Another Saturday night in Leeds and another painstakingly good line up from the team at Mint. As we arrived at Mint Warehouse to see Desolat head honcho Loco Dice alongside Robert Dietz, the club was already packed and the music was undeniably good from the minute we stepped foot inside.
I will take a moment now to talk about how seriously impressive the club’s new lighting system is. Walking from the entrance hall into the main room, we instantly noticed what Mint Warehouse had done to update it’s already sleek and minimalistic style. Teaser photos had been seen on social networks during the days leading up to the event but didn’t really give us the full picture of where or what the new lights were. As well as the powerful flood lights and strobes that already existed on the lighting rig at the front of the main room, there is now a cascade of attractive LED lighting strips on the rear wall above the doors leading to the terrace. These provide the main room with more wonderful, rich colour in a way that I’ve never seen before. Mint are definitely making lighting a forte of their world famous venues.
After making our way round the room whilst gazing at the new fixtures, we found a pocket of space on the right hand side and got into the music, firstly being brought by Robert Dietz. He was warming up with a cool selection of tracks that were chugging away pleasantly. Subtle synth tones broke through the beat, and his breakdowns were peaked with rolling snares before dropping back into the beats that had us scrunching up our faces. The rattling bells that brought in Point G’s remix of Djebali’s Reputation provided one of many highlights.
We then took a trip up to the second room where local brand Snare were taking things a little deeper. Their sounds echoed of Berlin and were awash with analog synths which had been turned into melodic hooks and offbeat stabs. During our time upstairs we also got to see just under an hour of Jack Wickham’s set which was another treat of dubbed out bass and drums, yet again a good performance for his continuing residency at System.
When we made our way back downstairs the main act of the evening was in full swing, and once we got settled back in, Loco Dice proved to be an all out assault on our ear drums. Compared to previous occasions that I had seen him this was faster, darker and stronger. The music, combined with the new lighting at times made the room seem as if it were on fire, and whilst some of the crowd didn’t seem to be getting as into it as we were, we relished what I thought was probably the best performance Mint Warehouse has seen this year. Loco Dice’s innate use of reverb, delays and other unique sounds that shape his sets, constructed his own jaw dropping build ups on tracks like G Flame & Mr. G’s Dumped. His confidence and concentration gives him a presence behind the decks which completes it perfectly. He truly tore it a new one.
Loco Dice next plays Leeds on Friday 20th November 2015 at Mint Club. View event info and tickets.
Review by Josh Plews
Images courtesy of CG Photography