Saturday night saw the return of Alter amid much anticipation. Despite being relatively new to the nightlife scene in Leeds, Alter have managed to gain quite the reputation thanks to a string of stellar bookings and successful parties. In particular, their last event with Matthew Johnson and Efdemin really helped to establish Alter as a one of the up and coming names in the Leeds scene.
This time round they were bringing together the renowned Ostgut Ton artist Answer Code Request, UK stalwart Trevino, Phantasy’s Kamera and Alter’s own resident Animist.
Upon arrival, Trevino was well into his stride; hefty kicks and deep basslines were filling the intimate surroundings of Mint as he moved through his 2 hour slot. James Mile’s Tonkotsu was particularly well received amongst the excitable crowd. Having released an killer E.P on Ben Klock’s Klockworks imprint in the summer, Trevino was an ideal representation of the sound that Alter are aiming to deliver. As his set drew to a close the dance floor had filled up and there was palpable excitement for what the rest of the night had in store.
Up next was Kamera: before Saturday I’d heard very little about him and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. His live set was based around meandering unconventional grooves with hints of industrial and electronica and was very well suited to the open minded Alter crowd. It set the room perfectly for the arrival of Answer Code Request.
The Berlin mainstay stepped up to begin his 3 hour set to rapturous applause. After a string of releases on labels such as Ostgut Ton and MDR, not to mention an international touring schedule and Berghain residency, Patrick Gräser has become a key figurehead for Berlin techno and the opportunity to see him in the confines of Mint was a real treat. He succeeds in blending hard techno with softer and more rhythmic sounds. In particular, Eduardo De La Calle’s stunning Format Times provided a really euphoric moment. As the night progressed, his set moved into darker territory as he reached for Len Faki’s remix of Scuba’s Black on Black'. He managed to work the crowd superbly throughout his set with the help of excellent selection and flawless mixing, and as the hard acid bassline of DJ HMC’s 6am came the dance floor erupted.
Another successful night for Alter; a great atmosphere and excellent selections from start to finish. I’m thoroughly looking forward to what they have in store next.
Words by Sam Rogan
Photos courtesy of Nuit Sonores & ALTER