UK techno will be order of the day in Leeds on Friday 23rd of September, as Wire hosts a five hour set from Joy Orbison and sets him up with support from Hessle Audio star Bruce. Both making waves in the UK bass and techno scenes since their very first releases, the pair are likely to be dealing in some dark and dangerous tracks as they take to West Yorkshire’s favourite basement.
Wire used to be the stomping ground for Hessle Audio trio Ben UFO, Pearson Sound and Pangaea, and it was Hessle that gave Bruce his big break in 2014, releasing his experimental first EP Not Stochastic. Releases on Dnuos Ytivil, Idle Hands and another on Hessle have followed in the two years since, with Bruce also taking to the Wire booth on two occasions as a guest of Wisdom Teeth and Off The Record. He’ll be excited to get stuck in once again, this time alongside arguably one of the best producers to come out of the UK in the last decade.
That producer, of course, goes by the name of Joy Orbison, and has been tearing things up with a busy touring schedule, high quality releases and a handful of stunning mixes, including a recent effort for the Dekmantel Podcast series. Often floating between techno, garage, jungle and other offshoots of UK dance music, Joy Orbison has proven himself one of the best representatives of the local scene, and has used his Hinge Finger imprint to put out releases by the likes of Madteo, Blawan and Barnt, as well as his year-defining 2012 track “Ellipsis”. Now widely regarded as one of the best around, he’ll have the chance to direct the night’s affairs for a full five hours, meaning Wire’s underground pilgrims will be journeying deeper than most into his expansive music collection.
Words by Andrew Kemp
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