Solid Stone kicked things off around 10 p.m. as the crowds started to arrive. His set was made of some groovy tech and progressive songs, many which were unfamiliar to me. However, they did the trick and his expert mixing and timing made it impossible not to get sucked in by bouncy drops or catchy and repetitive basslines. Some tracks which had the dance floor moving were: Ambassador – The Fade (Guy J Remix), Jerome Isma-Ae & Mark Sixma – Refused (Dousk Remix) , Andrea Bertolini – Colorama (Solid Stone Remix) and his closing track Tempo Giusto – Blacksmith (Grant Lewis Blackout Mix) just to name a few. He even threw a few IDs in there. You can listen to Solid Stone’s set in its entirety right here:
Around midnight, the man of the hour, himself took to the decks to pay homage to the three years of dedication and hard work that he had spent moulding and shaping this radio show. With it being his 150th, you can bet that Max Graham brought his “A” game. He started of not too dissimilar to Solid Stone’s set, with some intricate progressive. As the venue was now quite full the energy of the dance floor visibly picked up a notch. Tucandeo – C.T.U. (Basil O’Glue Remix) and Yutise – Let’s Begin were some early progressive tracks Max Graham dropped. Then he dropped a cheeky minimal techno track with Marco P’s Seven Miles To, which only speaks to the versatility and fluidity of the movement that is Cycles.
After this we definitely started moving into trancier territory and once again the energy of the dance floor visibly picked up a notch. Markus Schulz’s smash hit Remember This nearly blew the roof off Mod Club. Max Graham was throwing a bit of techno into the set at this point. His ability to switch between styles so seamlessly is one I have not encountered often before. Towards the end of his set, Max finally threw down some beautiful uplifting trance such as Protoculture featuring Shannon Hurley – Sun Gone Down, Solarstone featuring Jes – Like A Waterfall , and Max Graham featuring Ana Criado – Nothing Else Matters (Norin & Rad Remix), all the while mixing in that cheeky proggy, almost techno, style. Mr. Graham ended the set with a groovy powerful ID which we will have to wait to hear again later. The crowd cheered and showed the man the love he deserves and around 2 am it was time for Mark Sherry to close out the night with a two hour set. The entire broadcast including Max’s set from two hours to four hours has been posted online here:
At the end of his set Mark treated us to a trip down memory lane with remixes of Tiesto classics including Richard Durand’s remix of Lethal Industry and James Dymond‘s rework of Adagio for Strings. It seemed that there was not a single hand in the room that wasn’t outstretched to the heavens. Mark was also very interactive with the crowd during his set and took full advantage of the stage set up to wave Scottish flags and take pictures and reach out his hands to the trance family. His set is also available to listen to or download right here
Rory Harrison – EDM TOR