Louche with Zip, Portable & Delroy Edwards
Saturday 20th April 2013
Another weekend, another stellar Louche lineup. This time the lineup consisted of young upstart Delroy Edwards, whose releases on the label du jour L.I.E.S have been destroying dancefloors of late, Cape Town-raised and now Berlin-based futuristic funk maestro Portable (aka Bodycode), and Zip, Perlon label head and a DJ’s DJ if ever there was one. Once again, Louche were up against it - as is now to be expected in Leeds, there were a bunch of other names in town this weekend which made deciding on a night extremely difficult indeed. To Louche’s credit, despite the Dimensions launch party bringing bosses Omar S and Levon Vincent to town, there was a reasonably good crowd in attendance from Edward’s set, and by Portable’s set the true heads were all present and correct.
Delroy Edward’s has been wowing everyone of late with his DJ sets as well as his own releases - his mixes have been very well received, and a recent Boiler Room performance, once it had warmed up, was absolutely stellar. For his Leeds debut there were a few technicals, but more frustrating was his hesitancy in reading the crowd. Beginning with a disco classic that had the crowd going he abruptly switched to techno, and after that opening he never quite seemed sure of himself - which was a shame, as the selection was for the most part as brilliant as you’d expect.
Portable, it has to be said, had similar crowd issues and live sets in between DJ sets are always tricky. Again, there were some really interesting moments but unfortunately the atmosphere wasn’t quite right for Portable’s spooky beats and even spookier vocals. There were some lovely funkier moments, but he never seemed to fully catch the attention of the crowd, although there were clearly some solid fans representing, and in good voice too.
Thankfully Zip’s set was a pleasure for all, with all the right elements firmly in place. As fun as it is to get behind a new DJ, and as interesting as it can be to see how a live set goes down, ultimately there’s nothing quite like being cradled in the experienced arms of a world class selector. So despite it maybe not being their best of the past few months, Louche pulled it out of the bag again. One thing we are curious about, though - where did everyone get the lollipops from?
Review by Tabitha Thorlu-Bang
Images courtesy of Louche