mono_cult - The Last Dance
Nina Kraviz, Bicep, John Talabot, Midland
Friday 1st of January
Canal Mills, Leeds
Upon entering Mono_cult's The Last Dance at Canal Mills at around 10pm, room one is just getting warmed up. People crowd the bars to get their first drinks in accompanied by the soundtrack of People Get Real as they ease in a blend of low bpm house and disco with an occasional sprinkling of techno just to keep everyone on their feet. Room two plays host to Matt Long and Paul Kaminski warming up until 1am for Midland who was set to grace the Leeds venue with a four hour set.
John Talabot stepped up to the decks at 11 o’clock, for the first hour of his set he span a selection of his usually slow paced but bass heavy brand of house and techno. At around midnight he stepped up the pace dropping his latest outing as a producer, the climatic Jamie XX – Loud Places feat Romy (John Talabot’s Higher Dub) which gets room one ready for a second hour. Into the second half of his set Talabot’s darker selections emerged featuring the euphoric unreleased edit Traumprinz – 2Bad (DJ Metatron ‘What If Madness Is The Only Relief) before Bicep took over in the main room whilst Midland took the reins in room two.
Midland, as expected, played an eclectic set that ranged from the usual range of tastefully selected disco, house and techno with the addition of some more obscure records such as the cow-bell heavy Liquid Liquid by Optimo and finishing his set with a slice of 80’s pop power from The Human League. In room one the boys from Belfast, who have been pulling out all the stops this year, touring hard and releasing EP’s and edits more frequently than ever, got things going. Bicep’s set included a selection of their own productions and edits, including Just, one of the year’s biggest dance anthems, blended with a combination of classics and new releases such as Green Velvet La La Land and Jamal Janus Particle. Following Bicep was Nina Kraviz who unfortunately ended up being half an hour late which could be forgiven due to her heavy tour schedule across the country on New Year’s Day. Regardless Bicep kept the crowd warm by delivering a techno-heavy warm up set including classic’s such as Floorplan Never Grow Old and DVS1 Black Russian.
When Russia’s very own techno princess finally arrived she ruthlessly delivers her usual brand of face-melting, acid heavy techno, keeping the party moving all the way to the last moment. As The Last Dance was to be mono_cult's last outing in Leeds, the atmosphere honoured the evening’s significance and gave the Leeds party the send it off it deserved.
Words by Callum Goodley
Photos courtesy of Justin Gardner