El Diablos has built a reputation on providing Manchester’s famously open minded clubbers with a journey through only the finest reaches of dance music. The mantra is simple – create the perfect environ for ‘psychedelic disco deviance’. Raiding everything from wonky italo to alien funk, raw house grooves up to string laden disco, the presence of Piccadilly Records’ Neil Scott and Dave Walker as residents has ensured the city’s personality has remained a core focus throughout.
It’s that Mancunian mandate that makes them a perfect fit for 2022NQ, and with that focus on Balearic attitude if sadly meteorological reality a genuine prospect of, metaphorically speaking, sunshine for the extended weekend. Past guests have included Maurice Fulton, Greg Wilson, Todd Terje, Danny Krivit and Hercules & Love Affair’s Andy Butler, and this time round they will bounce to the beat of Darshan Jesrani.
As one half of disco inspired house music masters Metro Area, Darshan helped reshape the terrain of electronic music in the early stages of the twenty first century. Their self titled debut album stands out as one of the very few bonafide classics house music has ever mustered, gloriously evocative of the greatness of electronic music shorn of vocals and obvious hooks.
On the solo tip Darshaan has just as warmly received, whether delivering difficult to pigeonhole productions and remixes or as a selector du jour behind the decks. As befitting of a man of his standing, his sets transpire the great and good of house, disco, techno and even the more delicious corners of pop music. He’s the perfect guest to bring in ten years of malevolently sordid musical swagger.