by Harry Shackleton
The new melodic house and techno night tastybiscuit. had its debut this past weekend, featuring sets from PPG resident Alief, tastybiscuit. founder Merj b2b with Edmund Haacke, and an extended set from London DJ Jeigo. All of this was parcelled up at Plot 22: a space run by RiteTrax that only opened its doors earlier this year. Never having been there before, we were instant fans of the space; it was very intimate and enclosed and perfect for the more techno focused night that tastybiscuit. are trying to introduce. If you got there early enough, they even gave you free cookies while you watched Alief open things up in style.
We arrived for the end of Alief’s set which was ramping up for the headline act. Jeigo was super smooth, floating between house, techno and more tribal tracks, and creating combinations that really shouldn’t have worked together but did. If you left the room to chill out upstairs in the space near the artist studios created by RiteTrax, you’d come back to a completely different mood each time. This gave the set a lot of interest and prevented dancers from becoming bored. The night was a BYOB event: a format which seems to be growing in popularity at the moment. Apart from the reduced price of alcohol for hard up students, it meant that you got people arriving in good spirits rather than off their rocker after an intense pre drinks. The atmosphere was friendly from start to finish, and despite the house party vibes the sound quality and professionalism with regard to how the event was run could rival some much bigger nights.
Jeigo’s set ended with some absolute crackers including ‘Terror Acid’ by Boston 168 which set up tastybiscuit. founder Merj and Edmund Haacke to conclude with some hard techno for the last hour. Techno is all about attention to detail: subtle changes in rhythm and texture that mean the transitions between tracks are indistinguishable. It’s difficult to pace a one-hour set correctly but the pair created a mix of great power in the time allowed, creating a defined start, middle and end. It included both more percussive tracks by Hodge and A-Tonal as well as heavier techno from Dasha Rush’s new EP ‘Ain’t No God Nor King’. It was great to see a mixture of digital and vinyl being mixed as well as the DJs got more into it.
The lights came on at half four and the pair let the last track play out. To see so many people still dancing right to the end was a real achievement for the company’s debut event. This was down to the way tastybiscuit. provided a seamless and welcoming night, and also down to the residents of Sheffield who were on top form. When the music community comes together in support of a new night, it allows this city to continue bringing quality music to those that want to hear it.
Keep a look out for future events from tastybiscuit. by giving their Facebook page a like at https://www.facebook.com/tastybiscuitevents/
tastybiscuit., with art credit to Amanda Schrem