On 15th of March, Broken Mechanics are to descend into the Wire basement to set up stall for subby UK techno/bass, casting aside the unnecessary thrills of house or disco as they seek to provide Leeds with dance music in its rawest form. With them, they enlist the help of an upcoming Bristolian DJ and producer who is making a big impression on the UK bass scene. Music to shake the body and consume the mind.
A rising star of the Bristol underground, Batu doesn’t need a lot of tools to build something powerful. Stacking loops of sequenced percussion hits, sub-bass frequencies and abstract sounds, he is able to make music that defies expected conventions. Drawing from the Hessle book of abstract dungeon thumpers, his percussive focus puts rhythm at the forefront, using bass as a vessel for dancefloor frenzy. His releases on Mistry, Timedance and Livity Sound sister label Dnuos Ytivil have already been responsible for chaotic scenes in hazy night clubs across the country, his weighty experiments testing the parameters of a sound that is as distinctly British as any other in the underground.
A debut at Wire for new kids on the block Broken Mechanics, the event will also feature the night’s founders and residents Thom Meakin aka Croma and Ed Key. Following a similar philosophy to their incoming guest, the Broken Mechanics DJs will look to whip up an electric storm as they enter the fray.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photos courtesy of Broken Mechanics