Just as 2014 came to a close, influential London club Plastic People unexpectedly announced it would be closing its doors with one final party on January 2. Two artists who held monthly residencies (along with Theo Parrish) during the clubs run were Floating Points and Four Tet (pictured above), and the two UK selectors were tapped to play a six-hour set on the venue's last night. Now, a recording of the closing night celebration has surfaced online.
Featuring a diverse collection of tracks, the set is said to cover "the anthems from our respective residencies" as well as songs that were in part crafted with Plastic People in mind (Daphni's "Ye Ye" and Four Tet's "Pinnacles" among them). Having traded off every two records, Floating Points and Four Tet touch on dusty soul and jazz, Brazilian grooves, and bits of soulful house and disco throughout, weaving in a few tracks of their own into the session as well, with Floating Points' "Vacuum Boogie" and Four Tet's "Love Cry" finding their way into the mix.
The pair's full six-hour homage to the UK institution that was Plastic People can be streamed in full below and downloaded here. In addition, Floating Points' and Four Tet's joint statement on the role Plastic People played in their musical formation has also been included below.
Over the past eight years or so we have had, along with Theo Parrish, the honor of playing the monthly residencies at a small basement club in Shoreditch, London with an impeccable sound system. After 20 years of operation, it was time to move on and close the doors on a place that has a lot to answer for in shaping modern club culture. To say this space along with the owner Ade’s singular vision was fundamental in our personal musical formation would be a complete understatement.
On the day of their closing, manager Charlotte asked us if we’d put the system through its paces for the last time that the club would be open to the public. We set about packing the anthems from our respective residencies and on the night once the people were through the doors played 2 records in turn for the rest of the dance. We included tracks of our own and of friends that were made with that place in mind. Records like Daphni "Ye Ye" and Four Tet "Pinnacles" were made to first be played at Kieran’s nights there, and the Floating Points 'Vacuum' EP was born out of the CD-R night at the club, and its launch party was the trigger for Sam’s monthly residency. We set this recording up just before the start of the night and unfortunately it distorts in places, but we make no apology for how joyfully noisy people get! The vibe in the room this night was typical of the club on any given night and we hope this recording captures just a fraction of the spirit of a Plastic People night. A massive thank you from us to everyone that has come down to the nights over the years and supported our music there. We are truly humbled to have shared the music we love with people at this place, and your energy in turn has influenced the way we make music on an unfathomable scale. We also thank the bosses Charlotte Kepel and Ade Fakile for inviting us to the club and having faith in us over these years! All the best for the future! See you in the dance.
Sam & Kieran