There are some DJs who prize the art of discovery above all else, and Nicolas Lutz is perhaps the best example of that excavator ethos. Devoted to uncovering music that would otherwise go unheard, the Berlin-based Uruguayan lends each selection to his audience as a one-off gift before it is returned to the unknown, and so his trip to Leeds for Butter Side Up next week is undoubtedly one of the most intriguing fixtures in the city’s 2018 calendar.
Berlin is known for its unparalleled dance music culture, but even in a city that is flooded with talent, Lutz and a like-minded crowd that includes the likes of Binh, Francesco Del Garda and Margaret Dygas are known for doing things differently. Obsessed with mystery, their precious attitudes towards the most obscure music make their sets unique, drawing for weapons that knock you senseless and then disappear into your memory before you’ve even chance to catch your breath. Perhaps infuriating for the phone-brandishing ID hunters who seek to extract titles from their nights out, the culture that Lutz decrees is one of less tangible rewards, instead offering blistering sonic experiences that won’t be repeated. Nameless techno, electro and breakbeat collide at high velocity, so often the most exciting music that you’ll most likely never hear again; but that’s the beauty.
For four hours at Wire, Lutz is offering a lesson with no answers.
Photo courtesy of Nicolas Lutz and Lola Ed
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