Locked Groove, from Belgium, gave one of the smoothest sets of the weekend, utilising all range of dynamics and pauses in a fluid but intense 90 minutes. In contrast to someone like Objekt, who absorbed you into his own feel for the records and transfixed you within his jut, Locked Groove was more about dancing. And dance one did.
Locked Groove’s debut release Rooted was for Scuba’s Hotflush label, an EP focused on the finer, softer edges of tech-house. ‘Drowning’, a Panorama Bar juggernaut, harnessed that dragging Berlin low end synth and military-esque percussion while ‘Rooted’, perhaps the choicest cut, had a core of jazz filament and crescendoing reverb, rising to a layer of brilliant noise.
Moving to Turbo Recordings for his second release, Locked Groove hardened his sound. The highest point of his set at Dimensions - the last forty five minutes - reflected more of his Different Paths release than its predecessor. It was lush, varied, and dynamic, moving from smooth, incessant techno to hardened bass driven beats and indicating a real feel for what and when to drop the next track.
It was always obvious that Locked Groove had something, but I didn’t realise until Dimensions that he had it. A really welcome discovery. Go see him asap.