Man Power – Resident Advisor podcast #940 2024-06-10

“Young partygoers might know Man Power, AKA Geoff Kirkwood, as the earnest geezer going back-to-back with DJs like Ewan McVicar, Paul Woolford, La La and Skream—peak-time specialists with a fine line in boofy bangers and ravey techno. Kirkwood is also a dab hand at the kind of elliptical house and deep cut detours favored by ’00s labels like DFA and Optimo.
In spite of a long track record as a producer and promoter, if you had to boil Kirkwood’s work in recent years down to a single quality, it might be altruism. He hails from North Shields, a small town fringing the boundary of Newcastle in England’s oft-neglected North East, and wears his heritage proudly. The Me Me Me label boss’s involvement in a flurry of civic restoration, and no-filter paeans to the importance of working class involvement in culture, have become as central to his life as music-making itself. For an accomplished DJ who has played at nearly every good club you could name, that’s no small feat.
So which side of Man Power were we in for? The answer on RA.940 is: both. ’60s free verse poetry, Zebra Katz, Gesaffelstein and John Carpenter in the opening stretch? Makes sense. Octave One punching through Rozalla? You got it. An extended Joe Claussell workout atop Radiohead’s “Everything In Its Right Place”? Why not. In Kirkwood’s hands, it all goes down as smooth as a pint of Newcastle Brown.”
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