It was clear it was going to a great night when we got wind that Leeds’ newest and freshest vinyl store and hang out, Waxwerks, had welcomed none other than headliner to come Doc Martin who was eagerly sifting through the stores strong record collection and even getting behind the beautifully designed store decks to try out some of his purchases. There was already a buzz in the city about having Sneak and Doc back-to-back for six hours and this just added to the excitement.
Timing our arrival perfectly, at around midnight, Darius Syrossian was just taking over in the main room to an already healthily populated dance floor. It didn’t take long before the Leeds local had the crowd in a frenzy with his and Hector Couto’s current unreleased bomb; ‘Here We Come’, built around the sample of The Fugees classic ‘Ready Or Not’. Darius did as he always does with a selection that had the punters going nuts from start to finish bringing the main room just about to boiling point before Doc and Sneak were set to take over. If you fancy a recap, head over to the Darius Syrossian Facebook Page where he’s kindly uploaded some video clips from the set.
At this point there was a little surprise as Doc Martin took to be the decks solo with his Latino counterpart nowhere to be seen. Obviously the West Coast legend didn’t disappoint though, receiving an incredible welcome as he spun through his envied collection of records. It wasn’t long however till the main room really took off and it could have only meant one thing; Sneak had arrived, was on stage and was dropping his first tune of the night – a jacking remix of the 90s classic, ‘I’ve Got The Power’.
As Sneak and Doc worked their way through a memorable six hour, back-to-back, 4 deck set, they took in everything from the classic US sound to darker, deeper, tribal records. Just a few that made it into my recollection of the night include; Black Science Orchestra’s ‘NewJersey Deep’, Flashmob’s ‘Brick House’ and a bouncing remix of MGMT’s ‘Electric Feel’ – all met with a plethora of fist pumps and woops from the crowd.
Later into the night, Parisian, D’Julz, hopped downstairs to play alongside the US duo for the remainder of the night – a pleasant surprise for the main room crowd. Leaving the venue sometime after 6am, the party was still going strong with a streamlined crowd who all seemed to be in it for the long haul.
This was a night where everything had come together near on perfect; the crowd (which although it wasn’t a sell out, was one of the best crowds I’ve seen at the new venue), the DJs, the music, the atmosphere, the venue and even the tickets which were generously priced. All in all, a great night.
Review by Alex Ogilvie
Images courtesy of IGR::Photo