Boomkat Product Review:
Best believe he’s back; almost 2 years to the date since Hieroglyphic Being’s Worst DJ Ever mixtape (Reel Torque Volume 5), Chicago’s finest returned to the borderlands of Manchester/Salford for a truly blinding, freestyling session at the shabby palace of dreams, a.k.a. The White Hotel, instructing us to make sure this one was definitely recorded as he’d spent some heavy time prepping for it. And thank f*ck we did, ‘cos it’s easily one of the best, longest, most intuitively gratifying sets we’ve heard him play. Fair to say we’ve heard him DJ more than a few times, too.
Perched in the DJ booth/crow’s nest, incense burning and smoke machine on constant, Jamal Moss delivered us to the disco gods with an unrivalled selection cycling thru wavy obscurities, EBM knockers, symphonic disco strings and acid house rippers with a totally savant rudeness. If the smoke wasn’t so dense you could have seen him, head tilted to the sky and utterly commanding the vibe like a starship admiral channelling astral coordinates on a mission to different dimensions.
Track ID’s were attempted in reel time, but Disco Dave Adams and The Trippin’ Pigeon soon gave up pecking and got down to shredding imaginary rug, harmonising to Dan Hartman’s Relight My Fire and bouncing off the walls to the likes of Front 242, Sleazy D and myriad others with a fervour rarely experienced before - aside from other Jamal Moss/Hieroglyphic Being sets - and all right until the dawn was piercing the skylight and turning the smoke-filled room an uncanny shade of blue very similar to the colour of this tape’s artwork.
It was one of those nights that participants should not be able to fully recollect, but the vibe stays with you long after the moment. Such a buzz to be right back there in the thick midst of it with this tape. All hail the Hieroglyphic Being, massively recommended to all dancers!!!