9th March 2013
Mint Warehouse, Leeds
On Saturday March the 9th Objektivity and its founder Dennis Ferrer presented the fresh new concept: Sons of Raw at Mint Warehouse Leeds. The exciting talents of Jordan Peak, Phil Weeks and André Hommen, accompanied him. Objektivity showcases are vital to those who love their deep house sounds however, being led by Dennis Ferrer the night showed fusions of soul, techno and brilliant vocals. As he’s said in interviews, “It doesn’t matter if it’s gospel house, Brazilian house, jazz house, or whatever. As long as it’s got soul and moves people, that’s all that matters.” Since Saturday this comment as stayed with me, because oh did he make us move!
André Hommen was welcomed to the decks first up, and warmed up the crowd easily. With his first release for Objektivity in 2009, this rising star has been part of the administrative and creative team for the imprint ever since. His sounds were pure and had such clarity in the mixes. He brought a relaxed vibe, but where vocals were blended this added a real groove to the atmosphere. People were arriving and immediately moving together.
Phil Weeks, owner of Robsoul Recordings, was next in line and began his set at midnight; it was then that I really felt the base running through me. I had only heard rumors of the sound system in Mint Warehouse, but when Phil Weeks started throwing out his beats, the balance between a deep and dirty baseline to the rhythms and vocals mixed on top was rich and perfect. His set felt like a purer form of house, and with endless mixes the crowd was in a trance of dance. Before I knew it 2 hours had passed and Dennis Ferrer was taking over the decks, a seamless transaction allowed him to build up from Phil into his own set and style.
Dennis Ferrer pulled the crowd up a level with his unstoppable drive and infectious energy, as his mix of vocals and baseline bounced round the venue. The place was busy but spacious, which was just what we needed - room to dance and groove to the soulful upbeat tracks. Looking around there were no complaints everyone was going for it! Ferrer’s past techno experience has given him an edge that you can hear in his recent work, especially when he dropped the tune ‘Son of Raw’ the quality and detail in this song shined through the speakers, definitely a highlight. Another track that smashed the dance floor was Burnski and Manik's - You Know What Its Like, the deep hearty bass and quirky rhythms of this sent out shivers and a raise of hands.
When 2am arrived we said goodbye to Dennis and Jordan Peak took over. The young British DJ stormed on and I can remember thinking ‘this guy is killing it!’ Playing his own ‘Don’t it feel good’, his set was full of life and made it effortless maintaining high spirits well past 5am.
Review by Becky Stringer
Image courtesy of Mint Warehouse