Saturday 1st June
Full Circle, Leeds
mono_cult have been bringing some serious underground to heroes to Leeds this year including the likes of Theo Parrish, Move D and Prosumer, making my appearances at mono_cult much more frequent than usual. This month it was the booking of Soundstream that pulled us in, as well as the use of Full Circle for the venue's first day and night party of the season.
The party kicked off around 4pm in the courtyard but it was around 9:30pm that we arrived to a healthy crowd in the outside space. Surrounded by quirky old time army vehicles, ambulances and more the Full Circle courtyard is a heavily under used party space in the city, and the absence of a marquee was also welcomed – weather permitting, a courtyard party should be in a courtyard right? The Leeds-Bradford airport flight path above full circle even brought back memories of you know where.
The DJs in the courtyard were getting us nice and warm with and upfront blend of bass and garage lead house selections (unfortunately we had missed Outboxx's set) but after around an hour we eventually opted for the warmth of inside and the groove based selection of Kahwe with rolling basslines, soft synths and female vocal snippets dominating the soundsystem. Gliding between house, funk, soul and more, cuts such as Segurra by Norin and Rag and a killer edit of Gwen McCrae's Keep The Fire Burning get a special mention. The only negative of the outside to inside transition being the faint sounds of the outside system leaking in from the courtyard.
The grooves continued with tracks such as Genius Of Time – Houston We Have A Problem before Fold took over proceedings and began to move the pace along nicely, with a nod to the soon to play headliner dropping Makin' Love – Sounstream.
When the time came for Soundstream to take to the decks, the main room was heaving and as he opened up with a seriously piano heavy track the crowd went wild (and pretty much stayed that way 'til he was torn away for the turntables hours later). Moving through his signature sound, Frank Timm (Soundstream) kept the club full and swaying way past the originally agreed closing time with his somewhat legendary productions receiving rapturous responses as expected.
All I can say is I wish I had made the trip to Barcelona to catch Soundstream again at mono_cult's party with Electric Minds tomorrow!
Review by Alex Ogilvie
Images courtesy of IGR::Photo