Teknicolor Halloween – The Berlin Blood Bath
Thursday 31st October
Mint Club, Leeds
Ryan Elliott & Seb Zito
A Thursday night in Leeds and the streets are lined with zombies, vampires and characters from all corners of TV and film. Yes, it’s Halloween, but for us we weren’t looking forward to knocking on doors and scoffing our faces with as much chocolate as we could... Instead it was time for our weekly trip down to Teknicolor at Mint Club to see Panorama Bar regular Ryan Elliott and Fuse and Ibiza resident Seb Zito.
Arriving just before the first headliner was due to come on there was already a good energy from the crowd who mostly to my delight had pulled out all the stops with fancy dress. Ryan Elliott took the reins from resident Jordan Plant who had the crowd in the palm of his hand and started to work his magic. Standing right down at the front we could see he wasn’t shy as when he was doing his stuff, his arms were in the air and his body flew around the booth amidst with smiles. Shortly into his set Carl Craig’s remix of Bicep’s Vision of Love lifted the atmosphere to a high and had many stabbing their fingers towards the rainbow ceiling in time with the famous keys parts. The sound of pianos was a feature that returned time and time again throughout his flawless transitions, some being unarguable classics like David Morales’ Needing U which was one of my personal highlights.
Lathering these selections were harder and rougher techno which is just the sort of thing that you would come to expect from the resident of Berlin’s most notorious night spot. The mix of the more uplifting tracks with the rolling bass of his coarser techno was keeping the crowd interested perfectly, and where Playing with Knives had people singing along to the ever recognisable lead, Ben Sims and I:Cube had scrunched up faces cheering and fists punching the air. Towards the end of his 3 hour masterclass there was a well received change to some classic garage which found a great vibe to end on. It wasn’t something I expected, but the crowd loved it and so did I!
After a breath of fresh air and a sneaky escape out of a now unbearably hot costume, we headed back onto the dance floor for Seb Zito. Having seen him before I knew to expect deep, solid bass lead tackle but there was no points where I thought “yeah, I’ve seen this before”. The drums and percussion are always intriguing to me with his style and combining these exciting patterns with snappy synths and short yet wide bass steps he provided an ultimately fresh showcase of Fuse style bombs which kept the punters dancing until they kicked us out.
When the music stopped and the lights came on I made my way out with the heard of partied out ghouls, who were all chatting in praise of tonight’s guests. Although I’d left covered head to toe in fake blood and sore eyes from contact lenses I regret investing in, I was pretty certain that this had been my favourite Teknicolor to date and I know that many of the clubbers who had attended (including myself) definitely want to see these two back again!
Review by Josh Plews
Images courtesy of Teknicolor