Sasha Invol<3r Album Tour
Sunday 5th May
The Warehouse Leeds
During the earlier years in Sasha’s career, The Warehouse in Leeds was one of the first night clubs that he held a residency at, playing at events such as the acid house night Kaos. On bank holiday Sunday, it welcomed him back to play for us in recognition of the release of his new album, ‘Involv3r’.
First on the decks when we arrived was Ejeca, who has been storming the scene recently with his garage inspired house having releases on labels like Needwant and AUS Music. His music suited the warm up slot well as the fusion of the two genres provided a steady build to up the main act. Unfortunately the crowd were not getting as involved as I’d have liked, but a quick trip round the dance floor to pull people towards the front proved very successful!
Sasha was greeted into the DJ booth by a rally of cheers which was a sign that there were a lot of excited punters, who I’ll note were a vast mixture of ages, showing how Sasha’s music is keeping the older fans keenly interested at the same time as constantly pulling in the young. I have heard before that his sets will ‘take you on a journey’, and for me that is exactly what happened. It was a well constructed mix through many genres Sasha has been recognized for over the years, from slowly progressing techno to his own reworks of tracks by chart topping bands and artists. A highlight for me was the Involv3r version of Battleships which features on the new album. It was a beautifully atmospheric moment that had eyes closing and a sea of hands pointing towards the ceiling.
For me it was a very special night. I had been wanting to see Sasha ever since I got my hands on his first EmFire release ‘Coma’ (actually being the first record I ever bought) and it was exactly what I wanted to see and hear. I have no doubt he will return to Leeds once again, and hopefully there will be another edition in the ever impressive Involver series.
Review by Josh Plews
Images courtesy of Justin Gardner