PLASTIC PEOPLE – The Final Session Jan 2nd : Floating Points + Fourtet

PLASTIC PEOPLE – The Final Session Jan 2nd : Floating Points + Fourtet

When Plastic people closed its doors it signed off an era. It doesn’t seem like 15 years since Ade Fakile moved his initial session from Oxford Street to Curtain Road in Shoreditch but it’s place global clubland history is ensured.

Ade at Balance. Photography David Swidells

The Legend that is Ade at Balance. Photography David Swindells

Ade’s commitment to creating, what clubland connoisseur Dave Swindells describes as, “a club with an acoustically neutral sound system, so that dancing there really felt like being inside the speaker as the music played” provided a clubbing experience that has shaped the discerning listening sensibilities of subsequent generations of regulars.

As journo and club regular Emma Warren says, “Plastic People was the archetypal nightclub. Mostly archetypes exist only in the imagination, but this one was real; a small, dark, basement nightclub with an incredible sound system run and peopled by music lovers.”

Plastic People was home to Ade’s own radical night Balance, the Co-op crew’s legendary Broken Beat sessions, Tony Nwachuku’s groundgreaking DC-R and FWD’s longstanding dubstep night alongside legendary one-off sessions from Francois K, Theo Parrish and Masters At Work amongst many others.

Personally, I have enduring memories of Ade swapping the turntables!

In honour of the club Sam Shepherd of Floating Points and Keiren Hebden of Fourtet have posted a recording of thei last sesssion at the club wich took place on Jan 2nd. This is their story.

“Over the past 8 years or so we have had, along with Theo Parrish, the honour of playing the monthly residencies at a small basement club in Shoreditch, London with an impeccable sound system. After 20 years of operation, it was time to move on and close the doors on a place that has a lot to answer for in shaping modern club culture. To say this space along with the owner Ade’s singular vision was fundamental in our personal musical formation would be a complete understatement.

On the day of their closing, manager Charlotte asked us if we’d put the system through its paces for the last time that the club would be open to the public. We set about packing the anthems from our respective residencies and on the night once the people were through the doors played 2 records in turn for the rest of the dance. We included tracks of our own and of friends that were made with that place in mind. Records like Daphni – Ye Ye and Four Tet – Pinnacles were made to first be played at Kieran’s nights there, and the Floating Points – Vacuum EP was born out of the CD-R night at the club, and its launch party was the trigger for Sam’s monthly residency.

We set this recording up just before the start of the night and unfortunately it distorts in places, but we make no apology for how joyfully noisy people get! The vibe in the room this night was typical of the club on any given night and we hope this recording captures just a fraction of the spirit of a Plastic People night.

A massive thank you from us to everyone that has come down to the nights over the years and supported our music there. We are truly humbled to have shared the music we love with people at this place, and your energy in turn has influenced the way we make music on an unfathomable scale. We also thank the bosses Charlotte Kepel and Ade Fakile for inviting us to the club and having faith in us over these years! All the best for the future!

See you in the dance

Much Love

Sam & Kieran


About Paul Brad

Freelance journalist / Publisher / Editor - Straight No Chaser magazine / Editor - L FM : Broadcasting In A Pandemic - Gilles Peterson (Worldwide FM) / Publisher: From Jazz Funk & Fusion to Acid Jazz: A History Of The UK Jazz Dance Scene by Mark 'Snowboy' Cotgrove / Music Fan: Interplanetary Sounds: Ancient to Future / Cultural Event Consultant & Activist / Nei Jia practitioner
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