After taking to Canal Mills earlier this year for a huge birthday event, last Friday mono_cult went 'back to their roots' with an intimate, underground event at their previous home, Wire (Leeds) - calling upon the talents of the Workshop Records crew with Lowtec, Even Tuell, Kassem Mosse and Move D all in towe. There were shades of another certain mono_cult night at Wire way back in 2010 when David Moufang (aka Move D) taw the roof off the place with an incredible set (listen back here) which up until the events of Friday I was pretty saw about missing. After this weekend I can finally rest happy...
Arriving around midnight, we were greeted by a relatively quiet club, with Lowtec and Even Tuell about an hour into their three and half hour back-to-back. Setting the mood perfectly, the duo supplied a suitably deep and melodic beat selection as the club warmed up and punters began to flow down the stairs. Come 1am the club had filled up nicely and three separate people had already sparked off a conversation with me about how hyped they were for Move D's set at the end of the night. Things were looking good.
Next up was a live set from Kassem Mosse. Slotting in a live slot between two DJ sets is not always the easiest thing to accomplish and can often cause a little loss of traction for the vibe of a night but in this case it was handled well. Kassem Mosse picked up where Lowtec and Even Tuell left off before getting into his flow and quickly ramping up the intensity. The great thing about seeing a live act, and especially one such as Kassem Mosse who was relatively new to me, is that the whole experience is new on the ears. I love being surprised when out listening to music, and Kassem did just that. His hour long live set was much harder than expected with a lot of chunky (almost grungy) beats to get your teeth into, keeping me – and the rest of the now packed club – on our toes for the duration. Towards the end of the hour I began to wonder how Move D – who I love for his classy, melodic and harmonically interesting selections – would follow the intense atmosphere Kassem Mosse had developed...
He did so with ease, dropping an absolute stonker of a first track, more than capable of keeping the crowd interested. From then on for the next three hours it was vintage Move D, winding his way through a set filled with deep, groovy, soulful selections – always with a glass of fine red not too far away. Hearing Whirlpool Production's Gimme on the Funktion One was a certain highlight with a memorable sing along to Rayko and Em Vee's All Around The Watchtower also imprinted on my recollection of the night. With Move D playing the 2:30am – 6:00am slot, the only downside to the night was the lack of staying power the majority of attendees showed. Having said this, Moufang's multiple 'last tunes' after the lights came up, played to around 25 loyal fans was a lovely way to draw the night to a close.
Review by Alex Ogilvie
Images courtesy of mono_cult
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