Mint Sessions with DJ Sneak
Thursday 2nd October 2014
Mint Club, Leeds
Now the 2014/15 autumn and winter season is in full swing, we are beginning to settle in to the weekly routine of getting up, going to lectures and then for many of us, going to Mint Club. Last week saw the launch of the new Thursday night residency, Mint Sessions, which proved to be hugely popular as the club hit capacity and we heard nothing but good things. Unfortunately we couldn’t make it to the opening night with Maxxi Soundsystem, so we took it upon ourselves to head down for their second outing with the house gangster that is DJ Sneak.
We arrived close to 1am when Mint Sessions resident Ethan Marin and guests James Perrin and Alex Street were finishing up warm up duties. The crowd was in high spirits as Sneak put on his headphones, who then straight away dived deep into his signature style that spearheaded the first hour of dancing. Highly percussive, jacking beats are what the Canadian is known for, and that’s what we got. Horns, triple kicks, rolling bass lines and chopped up vocals were layered upon this beat, which at every breakdown was provoking hands in the air, and at every drop leaving an echo of cheers, with Sneaks ever entertaining head bop and finger fling proving to be a visual completion.
Moving into the second half of Sneak’s set there was an introduction of acidity, as 303 hooks cut through the lows, driving us forward and slowly taking the atmosphere darker, helped along with a layer of smoke and the odd CO2 explosion. As Sneak mixed his final tune and stepped back he was cheered and clapped, making way for the final artist of the night, Set One Twenty resident Kag. After seeing DJ Sneak’s wild escapades on the Internet, I’ve always been fairly undecided about what I think of him, but all things aside, when it comes to his performance in a club, he definitely impresses.
The final hour was led out by Kag, whose selection of house and garage cuts kept things going until the closing minutes, with Double 99’s ‘Rip Groove’ thoroughly pleasing everyone still on the dance floor. As we left we were handed a poster that showed the forthcoming Thursday line ups at Mint Sessions, and after inspecting dates that will be welcoming the likes of Inland Knights, Mousse T and Huxley, it led me to think I’ll definitely be back.
Words by Josh Plews
Images courtesy of CG Photography