We've been putting parties on in Sheffield a year now and in that time we've had the pleasure of booking the likes of Hunee, Midland, Loefah, Palms Trax, Call Super and many more. With strong Leeds connections, that include one of our trio living and attending university here, we thought it was about time we took the plunge!
So... it is with huge excitement that we are able to announce Pretty Pretty Good's Leeds Launch! We're kicking things off in the intimate basement of Wire with two hour sets from both Adesse Versions and Chaos In The CBD! The former hasn't played in Leeds for 2 1/2 years, so a return is long overdue, while the latter are making their Leeds debut. With Yak going B2B with Kudan to complete the line-up, it's safe to say we're pretty chuffed with it. Exams are over and Summer has officially started, so it's the perfect time for a midweek party, right? See you in the dance.
Wednesday 8th June
11pm - 4am
Adesse Versions [Numbers / Local Talk Records / Prime Numbers] (2 Hour Set)
Chaos In The CBD [ClekClekBoom / Rhythm Section / Church] (2 Hour Set)
Yak B2B Kudan [Pretty Pretty Good / Circular Jaw]
[Numbers / Local Talk / Prime Numbers]
Adesse Versions is the latest incarnation of Kevin Gorman, a DJ and producer active under various names for over a decade. His music releases span respected labels including Numbers, Local Talk, Ostgut Ton and Cocoon.
As Theo Parrish said 'Love of the music should be the driving force… With that love, sampling can become a tribute; an expansion on ideas long forgotten.' Adesse Versions started as a re-edit project while Kevin lived in Vietnam. It grew quickly, with the first ever live gig being a dubplate set on the Boiler Room. Releases such as 'Baayi', 'Pressured' and 'Pride' have cemented his place, with supporters including legends Gilles Peterson, Derrick May and Larry Heard.
As Adesse Versions, Kevin is paying tribute to his musical idols and creating what he considers to be timeless music. Through rough sampling and raw emotion, he is bringing a cut-and -paste ethos to house music. A former mainstay of the techno world, the music released under his birth name graced labels such as Ostgut Ton, Curle and his own imprint Mikrowave. He's been remixed by the likes of Marcel Dettmann and Joseph Capriati too, and his techno heritage means he has the extensive repertoire required to take Wire on a winding musical journey. Expect fire.
As a DJ, expect the sound of an artist that has toured the world many times over. Exclusive edits will certainly be involved, alongside a wide selection of music that comes from a deep knowledge and love of what he does. To hear this in action, check out the monthly Adesse Versions show on Rinse FM.
2015 saw the release of 'Pride' which was played everywhere from BBC Radio 1 to Movement Detroit and received a repress on Jackmaster’s Numbers label (https://soundcloud.com/nmbrs/adesse-versions-pride-nmbrs36). Other major record companies have also taken note, resulting in a remix of Henry Krinkle for Sony music (https://soundcloud.com/adesseversions/henry-krinkle-stay-adesse-versions-remix-preview). We're delighted to welcome Adesse Versions to headline our launch party, especially as his return to the city is now long overdue!
Chaos in the CBD
[ClekClekBoom / Rhythm Section / Church]
Hailing from Auckland, New Zealand, brothers Ben and Louis Helliker-Hales are thrilled to finally be making their Leeds debut! They've have worked together for the past 8 years, producing and DJing extremely informed house and techno as Chaos In The CBD. Working with motifs drawn from the historical continuum of house music, the brothers pay homage to the timeless classics of the dance spectrum, with a forward thinking twist. They have a broader range than most and ver the last four years have made everything from 808 cowbell drum tracks for and synth-reinforced techno, to drowsy, soul-soaked house with piano and low-key sax solos culled from dimly lit jazz bars.
Since relocating to London in 2012, they’ve released a string of acclaimed records through ClekClekBoom, Rhythm Section, Church, Amadeus, Needwant and Hot Haus Records. Along the way they’ve marked themselves out as one of the most eminent underground DJ/production duos to emerge out of the South Pacific in recent years. 'Midnight in Peckham' is perhaps their most recognisable release and reflects the tangled knot of hip-hop, soul, jazz, funk and house at the centre of Rhythm Section International, the label it was released on. The New Zealanders further demonstrate their mecurial touch on the excellent disco-funk workouts of '816 To Nunhead'.
The pair split their time between the studio and performing around Europe and the UK as well as Australia and New Zealand. With a number of releases always waiting to be pressed, Chaos In The CBD are establishing themselves as underground heroes that stand apart from so many of their peers, and are showing no sign of slowing down yet!
[Pretty Pretty Good]
Yak is a DJ who can smash you over the head repeatedly and yet leave you wanting more. He's about more than just that though, and increasingly you'll find him weaving around the entirety of the electronic and bass music spectrum to get any dancefloor bouncing. Yak the producer is also finding some real momentum and already has his debut EP out on Circular Jaw, with other releases on their way on the Classical Trax and eatmybeat imprints. He's receiving airplay all over the place too, from NTS and Rinse FM to Berlin Community Radio and BBC Radio 1Xtra, with heavy support coming from the likes of Loefah, Madam X, DJ Barely Legal, Paleman, Klose One and many more.
He's supported the likes of Palms Trax, Ejeca, Dark Sky and XXXY over the past year, as well as featuring alongside Evian Christ, Submotion Orchestra, James Holden & Lapalux at Tramlines Festival. Yak is a man who lives and breathes for his craft and we're tipping him to go far, so get down early to catch him on warm up duties, B2B with Kudan.
[Pretty Pretty Good]
PPG owner, co-founder and resident Kudan has been demonstrating his skills behind the decks more and more over the last few months. He's already secured sets at Hope Works, The Harley, The Tuesday Club and Trafalgar Warehouse, supporting the likes of Floating Points, Ben UFO, Pearson Sound and Palms Trax. He isn't really a DJ but, with possibly the greatest selection of anyone ever, that doesn't stop him from being totally sick.