Anyone who likes to dance in close proximity to their favourite DJs, and get crystal clear sound with a like-minded crowd: Octan is the club for you, and Apollonia’s Planet Claire night is essential. The newest addition to the White Isle is actually a subtle refurbished and rejuvenated space formerly known as The Basement. Now in new hands, it is a real hot bed of underground cool… literally.
The basement space has new air con to keep you cool, and even before you sink downstairs it has you in a spin with the huge artwork that adorns the outside walls of the club. Painted by Leeds artist Nicholas Dixon, it is a bright, hand drawn mural that echoes the great New York legend Keith Haring. Once you path beneath that you discover an unfussy club with slick minimal lines and great mood lighting, but nothing too over the top.
Early on in the night we get down to the perfectly pitched and balance house of Omar. Silky synths, candle lit pads and rolling grooves that you latch on to and never want to go. As the place fills up he ups the ante a little but when he hands over to Nicholas Lutz there is a real surge. The My Own Jupiter label boss strips things right back before rebuilding with spaced out tech, futuristic electro and micro house that is well reduced but utterly compelling.
Then it is the turn of the mina attraction – the French trip who know a certain brand of deep hosu better than surely anyone. They dig deep into their collective bangs and come correct with watery dubbed out grooves, more jazzy up chord laced house and kicking, driving beats. They all take roughly event turns to mix and select and give plenty of attention to the crowd, who love it and reply in kind.
Some of the standout tunes in the night come from Mihai Pol, Ada Kaleh and Sweely, whose It Comes From Him is super quick and slick, with flapping hits and drums really upping the energy levels. If you like classy sounds in a classy setting and prefer to steer away from the VIP highlife and pomp that dominates much of Ibiza, Octan and Planet Claire is for you.