Saturday 19th October
Mint Club, Leeds
Another sell out evening at Mint Club as we saw Sam Shepherd, AKA Floating Points, make his debut at the intimate venue accompanied by none other than German underground hero Move D. A lot of hype surrounded this event, and, once again, Louche did not disappoint.
From the offset the atmosphere in Mint was as electric as its infamous Disco Panel roof, which saw Louche co-founder and resident Josh T warm the crowd up brilliantly with a smooth blend of house and upbeat jazz, which included a funky edit of Fela Cuti - Expensive Shit, before co-founder of Eglo Records, Floating Points, came onto the scene at 2am. Sam immediately let everyone know he was there by increasing the tempo, with an appropriate queue of the Disco Panel lights flooding the dance floor with colour as soon as his first big tune dropped. If there was any way to start your set that night, this was it. The rest of his set was just as entrancing as the opening ten minutes, continuing the night’s theme of harmonious jazz beats mixed with a more upbeat house backing. Often changing the tempo between the two styles, he constantly kept the crowd on their toes, which was all supplemented with an immaculate array of mixing skills. It was my first time seeing this guy play, and I rapidly began to understand why esteemed names such as Gilles Peterson and Pearson Sound have paid him so many compliments in the past.
Next up was Move D, who made the effort to come over to Leeds after warming up for Nicolas Jaar, Seth Troxler and Richie Hawtin at The Warehouse Project (Manchester) earlier that night. If he was feeling fatigued due to his busy schedule, it didn’t at all reflect on his set as he simply smashed the last two hours. Deeper into the night he strayed away from the nights on going rhythmic soul and jazz and instead displayed some serious feel good vibes with some dark and bumpy house, infusing his more spacey techy beats 'til the lights came up.
Another tick off Louche's Leeds countdown, we'll definitely be sad to see them go.
Review by Chris Simpson
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