Canal Mills Present
Hedi, Jackmaster, Joy Orbison b2b Jerd Janson
Saturday 12th Mar
Canal Mills, Leeds
Canal Mills filled up fast as People Get Real warmed up the main room. The duo are renowned for their diverse music taste that they bring through in their sets, distinguishing them from their counterparts. They opened the night creating a spacey atmosphere with unusual tracks, easing the crowd into the night. A buzz of anticipation in the air, with excitement for the DJs to follow. Over in room 2 was a Zutekh takeover, with the boys from Manchester doing bits kicking off the night with dark techno. With Burton Joyce, GRRD, Dave Duffy and Damian Martez behind the decks showcasing the more local underground talent.
In the main room, Gerd Janson and Joy Orbison began their set, mixing a variety of techno, house and disco that had the whole crowd pumping towards the trippy visuals on screens ahead. It was no surprise that the set showcased an array of music, going from tracks such as Osbornes Afrika to Hubie Davisons Sanctified, which both had the room bouncing. Half way through their set the sound became faulty and cut out for a few minutes. However the boys did not struggle to bring it back with Berlin style ominous techno that got fists in the air, which made the technical fault feel more like a long awaited drop. Although B2B sets can sometimes not merge well if the coupling isn’t right, it’s safe to say Gerd and Joy O were in sync throughout their set which had me jamming and my feet planted firmly in my spot in the main room.
Famously acclaimed for her ‘Jackathon’ parties, Heidi suitably began her set with a batch of lively jackin’ house tunes. She then proceeded delve into her collection of acid, jamming behind the decks and ravin’ with Jackmaster as her curls bounced around. She was seemingly enjoying the rave as much as the crowd. who were feeding off her energy. The atmosphere in the room was voltaic as she dropped tunes such as DJ Spokie’s Reload (Jimmy Edgar Edit). The crowd went wild beneath the laser canopy when she mixed into 90s classic; Josh Wink’s Higher State Of Consciousness.
Last to grace the main stage was the legendary Glaswegian, Jackmaster. Esteemed for his variation in sets, it was hard to guess what to expect. He immediately got the dancefloor hyped as he rode the energy of the crowd with selections such as Charles Ramirez’s Up & Down (easily one of the biggest tunes of the night). Another standout track was Sis Nesrib, always a big bouncy one to hear in a set. Jackmaster definitely encapsulated the Canal Mills crowd, keeping the dance floor full right up until 5am. It is clear he targets the clubbers instantaneous reaction to the tunes and plays off this, never failing to have a room bumping.
All in all, a fantastic night for Canal Mills, simple to navigate, with all the hosts on one stage. A great night with great vibes wavering throughout the warehouse.
Words by Sophie Okonkwo
Photos courtesy of Canal Mills