Jaguar Skills & His Amazing FriendsSaturday 30th NovemberStylus, Leeds University UnionOnce again Stylus club in Leeds University Union had the pleasure of holding one of the greatest multi-genre mixers in the UK. The ninja, the man from nowhere with no name and no recognisable face came to Leeds as part of his latest tour ready and rearing to take us on an adventure. Jaguar Skills stayed true to his cutting-edge, unique style, blasting out inspiring and unusual mixes.
On arrival the event was rather empty, but that didn’t stop the small crowd getting up and moving! Supporting DJ Andy H, was a perfect warm-up for the Jaguar Skills adventure. Although specialising in Hip-Hop, Andy H, like the master Jag skills dipped in and out of styles from jungle to pop to dupstep with fluidity and skill. He really did, to say the least, get the party started; there was an old-school 100% madness vibe, where the crowd would happily dance to anything.
Jaguar Skills, covered up by his distinguished balaclava then took to the stage taking the party to another level. Jaguar Skills is not like any other disc jockey around, not only because of his disguised identity but his unique ability to keep the crowd in absolute suspense. Like a great comedian, whose final line in a joke is completely unexpected by the audience, Jaguar Skills’ next track could never be guessed. He combined a variety of music from drum and bass, to reggae, to dance-anthems to pop classics from all different eras. Some highlights for the crowd were: his opening track – Andy C’s new single Workout, The Prodigy's Omen and Chase and Status’s/Plan B’s Pieces. Although, Jaguar Skills was undoubtedly diverse, a lot of his music was definitely channelled towards a commercial, chart-listening audience (most probably focused towards the audience that was there, which had expanded at this point); this is no criticism of his talent, more an observation which I had not noticed the previous times I have seen him.
In addition, to add to the perhaps commerciality of the event, two huge ninja shaped boards with flashing eyes in different colours loomed over the crowd. This was perhaps a little overpowering, especially with the laser and strobe lights that were also used in the performance. It was some big spectacle which was slightly overbearing and distracted from Jaguar Skill’s expert ability to mix anything! Furthermore, Stylus Club has just got a new sound system which literally shook the eardrums; these dramatic sounds did however mean that not a single person could stand still!
Jaguar Skills is talented and professional, he undoubtedly knows what he is doing. Although I might suggest that at times the spectacle was a bit too excessive and aggressive, the night was fun and uplifting, and Jag Skills did what he does best with the greatest style.
Review by Bonny Herington
Images courtesy of Chris Gibbin Photography