System - Rhadoo, Sonja Moonier & Steve O'Sullivan
Saturday 3rd Oct
Mint Club, Leeds
As the summer transitions into autumn, emphasis switches from outdoor music events to the warehouse and club scene around the country. There are some incredible events taking place over the next few months, and we were excited to be back in Leeds on October 3rd for System who were bringing together a unique selection of artists. System continue to showcase the very best in house and techno and their winter listings boast an impeccable line-up of underground talent from across the continent.
Mint Club was comfortably busy when we arrived, the crowd enjoying the early set from System residents Bobbie O’Donnell and Annie Errez who were building up the atmosphere for the night. The Leeds duo are making waves at the moment, both have been acknowledged as artists to keep an eye on with releases on Steve O’Sullivan’s Mosaic Records to enhance their reputation. For house and techno lovers, Steve O’Sullivan needs no introduction. Known for his dubbed out grooves, the UK based producer took centre stage and was surrounded by analog hardware to translate his dub techno sound through samples and taut drum machine rhythms. I have been to previous events where the live set distracts from the DJs and appears out of sync, but Steve O’Sullivan is of higher calibre and generated a rousing reception from the enthusiastic crowd.
The mesmerising Sonja Moonear was next, returning to Mint Club after headlining at the venue earlier in the year for System’s birthday. Her creative set is made for intimate venues, Mint Club providing the perfect environment for her to experiment with rolling, minimal techno that had the crowd under her control. Sonja constructed an ambience that infused various styles, building up nicely for the finale. Closing out the event was Rhadoo, a member of the [a:rpia:r] collective that also features Raresh and Petre Inspirescu, who have been instrumental in raising awareness in Romanian electronic music. Rhadoo’s selections were stripped back, taking the congregation on an exploratory journey through his track selection and beyond. I have seen Rhadoo a few times this year and every time it’s been refreshing to experience an artist that refuses to compromise and truly understands how to educate the dancefloor.
Words by Joe Dawson
Photos coutesy of CW Photographics