridor, falling into the street and thanking the lord if they didn't leave their coat in the cloakroom.