Set One Twenty
Wednesday 6th February
The Garage, Leeds
Set One Twenty had an epic start to the year 2013, with the main room at mono_cult on new years day. On February the 6threturned to The Garage (voted Best Small Venue in the UK by DJ mag) bringing with them two brilliant artist within the deep house, disco genre – Duke Dumont and Isaac Tichauer, supported by the Set One Twenty resident duo of Alex Street and James Perrin.
Arriving at around half 11 we had plenty of time to get comfortable before Issac started his set. As I had never been to The Garage before I had a quick wonder round, in comparison to most other small underground venues, it had a much more fun vibe to it, with the bright lights and creative décor including scattered car seats and the front half of a car acting as the dj box. It didn’t give off the usual underground dark gloomy feel, which was a nice change! I can definitely see how the place was voted best small venue in the UK. The Set One Twenty Residents had already put people in high spirits, and now the place was packed, we were ready for Issac.
Isaac’s debut in Leeds began at 12pm, and for the next 2 hours played some top class tunes! As such a new explosion to the house scene I was interested to see what his set would be like. He created a chilled atmosphere that you couldn’t help but dance along to. I found his set to have a real groove in it, with seamless mixes. In particular his Doing What I Got track drew attention to the dance floor, where now everyone was engrossed in his set. Looking over the crowd must have been a brilliant sight for him, with harmonized movements and captivated faces amongst us. And how could I forget the truly awesome moment he dropped his most popular and well-known track Devotion, the crowd let out a cheer and the sounds of the synthesized piano chords combined with the vocals really caused a fuss. I couldn’t help but sing along. I truly love the music he is producing and I’m sure I can speak on behalf of everyone there that he has definitely left a lasting impression on me, and cant wait for his next return to Leeds.
The long anticipated Duke Dumont finally made his appearance to the car bonnet dj box at 2am, and wow did he give us a show to remember. I lost count of the endless run of classic tunes he played for us! I was continuously left satisfied after each and every track. To name a few in particular his magnificent track The Giver was teased in, giving us a glimpse of the bass line which spread excitement through the crowd until he dropped the key melody, followed by the catchy vocals- I definitely wasn’t alone singing along. Another defining moment of the night for me was Duke’s I Need You 100% ft. AME; her vocals fit perfectly over this track and bring a really warm disco vibe to it. Duke powered through his set keeping the crowd entertained every step of the way, not just through the music but also encouraging the crowd to get involved. An epic remix of his Aluna George - Your Drums, Your Love (Duke Dumont Remix) was brilliantly captivated by the sit down on the lengthened build up, raising the suspense to drop. When it arrived it was oh so sweet, causing the crowd to jump into action and dance with hands held high. Towards the end of Duke’s set he brought in some acid house sounds blended nicely with his hard hitting bass he had performed so far, mixing in a great tune Cajmere & Wayne Williams - Acid House, he ended his set boldly.
The Residents of Set One Twenty took over once again with some classics, ending the night on a high.