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Ministry of Sound Gets Blown Across The Hemisphere

This was a night of debuts at Ministry of Sound, with Manuel de la Mare dropping some progressive and tech house in the bar and Arnej hitting us with some trance in the Box. It was also the night I discovered a fantastic duo called Hemisphere DJs.

As soon as I entered the bar, I was blown away: Hemisphere DJs are not your average warm up DJs. Their progressive and tech sound kicked the night off perfectly with tracks like Ahmet Sendil and Koen Groeneveld’s Turboprop. During an interview after their set, they told me they first met whilst DJing at Ministry in June 2010 and enjoyed each other’s style so much that they decided to collaborate. Hemisphere DJs was born, reflecting the fact that Elliot Bolton is from the UK and Stewart Cook is from Australia and it’s only the hemisphere that divides them. Their passion for music is obvious, with Stewart being drawn to London because of it. Elliot enthused, “We love the music, we love playing with the crowd, we love the atmosphere the crowd gives us and we always give it back to them”. Their affinity with the crowd is noticeable, with clubbers quickly diverted from the bar towards the DJ booth, magnetised by the music.

Next, a DJ at the top of my ‘to see’ list. Manuel de la Mare is a master on the decks and in production. It’s no surprise that he won Beatport’s 2011 Music Award of Top Remixer of the Year, especially if you listen to his recent remix of Sander van Doorn’s Love is Darkness, where he utterly transformed a relatively soft (for SvD) trance track into a killer progressive house track. On the decks, he kept me dancing throughout his set, playing tracks like Chris Lake’s Secrets in the Dark (Alex Kenji Remix), Alex Kenji and Tomas Gold’s What’s Up and Thomas Gold’s remix of Jay C and Felix Baumgartner’s Souk. His set was energising and intoxicating in equal measures; I simply didn’t want it to end.

Entering DJ Mag’s Top 100 poll this year at 87 and fresh from ASOT 500, Arnej played an unrelenting set, including Cosmic Gate’s Fire Wire and Armin van Buuren’s remix of Faithless’ Not Going Home. This was 4am music at its best: sculpted purely for a busy dance floor. This DJ is set to chart higher and higher in the Top 100, particularly if you consider his perfectly paced album, The Journey Unknown: Collected Works; his expansion into other medias with his development of a video game project, Heroes of Newerth; and, most importantly, his ability to captivate crowds with stunning sets.

This was the kind of night I look to Ministry to supply: big names you can rely on to provide wicked sets, debuts from the hottest DJs and introductions to hidden gems.

-Ann Bartholomew

Check out Hemisphere DJs on Facebook or here where you hear their mix podcasts and download them for free.

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