Dimensions was always going to light a rocket in their swansong at Fort Punta Christo. Few could argue that they have done anything but booked a line-up that mirrors the gravity of the situation. As ever, the roster includes so much more than just linear house and techno. There’s afrobeat from Awesome Tapes From Africa, electro from Jenson Interceptor, dubstep from Hessle Audio, a classical orchestra and even a cameo from legendary rocker Tony Allen. We delve into the vaults of their mix series to shine a spotlight on the wide range of music available.
When it comes to certifiable legends, you can’t get more thoroughbred than Larry Heard AKA Mr. Fingers. Here, the pioneer expertly blends the classic sound of Chicago house. It might be from the 80s or the present day, but it sounds timeless in any respect.
Sticking with the Chicago connection, we next turn to another of the city’s sons. Sadar Bahar has used his Mid-West base as a for stockpiling music of black origin. Funk, soul, disco and rare-groove - he’s amassed it all. This live recording of his set with Lee Collins from 2017’s festival provides a glimpse of his vast haul.
Crossing the pond to Europe, we next examine Hamburg-native Helena Hauff. She has done much to propel electro back into populism, with two exceptional albums and untold high-octane performances. This entry might not feature her at her unrelenting, gloves-off hardest, but still captures an artist unafraid to take risks whilst keeping things tight sonically.
The next mix might be harder to pigeon-hole, since Uruguayan selector Nicolas Lutz’s track criteria is merely records he likes the sound of. Refusing to stick to any one genre, he weaves through the spectrum of electronic music with finesse. A Ticket Tannoy favourite - check-out why.
There isn’t much that gets past Kirsti. null+void founder, blogger, radio host and all-round music fanatic, she has made it her life’s pursuit to seek out obscure techno and electro in the hardest of places. This mix in particular is delivered with a hefty dose of UK rave nostalgia.
Berlin duo The Ghost have carved-out a niche in a city that some might accuse of being pretty saturated musically. They’ve done this by hallowing out a Mercedes bus, and turning it into the world's first mobile record shop. Canny. This approach is matched in this mix, as they steer the listener through an array of sounds including nineties techno, tech house, garage, minimal and more.
Having started on music from Chicago, it’s fitting we come full circle and end on the music of Detroit. The two cities, separated by Lake Michigan, have been instrumental in the birth and development of electronic music. Their place at Dimensions is inscrutable. Hooded ninja DJ Stingray lays down the raw techno and electro beats of Motor City.
Each and every artist featured here is set to play Dimensions this summer from 28th August to 3rd September, in addition to over 100 more artists. And we haven’t even brushed on the likes of Jeff Mills, Andrew Weatherall, Mr. Scruff and Hunee.
It's safe to say that there's something for everyone at this festival, whether it be house and disco in The Void, jazz and soul on The Beach, techno and electro in The Moat, DnB and dub in Mungo's Hi Fi arena, or cruising on the Adriatic Sea on one of the many boat parties. Take your pick...
£100 Super Early Bird Weekend tickets are running low. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience Dimensions at their Fort Punta Christo one final time.