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John Digweed Played The Club's Final Party; Now The 'Last Night At Output' Lives On
Fridays tend to feel extra special when that album you've been waiting ages for is finally here, or a surprise drop shifts the course of your day. Today, Fri. May 3, British DJ/producer and underground house hero John Digweed's new release Last Night at Output is a not only chock-full of house and techno bangers, but it is a memento of the iconic Brooklyn club where he first shared the set.
On Dec. 31, 2018, Digweed DJed at Output for his twelth and final time, only a few weeks after the club's owners sent a ripple through the house community by announcing its eminent shuttering. Digweed kept the dancefloor moving for 10 hours (yes, you read that right, he played a 10-hour set!), playing beats from fellow underground legends like Agoria, Dixon, Josh Wink, Acid Pauli and many more, as well as some deep cuts and unreleased tracks of his own.
"Output changed the clubbing landscape in N.Y. and in six short years became the destination venue for quality house and techno in North America," Digweed tells the Recording Academy over email.
"I was lucky enough to play there 12 times and had the privilege to be the last DJ to play that room. I wanted to mix the 10-hour set up with a selection of classics tracks from the likes of Âme, Dixon, James Holden and Laurent Garnier alongside my trademark new and unreleased tracks. Sometimes it's hard to achieve a mix of old and new without some tracks sounding out of place but when I first listened back I realized how well they worked together and I wanted this set to be released and serve as a lasting memento for fans of the club."
So excited that this album is Out Today “Last Night at Output“
Available to buy / download and stream today check this link for full details: https://t.co/OfSF2mzPq7
Have you already got your copy? let us know what you think...pic.twitter.com/8gdOApIFxR
— John Digweed (@DJJohnDigweed) May 3, 2019
The vibe and music lives on with the new album, which you can get a taste of with the mini-mix above. Via Digweed's own Bedrock Records, Last Night at Output can now be enjoyed as a six-CD box set or vinyl four-pack, both with colorful packaging and limited signed editions. Beatport also offers digital download options, as well as Spotify and Apple offering a streaming version. With the album's description, the internationally-revered DJ/producer offers more context:
"Having been a regular behind the decks since it opened and having released a Live In Brooklyn album over two years ago, you could say I have a real love for this space. When it was announced that the club was closing and I would be playing the very last set there I had so many mixed emotions from sadness to joy and an overwhelming pressure to deliver a party that a club of that stature deserves. I really put my heart and soul into that party drawing from my favorite tracks over the years.
The set seemed to fly by and there was just a constant sea of smiling faces from the dance floor all night long as the crowd literally savored every record on that crystal clear sound system. After listening back to the set I knew this album had to come out and not just be another mix online. It deserved to be part of people's music collection and a memento for years to come. We have managed to license six CDs worth of music from the night. I hope you can immerse yourself in one of my favorite sets in N.Y. for years."