HotFlush Showcase with Scuba, George Fitzgerald, Paul Woolford and Dense & Pika
Saturday 30th November
The Warehouse, Leeds
The big events just keep on coming at Leeds’ leading mid sized venue, The Warehouse. This time out it was a showcase from one of electronic music’s most celebrated labels in the form of Hot Flush, with boss man Scuba, and close associates Paul Woolford, Dense & Pika and George Fitzgerald all playing.
Arriving at around midnight the place is already jumping thanks to the big selections from George Fitzgerald. People are dancing causally in front of the long bar, and more eager beavers are already going harder at it down in the cauldron like main dancefloor. The crowd is a mix of young students here to check out the buzz and older heads who probably should know better, but they all dance as one.
When the ever en vogue Paul Woolford steps up at 1:30am for his 90 minute set, he masterfully makes the floor his own with an erudite selection of bold techno and big basslines that’s just the high energy stuff people need. He drops plenty of his own rinsing tracks as well as others on the label and some current big hitters, and it all makes people go mental, with hands reaching skyward and plenty of vocal types all down the front. An obvious highlight being the impeccable Untitled, which after being voted Best Track of 2013 by DJ mag earlier that day, received the response of the night.
The second room vibes to a more casual and intimate house based sound for those who want to get away from the sweat of the main room, and of course the spacious smoking area outside is always a welcome respite for those in need. Basically, this club offers something for everyone and does so with style and class – as it should after 34 years of practice!
Up next live duo Dense & Pika come on and drop heavy techno tool after heavy techno tool, all the while doing so with great flair in the booth. There were plenty of hands in the air moments and after their set people cheered in appreciation. Of course, one of the main draws for many is the big man himself, Scuba. In recent times he has widened his sonic remit and now plays anything from house to techno to even the odd pop delight. His set is suitably dark for the late hours and closes out another fine night in The Warehouse.
Article by Natasha Remington
Images courtesy of Justin Gardner Photogrpahy