We love the White Hotel for its rough and ready aesthetic, and mixed programme of raucous techno and ambient experimental. Sitting somewhere in the middle of the two, this month the venue plays host to Lancashire-born DJ and electronic music producer Sam Shackleton – better known by his last name alone. Founder of labels Skull Disco and Woe to the Sceptic Heart, Shackleton’s output cannot be easily labelled. Starting out in a distinctly dubstep vein, his sound has grown more expansive as he has matured, and later releases have been darkly ambient and unsettling. Sometimes manic, sometimes minimalist, weaving African and Indian percussive elements into deep sub bass rhythms, layered with shifting sonic detail and ominous sung and spoken word samples. One not to miss, especially considering this is the first appearance of the Berlin-based DJ for over eight years. Also in the lineup are Blue Print Records/Loose Lips resident Rommek for heavier, darkly textured sounds, and WSR’s experimental use of mutated string sounds – not to mention frequent NTS DJ Conor Thomas (Shackleton favourite and owner of The Death of Rave and Real Torque labels). Sheffield trio Denham Audio will have the heavy UK Bass at the ready, and Loose Lips residents will support with Medallion Man and Paxman taking the night into the not-so-small hours.

Fri 16 Mar, The White Hotel, Unit 3, Dickinson Street, Salford, M3 7LW, 11pm – 6am, £10 – £18, www.residentadvisor.net

Fri 16 Mar - Sat 17 Mar
Olivia Rye
Published on:
Mon 12 Mar 2018