February sees yet another in an increasingly frequent stream of huge nights at Leeds’ Canal Mills, as Resident Advisor brings a vibrant selection of the UK’s biggest talent for what promises to be a night of quite ridiculous proportions.
Making his first appearance in the north of England since unleashing Kanye’s Blood On The Leaves and On Sight in an exclusive preview at Parklife, Glaswegian hip-hop and electronic production maestro Hudson Mohawke will bring the huge beats which saw him picked as one of the select few producers given creative license on West’s platinum-selling album Yeezus. Famed for his cross-genre turntabling and notorious for his indulgent approach to partying, HudMo has followed up 2009 LP Butter with a series of shorter releases including Satin Panthers, upon which the frenzied rhythms and roaring basslines of Thunder Bay and perfectly unkempt synths of CBAT can be found. Following this up with collaboration with Lunice on the equally chaotic TNGHT EP, the Scot will have a powerful arsenal of his own tracks to draw from to add to an impeccable knowledge of beat-led hip-hop, funk and electronica.
Having joined HudMo in wreaking havoc in Manchester in July, Jackmaster’s inclusion on the bill ensures that it’s another night worth clearing the diary for, with the duo’s penchant for excess invariably creating an unbreakable party atmosphere. One of the most regular names on Warehouse Project lineups in recent years, Jackmaster has earned himself a reputation as one of the strongest mix-only DJs around, with his 2013 Mastermix building further on another prolific year.
George Fitzgerald’s brand of melodic house and techno basslines is well-known after a succession of releases on Domino, Highflush Recordings and Hypercolour amongst others. With his confident first entry into the Boiler Room last year producing a mix containing the likes of Midland, Bicep and Paul Woodford, there is little room for doubt that he knows his audience inside out, given the ear for hooks exemplified on Aus Music release ‘Child’.
Paul Woolford himself returns to his childhood town having been dropping big techno tracks from across the globe for over a decade, and will be drawing on tracks from last year’s Special Request LP Soul Music as he brings a bottom-heavy stream of bass music once again. Responsible for huge remixes of tracks from the likes of Kassem Mosse and Anthony Naples ,as well as 'that' Hackney Parrot VIP, Woolford will be representing the pirate radio vibes championed so strongly by Four Tet in 2013.
Sam Shepherd aka Floating Points (pictured above) brings yet more to the spectrum, with his eclectic mix of elements from all shades of music giving life to widespread suggestions that he is among the finest in production talent currently on offer on these shores. Perhaps no artist has a more appropriate name, as Floating Points’ releases drift from sequenced patterns and spacey instrumentation across long winding soundscapes as his jazz infusions return a sense of conceptual movement which is often lost to physically orientated dance music. Shepherd’s contemplative compositions will provide a fraction of respite in amongst a tide of fervent and frenetic beats.
It’s testament to the ever-growing Leeds scene and to the pulling power of Canal Mills in particular that such big nights are starting to become a mainstay in the city, but there remains no place for complacency when the partying is as serious as this. It is not common for one-night events anywhere in the country to contain such a range of artistry, but to accompany this with artists each at the top of their game in the field they represent is quite simply an opportunity which cannot be passed up.
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Article by Andrew Kemp
Images courtesy of Live For The Funk and Canal Mills