Last Saturday saw mono_cult kick off another season in Leeds following on from a festival hopping season in Croatia and beyond.
After solid warm up sets from the mono_cult residents, Madtech Records signing and owner of the most impressive dreads in house music, Citizen took over the controls around 1am. Kicking things off with his signature bouncey, straight ahead house selections the room was immediately engaged. There was a healthy crowd in come the height of Citizen's set with some harder hitting selections receiving a plethora of cheers and fists.
Slotting in a live set between two DJs is not the easiest thing, however the slight awkwardness of said switch was soon over as KiNK laid into a ferocious piano based opener that hit you right between the eyes. Playing one of the most intense live sets I have ever seen, constantly moving and shaking around his bank of controllers, it was the stand out set of the night. The energy was relentless and it's no wonder the Bulgarian prefers “raving on electronic music instead of going to the gym”.
The closing two hours were left in the hands of Numbers boss and mono_cult favourite, Jackmaster who got straight to work taking things deeper with the likes of Dansson & Marlon Hoffstadt's Shake That. As ever, it was Jackmaster's self assurance and ability to present the full range of his musical preferences that stood out. Even if at times I felt myself egging on the next tune, the purity of his Djing style is one to applaud. A perfect example of which being the surprise appearance of Cyndi Lauper's Girls Just Wanna Have Fun after a string of deep selections including Agoria – Scala, Mano Le Tough – Primitive People (Tale Of Us Remix) and the ever destructive 10 Walls – Gotham.
Sticking around until the end, there was a solid contingent left stomping come the close – a testament to the quality of what had been on offer all night.
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Review by Alex Ogilvie
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