One of the highlights of my year is to check out what each DJ has to bring at the royalty of all parties – Time Warp. Starting in 1994 on the Rhine river bank, the one night festival has now evolved to a 41 artist, 6 room, 19 hour experience based in a cavernous hanger Mannheim, Germany.
As you can tell by its name, Time Warp does what it says on the tin – bringing music so good that it transports you into another dimension with it’s galactic but tightly programmed light show. By the time the closing song nears the end of its playtime, you are left wondering what hour of the early morning it could possibly be. After powering through all of this year’s available mixes, we’ve come with our 5 essential mixes below.
Apollonia deliver some classy deep and tech house ensuring a constant groove was hypnotising the room. Keeping in touch with their mandate to play tracks old and new, the trio looked in their element as their feel good tracks were met with affectionate reception.
Displaying some sublime mixing skills and reading of the crowd, Rodhad’s pulsing Techno set was certainly one for the heads. Once Nihad Tule’s Lean Forward kicked in, the crowd’s minds were getting deep fried heavier than your local chicken wings.
An amazing straight up house music set by the Desolat boss with a festive, bouncy vibe. An energetic set which put a permanent smile on every attendees’ face . One for the fans of the groove.
Fittingly for Time Warp, Stuttgart DJ-maverick decides to turn the stage into a Jovian spaceship. Abducting his audience with the extraterrestrial techno on show, Sibold takes them through the outskirts of the Milky Way and lands them back to Mannheim. All in the space of 60 minutes
Chosen as the closing 12-2pm set for the main stage, the Russian DJ’s mesmerising set justified its booking. Nobody could take the crown from a set so devastatingly good. Nina obliterated the dance floor with her trippy blend of techno and penchant for warped out vocals. My chin was hanging in the air for a solid 10 minutes after the the Techno Queen decided to close the set with Dutch Hardstyle.