Leeds will be on the receiving end of a blast from the past on Saturday 18th March, with returning party legends tWaDdLe taking over Old Red Bus Station for a night of tunes from Freerotation residents Leif and Tom Ellis. Back with an almighty bang following years out of the scene, the tWaDdLe crowd will reunite to resurrect the spirit of their old home Stinky’s Peephouse and raise a little money for the anti-violence charity Always A Chance.
Arguably two of the most underrated DJs that the UK has, Tom Ellis and Leif are both seriously deep diggers, and have made names for themselves within the most knowledgeable circles as two unbelievably talented selectors and producers. Both holding residencies at Freerotation, one of the most exclusive festivals that UK music fans could hope to go to, the duo are masters of streamlined, trippy house, with minimal elements combining with tight grooves to make captivating and often dizzying electronic jams.
Twisting and turning like Messi in maroon and blue, tracks on Trimsound, Floppy Funk, Minibar, Logistic Records and more have marked Tom Ellis as one of the most brilliantly eccentric British house producers, with ventures into the deepest realms of dance music balanced perfectly by an unmistakable playfulness in his work. A similarly minded producer, Leif is no stranger to elastic beeps and squelching bass frequencies, with his own tracks matching the style that he portrays with his DJ sets, fusing the most addictive grooves and crispest percussion to create absolute dancefloor bombs.
Perhaps still a little further behind in his journey, Tom’s brother Joe Ellis is nonetheless an able third musketeer, offering up his own take on the minimal house that they have all become experts in. Assisted by the tWaDdLe resident DJs BrotherBull & Skipper, Christian Maiden & Neil McDermott, the trio will be in good company as they look to skip down the rabbit hole in Leeds.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photo courtesy of Katie Bruce