Nightrave ft. Nightwave @ La Cheetah Club, 18 Feb

Live Review by Michael Lawson | 22 Feb 2017

The line-up for the latest edition of the genre-defying La Cheetah Club night Nightrave reads like a who’s who of Glasgow’s finest under-the-radar electronic talent. First up on the night is So Low resident and Art School regular Becky Marshall who delivers a masterclass in cold synths and industrial electronics. Blending together music from the fringes, she shuns crowd pleasers in favour of the obscure and the left-field.

Up next is Rubadub affiliate Mother, who expertly transitions towards more murky, dubbed-out territories. The Heated Heads label boss showcases his seamless technical ability and wide-ranging musical tastes in what is the night’s standout performance. It's a set littered with dancehall and menacing grime instrumentals, and The Bug classic Skeng evokes a particularly enthusiastic reaction from the crowd when dropped in the latter stages.

Mother precedes the resident and night’s namesake Nightwave, debuting her all new live show to the Glasgow audience. Her Ableton set is characterised by high-paced, bass-heavy rhythms and keeps things moving along nicely. The crowd continues to swell throughout the night and by this stage the basement is close to capacity, despite the absence of any marquee names. This is testament to the appeal of the local DJs on show, and emphasises how engaged Glasgow clubbers are with the scene from the grassroots upwards.

It's left to Fear-E of the Dixon Avenue Basement Jams crew to close out proceedings as he takes to the decks for the final hour. He turns up the heat with a set that combines stripped-back house and feel-good disco, ensuring the stowed-out basement gets even sweatier, and Chaka Khan’s I’m Every Woman provides the hands-in-the-air moment needed to cap off yet another massively successful Nightrave event. This is a club night firmly in the ascendency and it’s difficult to think of any other promoters who can combine contrasting genres of music to such devastating effect.