Friday 2nd Nov
Wire Club, Leeds
Nest retuned this Friday with their first event since the summer bringing in toe German selector and Leeds debutant Jan Krueger. Krueger has carved out an impressive career as a DJ despite not producing or releasing his own music, instead relying on his technical skill behind the decks as well as his exploits as one half of the Hello?Repeat label. With the German’s reputation for strong track selection coupled with his craft being held in such high esteem, the prospect of a three hour set ensued excitement.
Wire was somewhat empty to say the least upon arrival just after midnight, however funnily enough an awkward atmosphere of people sitting around while the first DJ put’s the system through its paces was thankfully not present. A brave few had already taken up their positions on the dancefloor and had begun to stretch the necessary muscles ahead of the 3 and a half hour onslaught of groovy techno that was to follow. After catching the end of the resident DJ’s set which featured a few nice up tempo selections it was time for the reigns to be handed over to Krueger.
Once the man from Dusseldorf had taken control, Wire became noticeably busier as more and more people seeped onto the dancefloor. Without hesitation, the crowd were quickly flung into action thanks to some bouncy early selections that allowed for some more varied and enjoyable movement, rather than a monotonous fist pump to a 4/4 kick drum. Krueger’s reputation for seamless mixing and overall skill as a DJ was quickly justified as tracks were subtly mixed together, not allowing for any breaks in the rhythm and keeping myself second guessing as to when one track was being mixed into another; a theme that was present throughout the entirety of the set. Drops were regularly teased, catching out a number of revellers with premature cheers and raised arms. It was this kind of variety in Krueger’s mixing that consistently reminded you of his presence behind the decks, something which could have been so easily forgotten about due to the impeccable and almost unnoticeable transition’s he was executing.
It was around the halfway point of the set when Krueger started to show off the bigger tracks from his collection, with selections featuring thunderous bass and sporadic drums, all used to brilliant effect thanks to more steady builds and eventual drops, each time meeting palpable adulation. Sadly, the set was cut short to just over 2 hours, however the evening was seen out in capable fashion by Peter Glasspool despite not being able to get into the groove as his set having the chance to only play for an hour.
Despite the relatively small crowd it was clear that all in attendance where there for the right reasons; to appreciate the skills of a talented selector and be part of the type of night that just seems to be a little different than any other in Leeds currently. A short but sweet night that nonetheless put the stamina to the test. A strong return for the Nest crew, onto the next one.
Words by Elliot Ryder
Photos courtesy of Nest