Ringing in their second year of existence and residency at 45 Euclid in Rochester, New York, the Signal > Noise crew really outdid themselves in early February with the booking of Detroit legend Claude Young for an open-to-close, six hour long set. Since their inception in January of 2015, they’ve seen tremendous amounts of success and brought to Rochester a slew of names that were never thought possible to grace Western New York. Even though each party outperformed the last, Claude Young seemed to be an act that just couldn’t be pulled off, and as S>N brain child Rob Dunn put it:
“Claude Young was always viewed by the S>N crew as like a gold standard for U.S. house and techno DJs. He was a guy we compared every other potential featured artist against, and almost a quasi-unobtainable dream booking. Needless to say, we were SUPER excited to lock him down for this party, our one year anniversary no less, and he was too.”
Upon walking in to 45 Euclid, fans were immediately embraced by an overwhelmingly good vibe and a desire to dance. Just warming up, Claude works his way through a number of genres from Detroit house, to hard acid, to smooth techno, and even through some darker stuff, having the patrons grooving with ease throughout the entirety of the evening. It was this sort of risk-taking along with incredible mixing prowess and techniques like copy and paste mixing, that kept fans guessing all night. Disco hits were met with acid bangers and hard techno stompers left fans speechless while dancing, as he blended his tracks flawlessly and almost effortlessly. His fluidity was unparalleled as Claude seemingly conducted this set for all to enjoy, and the fact that we were able to catch a recording of the whole darned thing is quite the special treat. Having told several people prior to the show that he thought it would go down as a Signal > Noise fan favorite, and with the joy of witnessing Young and the fans, it appears Rob’s prediction was correct judging by early reactions.
Fortunately for us, the set was recorded and is being released in three-two hour parts, and part 1 was released today. You can give it a listen on the Signal>Noise Soundcloud and be on the lookout for parts 2 and 3 soon. As usual, the hosting of this party also brings the announcement of the next S>N installment, this time taking place at the end of April. Norm Talley, another Detroit legend and former S>N performer, will team up with Chicago legend Delano Smith for an epic b2b set. Support from Buffalo’s Rufus Gibson means the vibes will seriously be on point all evening so everyone best be prepared to come correct on April 23rd.