A new party called Kai-zen will kick into gear in Leeds next month, with minimal specialist Onur Özer the man charged with leading their first Sunday Brunch party. Booked in at the fantastic Studio 24 space in Mabgate, Sunday Brunch will take place on the 19th of February on what will be a very special day with Istanbul’s most influential house DJ.
First getting stuck into the local clubbing scene in 1990s, Onur Özer made it his mission to infuse the Istanbul nightlife with the passion for dance music that drives him, and before long he was exporting his curious minimal tech house to other European cities as well. Taking up a residency at the acclaimed Sweet Sense in 2004, Onur found himself rubbing shoulders with some of house music’s stars, and before too long had become a celebrated peer of artists as revered as Ricardo Villalobos or the [a:rpia:r] crew. Crafting tracks that are both warm and spacious, the Turkish producer earned himself a series of releases on Vakant as well as Time Passages and Sven Väth’s Cocoon Recordings, placing him at the forefront of a microhouse and minimal movement that has been gaining momentum rapidly over the last few years.
Often trippy, broken, but overridingly groovy, Onur treats his mixes in the same way he does productions, bringing in plenty of curveballs and off-kilter sounds to keep the subtle progressions and careful transitions from growing stale. Adopting a similar approach to the one that has made Villalobos the prince of underground dance music, Özer throws together seemingly mismatched tunes and yet manages to make them fit together like they’d never been apart, with elements of jazz, disco, techno and house fusing together to not just move the feet, but engage the mind.
Few go deeper than the swelling group of minimal house artists making waves in Romania, Berlin and further afield, but Onur Özer stands alongside them as a excavator of the underground’s most obscure treasures. With additional support coming from Miffy & Miller of Slapfunk, You&Me’s Josh Baker andLudovico of King Size Recordings, you can expect this end of weekend day party to transport you to some very foreign lands indeed.
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