Leeds has a tremendous background in techno, with Sven Vath bringing his Cocoon party to the green fields of Temple Newsam each year, for the past five years. Ricardo Villalobos, Craig Richards, Richie Hawtin and Sven himself tore apart the rave hungry fans of tasty techno back in July. Those in attendance need wait no longer for the return of the mighty cocoon imprint, as Mint Warehouse hosts a welcome return of the world beating German brand.
Main attraction will be the mighty Chilean, Ricardo Villalobos. Building a reputation over the last 20 years for lean, stripped back, atmospheric microcosms he creates with his music, Villalobos minute ecosystems of off cut vocals mixed with background haze and low end bass notes have been setting dancefloors alight across Europe and America for sometime now. His ability to keep your body moving whilst he takes you on a slow trip throughout the far reaches of techno has often been imitated, but never even closely replicated.
Ricardo Villalobos Live
Whilst what he does seems on the surface simple, once faintly examined, all sorts of complexities arise with his sound, sounds that far reach others in his field. His presence as a DJ is mesmerizing, as he calmly switches up beats and basslines crossing the techno spectrum. Last year's Dependant and Happy LP had the techno world in uproar whilst his resounding mastery of subtlety, and downright DJing prowess continues to be a flawlessly invigorating trip that you won't want to end.
Turkish DJ and producer Onur Ozer provides the support. Spending his youth in Turkey, Onur soaked up his native culture, traditional music, and the sights and sounds around him and transposed that upon his techno leanings, resulting in a creating a seemingly alien vibe that had him snapped up by a whole host of German techno labels, plucking him from Istanbul’s stuck-in-their-ways nightclubs and dropping him directly into underground demand in Berlin. Onur has been in a rich vein of form recently, and has been particularly busy in Britain with the UKs techno family lapping up his esoteric, mind bending sets and productions.
Raresh, Alexandra, Annie Errez and Bobby O’Donnell round off a line up of techno heavyweights.
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Our Golden Ticket has to be the 26th October’s arrival of the last ever Asylum. Its with a heavy heart that Leeds says goodbye to what has become one of the cities pride and joys. Celebrating its 10th birthday whilst simultaneously saying farewell, Asylum's last night, fittingly entitled The End, aims to draw things to a close in incredible style. The line up alone boasts some of the finest names working in house and disco.
Headlining is Kerri Chandler, one of the forefathers of deep house. DJing since the age of 13, his pioneering tactic of lacing each of his records with a deep soulful vibe was trailblazing in the day. He has continued to progress the sound of 4/4 house music, expanding it beyond reaches previously thought possible. He’s also a damn nice guy to boot, and his passion for his craft shines through in his sets as he whips up the crowd in his own unique style. Check out his Boiler Room appearance (below) to get a feel for the Kerri Chandler experience.
Disco and house live five piece Crazy P are also lined up to for Asylums final swing. If there’s any band more adept at inciting a party, we’d like to hear it. Maxxi Soundsystem, Futureboogie and PBR Streetgang round off a soulful, disco-fueled house night that has all the hallmarks of a stone cold classic.
Maurice Fultonand Acid Mondays head up the second room, whilst Leigh Lerwell and Andy Whittaker are at the controls in room three.
It’s going to be a farewell party to remember, an apt end to what has been an incredible ten years.