January is a time of reflection: Another year done; Christmas and New Year over, and no more Warehouse Project events for bloomin' ages. Fortunately, January 2013 looks set to be different; thanks to the inclusion of several new Warehouse Project nights in what can be a sparse winter calendar.
But there's a twist: For the extra Warehouse nights, the main room will be closed, with access limited to the rear two rooms only. Sweaty and intimate barely covers it.
The pick of the auxiliary Warehouse party bunch is Metropolis. Always a highlight of the traditional Warehouse program, Metropolis have curated more top-drawer drum'n'bass lineups than you or I have had hot dinners.
Now, Metropolis are bringing two of the genre's biggest acts back to the Warehouse in the form of Shy FX and Chase & Status. Shy FX – Andre Williams to his mam – has been in the game for over two decades, forging a popular partnership with T Power and producing records for the likes of Dizzee Rascal and Plan B.
Rather more fresh-faced than their co-headliner on the Metropolis bill, Chase & Status' appearance at Warehouse Project will mark a return to the city where the duo first met at university ten years ago.
Chase & Status have also worked with Plan B, most notably on breakthrough hit End Credits in 2009. The pair will be hoping to pick up 2013 where they left off in 2012, a year in which they won over partisan crowds at Download Festival and began working on their third LP.
Also featuring on the Metropolis bill are Hype, Joker, Killsonic, TC, Dimantle, North Base, Northern Lights, Mark XTC and Mak. It promises to be a sure-fire cure for the winter blues.