Words – Sam Turner
Hot off their last foray into daytime raving with Hungarian producer Gnork, Inner_Circle returned once again to the lush oasis at Coffee Iconic on August 17. This discreet location situated within the confines of Brisbane’s CBD gifted an exclusive evening with Melbourne producer/DJ Escape Artist (Salt Mines/Couch Acid Recordings). The locals in the shape of Matt Treffene (BTHC) and Chris George kicked off the evening, with Pokies (Fulcrum) closing out the celebration of sound.
The makeshift cafe-turned-open-air-club has now become a crowd favourite, with this next instalment allowing dancers to immerse themselves in this secluded space. Matt Treffene, a mainstay of the Brisbane scene for some time, had the opportunity to share some satisfying energy to open up the day. His salacious escapades as part of the Bad Taste House Collective (BTHC) have given Brisbane ample opportunities to unwind and get down. This set allowed Matt to explore the other side of his high octane mix of trance, house and everything in between, with an ambient exploration. He delved into a transformative state, creating unending waves of vibrations in the afternoon sun.
As the day transitioned into night, music exchanged hands to Chris George. A reoccurring selector within the Brisbane area, Chris has been distributing choice layers of sound to dancefloors across the South-East for years. With an ongoing residency at the laneway escape Super WhatNot and recent slots at Arcadia and Sub Rosa, his ability to create sultry atmospheres is clear. Travelling through the hazy depths of deep house and techno, his ethereal selections garnered vocal response from the crowd.
As the space reached capacity, Escape Artist began to create pandemonium through an abrupt choice of opening tracks. The crowd experienced a paradigm of chaotic immersion as they were bombarded with high energy soundscapes. Disobeying 4/4 designs, Escape Artist ran rampant fusing elements of jungle, acid house and techno. The audacity was contagious as grinding basslines and high hats ricocheted off of the walls. Rich shades of mauve and azure painted the surroundings, creating a luminous cage around the dancefloor. The sold-out event was treated to an array of original creations by the Melbourne producer, combined with a wide-ranging mix of left field heaters. Snippets of his forthcoming Supernature EP on Salt Mines were on display, seizing the dancefloor in a vice grip.
Following the rapturous aftermath left by Escape Artist, Pokies took the reigns to add his closing elements to the occasion. Having recently arrived back in Australia following his stint in Europe, Pokies has established himself as auditory enigma. His affiliations with NTS Radio in London and Cashmere Radio in Berlin alone are proof of his dexterity on the decks. He has been able to utilise his flair and finesse through his newly established Fulcrum events, residing in the Fever Club at Alfred and Constance. His selections that evening enveloped those who stayed for the closing proceedings as he delved deeper into his collection. Juxtaposing deep techno with breakbeat shakers, the high energy situation allowed Pokies to get creative with his track choices right up until close.
With another BYO open air rave concluded, dancers are already looking ahead to the next opportunity to occupy the space. With something so special and exclusive on offer, we can only wait to see what Inner_Circle has in store next.