Easter Sunday in Sydney saw us trekking out to Marrickville for the first Future Sound Of Egypt Club night in our city. Designed to showcase the music and artists of the FSOE label and promoted by the Genesis team, this was always going to be right up my street – and so it proved!

IMG_2780The Factory Theatre is not generally used as a venue for trance, although we did visit it once before for A Night Of Trance three years ago. The main room is a large space but manages to feel reasonably intimate, although the sound in some parts leaves a lot to be desired, with an echoey bass and dulled midrange and trebles. As at Digital Therapy recently, we eventually migrated to what felt like a sweet spot for the sound and maybe a few things were also tweaked by those responsible. Ultimately the sound was good enough and allowed us to enjoy the music properly.

We had hoped to catch local act, Elucidus, open the evening, but an unexpected hold up meant that we only caught the end of their set and just had time to find our friends and get some drinks before the first international, Ferry Tayle, took over. The Frenchman  has been producing a lot of great music recently, on his own but also in collaboration with the Future Sound Of Egypt’s main men: Aly & Fila. Tonight’s set was built around these tunes and, apart from a strange moment with a mashup including Zombie Nation – Kernkraft 400, I really enjoyed it.

He opened with Ferry Tayle – The Way Back Home and we also heard Aly & Fila with Omar Sherif and Jonathan Carvajal – A New Age (FSOE 400 Anthem), Ferry Corsten – Beautiful (Aly & Fila Remix), Mauro Picotto – Lizard (Indecent Noise Remix), Ferry Tayle –  Lozza, Aly & Fila with Ferry Tayle – Napoleon, Chicane – Saltwater (Ferry Tayle Remix), Aly & Fila with Ferry Tayle vs. Above & Beyond – Nubia is Good For Me (Ferry Tayle Mashup) and, to close, Ferry Corsten  –  Anahera. But it was when he dropped Aly & Fila feat. Jwaydan – We Control The Sunlight that the room exploded – I’ve rarely seen a bigger reaction to a single tune dropping as this.

Next up was Darren Porter, who continued the uplifting trance with ninety minutes of banging tunes. We missed the start as we took a breather, but as we returned to the dance floor he had just dropped Tiësto – Love Comes Again. This was followed with Ørjan Nilsen – Between The Rays and he also played Sean Tyas – Now You See (Darren Porter Remix), Alan Morris – Elation, Ayla – Ayla, Darren Porter – Terraforming, Armin van Buuren – Ping Pong (Simon Patterson Remix) and Darren Porter – Physical Overdrive. Of the night’s sets, this was definitely my least favourite, but the energy in the room remained high and things were nicely set up for the final set.

Adam Ellis is known for including a lot of classics in his sets and it seemed appropriate, therefore, that he should close the night out. And he did so in fantastic style with a set crammed with golden tunes mixed in with a few of his own productions and remixes. He played a great mashup of Armin van Buuren feat. Sharon den Adel – In And Out Of Love with Marcel Woods – Advanced and also dropped a mashup of John O’Callaghan – Stresstest (John Askew Remix) with iiO – Rapture and Commander Tom – Are Am Eye (John Askew Remix).

Bedrock – Heaven Scent, Adam Ellis – Napalm Poet, Oceanlab – Satellite (Original Above & Beyond Remix), Andain – What It’s Like (Sneijder Remix), Adam Ellis – Tears Of Lys, Armin van Buuren feat. Justine Suissa – Burned With Desire, Giuseppe Ottaviani – No More Alone, Kyau & Albert – Are You Fine?, Filo & Peri feat. Eric Lumiere – Anthem and John O’Callaghan feat. Audrey Gallagher – Big Sky (Adam Ellis Remix). It was a wonderful set, but for me the absolute highlight of the entire night was when he dropped Mekka – Diamondback, a true classic from Tiësto’s In Search Of Sunrise 2 album.

Overall this was a really good night, with a good venue, if a little out of the way, a good crowd of friendly trance lovers and good visuals and lasers. The sound problems seemed to dissolve as the night wore on – or perhaps my ears tuned in better? Anyway, we really enjoyed ourselves and I’m looking forward to the next chance to attend a Future Sound Of Egypt Club Night – and hoping to see all the DJs again as soon as possible.