Summer is beckoning and on Sunday System celebrated with their first bank holiday terrace party of the year. Teaming up with Set One Twenty, System brought a trio of worldly headliners to play through the day and night at Mint Warehouse in Leeds. On the bill were Seth Troxler, one quarter of house and techno outfit Visionquest, Ten Walls and Detroit Swindle.
Beginning at 3pm in the afternoon it was an early start for most, who had begun to congregate on the terrace under the camo covered marquee from when the doors first opened. As we walked through the main room out onto the terrace we were met with the chunky house rhythms of Detroit Swindle. Thumping 909 kicks and swinging hi hats were blended with stabs and chords that built up the atmosphere really well as the sun slowly set behind us. By 6pm the terrace was full and there was a sea of hands in the air at every drop. Detroit Swindle’s own tracks Brotherman and The Break Up proved popular, as there were cheers and applause from the moment they could be first heard. As the first headliner of the day approached the end of their set, a beat-less break was unleashed that was dropped back in to his last few tracks, which peaked our excitement, as we were now ready for Seth.
As soon as the Detroit hero entered the DJ booth there were shouts and screams as the crowd were in full anticipation of RA’s number one DJ (2012) to take the reins. As he mixed in his first track, moody lights lit up the decking which gave the terrace a great ambience as Seth begun his proceedings. His innate skill to manipulate the crowd by blending different sounds was heard straight away. Throughout the first hour the mood dipped into Villalobos’ awesome remix of Mari Kvien Brunvoll’s Everywhere You Go, which had heads down and eyes closed, whilst the likes of Lil Mo Yin Yang’s classic Reach sent the whole terrace into a euphoric flurry. Troxler’s signature finger lasso was a pleasant sight and he seemed to enjoy playing as much as we did watching and listening. The day had now turned to night, yet the decking was still full from corner to corner with revellers ready to see through the rest of the night.
As the music came to and end on the terrace, beats from inside the main room had the crowd head straight on in where System residents Annie Errez and Bobby O’Donnell were doing their thing, shortly before Ten Walls was due to commence his live performance. As someone whose name has only been circulating for the past year, Ten Walls (also known as Mario Basanov) is someone whose music has turned the heads of many DJ’s across the globe. His performance in the main room was carefully crafted, which evolved through builds, breaks and beat-less melodies. His trademark horns, which lead again through his newest production Walking With Elephants, provoked swaying hands, whilst dreamy pads and atmospheric beats plodded on. As his performance came to an end, the music simmered down to a silence, which we though was the end. Just when we were contemplating a cool off outside, the horns of Ten Walls’ staple track Gotham echoed round the main room. Instead of simply playing us the original arrangement, it was a tease of kick-less beats, which only lasted a few minutes. Nevertheless, a positively emotional end to an impressive live set.
After a short performance from Set One Twenty resident Layer, Seth Troxler finally returned to continue what he does best in the main room until the crowd could last no longer. Compared to his performance on the terrace he took things harder, which completed a day of great music perfectly. The energy had slowly built up through the day and the final few hours were a whirlwind of energetic sounds.
When we left at around 5am, the main room was still rocking, which I’m sure was consistent until the last record was played. Altogether it was a great day, which has only made us more excited for System’s next terrace party on May the 25th, this time with Dyed Soundorom, Davide Squillace, Mathew Jonson, Subb-an, Medlar, Leon Vynehall and more. We will definitely be returning for that one.
Words by Josh Plews
Images courtesy of CG Photography