September is the point where things begin to really heat up as Sankeys segue together a double header of grooves to excite their cartel of clubbers at this month’s midway juncture. Paul Taylor’s Retro takes centre stage on the Friday, his brand of revisionism a winning formula each time he hits the club. Rather than focusing on any given period Taylor and his band of DJs simply look back longingly at all of dance music’s feted stages, from the early house and disco of the ‘80s to the more recent moments of the start of the century.
On Saturday, headlining is Crosstown Rebels stalwart Russ Yallop, a man who has brought a considered elegance to the otherworldly realms of house music with his delicately balanced productions. He makes the kind of house music that has had the global scene gushing, forming a conglomerate of savvy groove merchants alongside the Visionquest and Hot Creations crews. Joining him will be Robert James, another bona fide young gun of serious pedigree with the patronage of Hot Creations and Culprit to back up his groove-heavy sound. Pete Tong favourites and sometime UB40 and Robert Owens collaborating Jackin’ Rabbit also star, and Mykel Haze rounds off a thoroughly seductive line-up. For full info, check www.sankeys.info