Teknicolor presents Miguel Campbell
Thursday 6th March
Mint Club, Leeds
This time Leeds welcomed back local boy, Miguel Campbell, to the infamous Teknicolor night at Mint club for a special five hour set. From the chart-topping “Something Special” to a landmark album for Hot Creations, Miguel Campbell has blazed a new trail for underground house music. Between frequently spinning alongside Matt Hughes and commandeering his own Outcross Records imprint, Miguel’s nostalgic solo ventures have progressed considerably throughout the past few years, so needless to say it was exciting to see how his sound has progressed.
After a smooth opening from the residents, 1.00am came around and it was time for Miguel to take to the decks. Bodies quickly began to flood the dancefloor and it showed to be yet another sell out night at Teknicolor. He started his set in a similar tempo to where the residents left off whilst displaying his signature sound of bass driven house with melodic vocals carefully placed on top. From there, tracks such as Marlon Hoffstadt & Dansson - Shake That, with soft and soulful vocals, funky melodies and bouncy basslines dominated the clubs sound for the next hour or so.
The night never became too repetitive as Miguel often mixed things up, blending his groovy house sound with some disco and funk. Miguel also did a good job of injecting emotion onto the dancefloor by conveying a vocal hook with the right melody and bass. This emotive feature has also been the case with the list of records he’s released within the past few years such as Beams of Light or Back in Flight School, released on Jamie Jones’ imprint, Hot Creations, both securing him an important position within the Hot Creations camp.
After a sweaty, cramped first few hours, the night panned on and the dancefloor finally decided to open up a little. Miguel embraced these latter stages of the night with a slightly deeper change in tone, one moment in particular stood out when Miguel gradually built up tension with an extended intro, then dropped the classic Daft Punk – One More Time, the drop accompanied by an array of fluorescent lights bursting from the disco panel ceiling. Always proving an efficient way of creating some energetic atmosphere in that club. Miguel continued to mix things until close up dropping Chromeo – Don’t Turn The Lights On whilst still keeping his devotees happy with a few of his own tracks such as Miguel Campbell – Not The Kind Of Girl.
Review by Chris Simpson
Image courtesy of XOYO