System & Set One Twenty - Fuse Terrace Party
Sunday 3rd May
Mint Warehouse, Leeds
On 3rd May Mint Warehouse opened its terrace doors for the first time this year to welcome a rally of cutting edge house and techno greats in System’s latest collaboration with fellow Leeds party people Set One Twenty.
No stranger to Leeds, it was London based imprint Fuse who were invited up to host the evening, with label boss Enzo Siragusa appearing in the city for the fourth time in just over a year. Adding some spice were label mates Seb Zito, Rich NxT and Rossko, however it was the double headliner that really put the icing on the cake.
One half of this tasty topping, also another Mint Club favourite, was Circo Loco resident and one third of Apollonia, Dyed Soundorom. Hailing from Paris, this must have been the sixth time I was seeing the Frenchman in Leeds since first catching him at Louche in 2012, but this warrants no complaints, as he is a DJ who has never disappointed. Spreading the icing to finish this noteworthy line up was the British-meets-German duo Soul Capsule, made up of two great artists in their own right, Baby Ford and Thomas Melchior.
As we came through the near empty main room of Mint Warehouse to walk onto the terrace at 6:30pm, the place was already getting going with Rossko in his last half hour before Fuse boss Enzo took the reins. Being an artist who is fore mostly a DJ, what with no produced works, he is technically astute behind the turntables and favouring the warm up spot, he has perfected this over the years that he has represented the Fuse brand.
Enzo stepped up at 7pm and as expected turned the heat up to full at a perfect speed, prompting the decked terrace to begin raving in awe. Seeing Enzo so many times in a year was beginning to get repetitive, however I did feel this daytime set stood out amidst his other performances, which have usually been around the 2am slot. High cut toms and hard hitting kicks thumped forward and built the crowd into a frenzy, with an unknown, forthcoming Fuse release (someone told me) provoking some serious noise. In jest of who was about to take to the decks, toward the end of his performance Enzo brought out Premiesku’s More 4, a record some will know as being released on the label of Dyed and his counterparts, Apollonia. This took Enzo into his last track before he gave way until he next hits the city (which, for those who might be wondering is in July at Cocoon In The Park).
Dyed Soundorom kicked right off with Malin Genie’s Sense Of Swing, which straight away inhibited the groove that so vividly represents Dyed as a DJ. The following 2 hours (which, in my opinion, was no where near enough) was a hugely enjoyable showcase of the Parisian sound that has given Dyed and Apollonia a worldwide reputation amongst the best. As expected there were some of his personal favourites thrown in with extra oomph to keep things exciting. One of these in particular was his widely played Projekt:PM edit, laden with a Trax Records acapella that was threw in on vinyl throughout the transition. Pretty impressive in my eyes. As a hiatus to finish something very special, Dyed dropped Dwayne Jensen’s My People, which was met with cheers and hands in the air from the front to the very back, before the music eventually faded out and closed the outdoor proceedings.
First up inside was the duo Soul Capsule, who had been observing the goings on for a while before performing. After the party is led inside at Mint Warehouse, it will always be a hardy task to elevate the mood to the euphoric state that can be captured on the terrace, however Soul Capsule managed to attract the majority of the crowd toward the front with their recognisable drum patterns, which can be heard on their many releases on Perlon and Trelik. Going every so slightly moody, the dark main room was a cavern for synth heavy instrumentals that always came with punchy bass, however the dip in musical mood had us explore the upstairs for a short amount of time.
The proceedings were continued by Rich NxT, who brought back the minimalistic bass and drum thump that could be heard during the earlier hours on the terrace, with the unknown Fuse release Enzo also played making a return later in his set. We stuck around just long enough to catch the beginning of Seb Zito who went on to close the evening with the sound that has become synonymous with Fuse’s iconic parties at Village Underground in the capital.
This was a perfect way to kick off the summer season in Leeds. Mint Warehouse’s terrace parties are rarely a disappointment and with an even more outstanding combination of DJs set to bring the terrace back up in arms once more at the end of the month (Zip, Mr G and tINI), I think things can only get better.
Words by Josh Plews
Images courtesy of CG Photography