When three undeniably talented and very good friends are let loose behind the decks at Mint Club, you know you're in for a treat…
Mint sessions have been making some quality bookings during their year in charge of Thursdays at the rainbow roofed haven, and have certainly not struggled to keep the dance floor dynamic and full. Bringing us the likes of Darius Syrossian, WAFF and Mark Fanciulli to the weekly parties, it came as fitting news when Josh Butler & Bontan were confirmed as guests for the penultimate party as part of their ‘Be True’ tour.
The blend of music the duo have been perfecting for years tends to demonstrate their classic sound as well as their production skills and showcases raw talent at its finest. It always creates a fantastic atmosphere when DJ’s bounce off each other during their set, so bringing these guys to a venue as intimate as Mint was always going to be one to remember.
No stranger to mint club himself, Josh Butler, who studied music technology in Leeds has been going from strength to strength on the tour and cementing his already bold status after collecting ‘Best Breakthrough Producer’ at the 2014 DJmag Awards.
The second half of the duo and developing heavyweight, Bontan, shot to the top of the game after remixing Butlers 'Got a Feeling' which was dominating Beatport charts for months. Continuing to produce an impressive standard of music, Bontan gained further recognition with releases such as ‘Found A Place’ and ‘Want To Know’.
Also on tour is their good friend and Macooza head honcho Jay Murt. He’s been the warm up act throughout the tour and will be celebrating Macoozas first birthday next month, which Bontan and Butler perform at regularly.
As they continue to make their mark producing together, demand remains high for the pair, who have been selling out venues throughout ‘Be True’. This brings us nicely to the 6th part of the UK tour in Leeds…
The queue at the club was already sizeable at the venue at 11pm, and there was a building air of anticipation buzzing through the gathering rabble. Upon entrance Jay Murt was warming things up nicely with selections such as Phil Weeks’ ‘Jack To My Groove’, ensuring the dance floor was full and grooving from the very beginning. The famous intimacy in mint club was inevitably playing a hand in the warming up crowd, so when Bontan & Butler took to the decks it seemed they were more than up for it.
All smiles and dancing around in the booth, they interacted with their audience on a down to earth level and never left a hand unshaken as the crowd poured over the DJ booth in appreciation. The first half of the set delivered the expected hi hat and drum infused tracks, and steep build ups paired with plenty of drops created a great energy and engaged the entire dance floor. The performance was seamless and exciting and their trademark ‘Got a Feeling’ rolled out mid set to a fantastic reception.
After dropping ‘Gypsy Woman’ the second half of the four hour moved into house classics, keeping the theme of their ‘Be true to House Music’ slogan.
A little different than we would expect from their production; the peak of the set was undeniably satisfying and the rest of the set saw the club full till it closed. A personal highlight was ’Vision of Love’ which has become somewhat of a trademark classic on the tour. The dance floor was still full when the guys finished and the lights came on at the club.
Perhaps one of the best Mint Sessions to date, we are very much looking forward to seeing these guys back in Leeds and what Mint Sessions has to offer this week at their closing Party.
Words by Sophie Roberts
Images courtesy of CG Photography