REVIEW: The Lab LDN, Groove Odyssey presents Terry Hunter
This intimate party was organised by house scene purveyors, Groove Odyssey in collaboration with legendary Mixmag magazine on a Thursday evening with Chicago house music don, Terry Hunter, as part of the Lab music events series (which operates in various countries) and was way too good an opportunity to miss. Free guest lists were offered to Groove Odyssey supporters (event clubbers).
When the invite stated the event was at Mixmag offices and that it would be intimate, it was surprising to see it was literally in the office but with all the fabulous backdrop lighting, stunning white gloss fibreglass bass Void speakers and Terry Hunter DJing, everything else was irrelevant.
The bijou space included many old school underground music lovers and there were faces (DJs and promoters) from Groove Odyssey, Makin’ Moves, back to ’95, Garage Nation and it was a great surprise to see Mi-Soul DJs there as well (Paul ‘Trouble’ Anderson, Booker T and Martin Lodge), In addition, Groove Odyssey and Mixmag supporters were there to celebrate the event.
Terry Hunter played the most uplifting, soulful deep house that had everyone moving to the beats from the first track offered until the end of his set. Although not every track was recognisable, a mix of jazz, afro, deep, soulful and electro influenced house filled the room. To hear a few Chicago house classics were an extra blessing. Terry Hunter’s set was only 1 hour but it was the best hour spent in a long time. He reminded us why Chicago is the mecca of original house music by giving us classic tracks like “Ralphi Rosario – You Used to Hold Me” and “Chuck Roberts/Fingers Inc. – My House”.
It felt like a warm up to the next Groove Odyssey event (in 2 days’ time) at Ministry of Sound where their regular events are held and an insight into what the possibilities of the forthcoming Groove Odyssey Ibiza (19th-22nd May 2017) with a line-up which includes Terry Hunter, Mike Dunn, Bobby & Steve, Paul Trouble Anderson, John Morales, Joey Negro, Neil Pierce, Back2Luv, HanLei, Monique Bingham and many more.
At the end, after plenty of applauses and respect for the DJs, organisers or attendees many left satisfied but probably wanting more. Terry Hunter set high standards for the next Groove Odyssey event and the Groove Odyssey team reminded their supporters that house is not just somewhere you visit, it’s a home you live in and that it’s an uplifting lifestyle.