8 Tracks: Of Tangent

Celebrating five years of the party run by Nick The Record and John Gómez...

8 Tracks: Of Tangent

Celebrating five years of the party run by Nick The Record and John Gómez...

Tangent, one of London’s most loved parties turns five this September. Residents Nick the Record and John Gómez started the party at a time when London was seeing many of its small clubs closing. To remedy this, Tangent’s aim was to create a space in which the two residents could share their favourite records in an intimate setting and on a top-class sound system. From day one they have maintained a strict no guest policy: as London’s clubs have become more and more reliant on international guests, they emphasized the importance of a club night growing through its residents.

Tangent started out in Troyganic, a small basement underneath a Turkish café on Kingsland Road in which they installed a D&B Audiotechnik sound system with the help of Darren Morgan. With an erratic manager and virtually no passing trade, they never knew what to expect on arrival. Nick recalls how “sometimes the basement needed clearing, sometimes the manager had forgotten to hire security, and one time they arrived to find the owner had built an actual wall right through the dancefloor.” Despite all of these misadventures, Tangent grew from a small gathering of friends to a party that eventually outgrew the space (spurred on, no doubt, by the wall in the middle of the dancefloor) and after three years it relocated to The Pickle Factory, the perfect home to continue the party.

Ahead of the fifth anniversary party tomorrow at Pickle Factory, Nick and John select 8 tracks that represent what Tangent is all about...


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Francis The Great - Look Up In The Sky (Négro Nature)

John: This was the first tune that was played at the first Tangent. We had just finished setting up the sound system at the time the party was due to start. We’d spent all day preparing the space and hadn’t had time to eat anything, so Nick put on this amazing and extremely rare record while we had a quick bite in the makeshift booth. As the record played I thought to myself: bloody hell what have I got myself into… If Nick’s first record in an empty room is this, how the heck am I going to keep up? I think we’ve pretty much been reliving that dynamic with every record we’ve played since. Nick: I haven't thought about that since then. I'm sure my reason for putting that on was that it's long and gave us time to eat. I didn't mean to intimidate my young apprentice.... or did I???

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