House and techno nights are in high demand and high supply in Leeds, but finding one that stands alone as a truly special musical experience can be difficult. With such a range of excellent DJs on the circuit, finding one who can lead an enjoyable night from behind the decks has never been easier, but those life-changing, transcendent dancefloor moments are much harder to come by. If any promoters in the city know how to deliver those rare gems, however, it would have to be Butter Side Up, and there’s a good chance they’ll have done it again when they bring DJ Sprinkles to Wire on Friday 13th October.
An artist whose very identity is inseparable from their art, Terre Thaemlitz and her male alias DJ Sprinkles draw from the essence of dance music for inspiration, carrying the political and social makeup of house music into every selection. Exploring depths that few DJs are brave enough to enter with the focus on extended cuts and hypnotic repetition, Sprinkles forgoes quick mixing in favour of long, endless deep house grooves, allowing each song to develop at its own pace to make for an introspective and emotional soundscape. Up there with the most cerebral experiences you can enjoy at the hands of a DJ, seeing Thaemlitz steer a journey through ambient, beatless watercolours and brutal, oppressive rhythms is akin to reading a finely written descriptive passage, with narrative derived from every decision and each transition.
Immersive music of this nature could not be paired with your standard house and techno constructions, and Butter Side Up have done well to find in Gwenan another booking whose approach to music is similarly exploratory. Known as a favourite at Free Rotation, the now Berlin-based selector breathes new life into techno and varying styles of deep electronic sounds, making her a perfect foil for Sprinkles on what looks set to be an immaculate birthday for Butter Side Up.
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