Butter Side Up has enjoyed another prosperous year in Leeds, with the team behind the 4 and a half year old club night having invited a long line of respected selectors to their home at Wire since September last year. The likes of Mark E, Craig Richards, Jane Fitz, Tama Sumo, Kyle Hall, Fred P, Prosumer, Bobby O’Donnell and Motor City Drum Ensemble have all come over to play underneath Call Lane in the city centre, always playing alongside a selection of Butter Side Up’s supremely talented residents.
As a final onslaught before a long summer playing at a number of festivals, as well as in London for the second party in the Southern series, Butter Side Up have invited Metrolux label head XDB to do the honours.
Being a DJ for almost 2 decades is reason enough for being proficient at selecting top-drawer house and techno, but add years of employment at a record shop, a label flaunting 6 high quality releases and attention from the likes of Patrice Scott and Norm Talley (2 previous BSU guests) and you have quite the mixer. XDB’s vinyl only record label Metrolux has released music from Atheus, Arne Weinberg, Jitterbug, Naoki Shinohara and XDB himself, with the sound leaning towards the deep, trippy techno that would be right at home on Germany’s darkest dance floors. When DJing however, XDB knows how to work a floor with peaks and troughs that journey up through synth heavy house and down from 303 laden tech.
XDB’s own discography is an impressive running that dates back to his debut EP on Metrolux, with releases on many other labels that include Sistrum, Dolly, Diamonds & Pearls and Echocord with his most recent single Tonik, which is taken from the Ganvion EP, being played by a wide range of selectors including the likes of Owen Jay, Johannes Volk, Apollonia and John Heckle.
Tickets are on sale now.
Words by Josh Plews
Images courtesy of Butter Side Up and XDB