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Review On Louche Snowbombing Warm Up 19th January 2013

There was some amazing line ups this weekend, with the likes of Jamie XX and Floating Points playing at Canal Mills and Motor City Drum Ensemble at Mint Club. There really is no place like Leeds for Deep House, this city plays host to some of the biggest and best promoters in the UK, in our eyes it is the capital of house.

We were lucky enough to get tickets to Louche last night to see the German pioneer, Motor City Drum Ensemble. Arriving at The Mint Club with queues heaving, we were in fear of one of them nights were it takes you 2 hours just to get in with or without tickets and being face planted against a wall where you can not even move to enjoy the music. We were assured it was not over packed inside, it was solely the bouncers on a power trip, which was quite reassuring. Being great promoters and organisers, the Louche lads soon put an end to this and we got in a lot quicker than anticipated. This was a great relief as having a group of girls obviously from the ‘Made In Chelsea’ cast exploring what the true partiers attend on the weekends questioning, “well so is this like a house night what even is it” really did piss me off.

Once getting in the heavy bass of the music and the uplifting vibes pumping through the club, through the Funktion 1 system ensured us that we where in for a great night. We entered Mint to Motor City Drum Ensemble gracing the decks. His song selection was second to none, and paired with his exquisite mixing skills, he had all the traits of a great DJ.

We took position on the dance floor staring into the famous ceiling lights, flashing away to the beat, guiding you through every different pace that the tracks had to offer.

As the night went on, I started to find myself being shoved and the dance floor was slowly turning into a human pin ball machine. The fascination of some people willing to trample over everyone like a stampede to try get to the front to be nearer the DJ (it does not make the music sound any better get in the middle). The club started getting far too packed, that is started becoming uncomfortable. This was far too familiar having had to leave Miguel Campbell a few months back because of the same issue, however a lot worse (but we won’t get into that).

Another issue was that there was 3 overweight muslims, covered in gold chains, simply doing whatever possible to start a fights, constantly harassing girls and pushing everybody needlessly. They where also trying to bully people into giving them cigs and their drinks, this really did start to panic us.

We were simply trying to enjoy the buzz and be on cloud 9, however every time that we where enjoying our selves, somebody felt the need to barge into us within 15 seconds.

Overall we had a decent night, the music was amazing, hats off for the bookings. However, this club need to learn to stop overfilling capacity, as I can assure you that I will not be visiting Mint Club again for a long time after my last two experiences there. The other issue being the crowd, we have blogged about this in the past, we just hate fighting and people starting fights.

Recommended Gigs in Leeds For The Rest of January

Our first recommendation is:

Butter Side Up with Amir Alexander at Wire Club on Friday 11th January 2013.

At Butter Side Up you are always guaranteed to have a great night. You will be partying alongside the perfect crowd. Also, we love The Wire, such a nice compact venue with an amazing Funktion One sound system, perfect for any underground night.

Wth Amir Alexander (a truly formidable DJ) behind the decks you are going to experience some amazing American influenced underground house. You just can beat them old school vinyl sets. And as for the residents, the never fail to impress.

We definitely recommend this one, here is the link to the Facebook event:

http://www.facebook.com/events/484927551557628/.

Next, is in my eyes the biggest night of the month. It’s that big, that even though it is sold out we are recommending you find tickets:

Wax:On – Jamie XX, Floating Points, Huxley + more @ Canal Mills on 19th January 2013
This has all of the ingredients of an amazing night. The line up is quite simply… stunning. May we add also, the we have been desperate to see Jamie XX for a while now and this is our chance. I wouldn’t even like to think how much was spent on this line up, will it be worth it?
As for the venue, Canal Mills has quickly cemented itself as one of the best underground clubs in Leeds, if not the best. The venue is amazing, the sound system is amazing and the visuals are amazing. There is no reason not to love everything about this dingy old warehouse… or is there. Referring back to my last post the one problem I do find with here is the crowd, countless amounts of ‘posers’. Obviously, this is depending on the night, but there is no way of knowing what you are going to walk in to. I think however, it is worth the risk for this one.
Have fun dealing with the touts.
You can find the event link below:
Last but not least…
Back To Basics Presents SUPERFREQ with MR C and AFFIE YUSEF at The Garage on January 26th 2013
Back to Basics have been pioneers of the underground scene in Leeds for 21 years and have very much established themselves as “The Party People” and my god do they live up to their reputation. No promoter can throw a night like this, the atmosphere, the crowd, the DJs and their choice of venue is all carefully selected to bring a true experience for anyone who has a love for the music.
The Garage is exactly what it says on the tin… a garage. Recently winning the best small club award from DJ Mag and in the top 10 for Mixmag it is safe to say you do not win this sort of recognition from such established brands for no reason. Recently reequipping themselves with a nice set of Funktion Ones. One thing that does stand out about The Garage is their staff, nothing ever seems to much and you always feel at home, unlike some other venues.
We think this is one event that can NOT be missed. Here is the link to the Facebook for more information on this event:

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Is Underground House Music Dying?

I have come to realise in the past few months how much the underground house music scene is changing and slowly becoming more commercial.

Whilst sitting in a small commercial bar, having a few quiet drinks to the sound of Rhianna, followed by Justin Bieber I suddenly heard a change in the music, the song next was Julio Bashmore – Au Seve, which was then followed by more typical, cheesy RnB tracks. 

Having been told of this track along with others, such as Maya Jane Coles and Duke Dumont – The Giver being played in many commercial venues across Leeds, I ask you, is underground house music dying? What is classed as underground music nowadays? 

I used to love this scene more than anything (and still do), but having been to several venues (of which I will not name) recently, only to see violence including people being bottled as well as Jersey Shore like ‘posers’ prancing around with no shirts on barging into people, who are just simply wanting to have a good time.

This scene used to be about the love of the music and the love of other people and I, along with many others are scared that this is coming to an end. Seeing the likes of Circo Loco becoming more of a ‘cool trend’ than about the music, after their long, amazing history just hurts me inside. 

What does everyone else think of this? I think it is a great topic for discussion.

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To find information on the latest gigs, news and inside information within the underground music scene of Leeds, from a fellow clubbers, just like yourself. As well as information on the competitions, the most exclusive gig’s in Leeds and the chance to win £1,000′s simply join our mailing list:

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