Mono_cult have gone from strength to strength over the last few years, so when they announced they’d be bringing Detroit selector Theo Parrish back to Leeds everyone was impressed, but not surprised. Having grown from a little Northern shackout to a party crew renowned for superb house nights all over Europe, Mono_cult are proving that they deserve their solid reputation as purveyors of serious heat. Safe to say they can now officially add last Friday to their list of achievements, as they made an atmospheric, brilliantly executed club night look like a walk in the park.
Serious business was the name of the game, with Theo himself being the only one to get a serious chance on the ones and twos. Support would have been superfluous really, and the main man didn’t even give the residents much of a chance, kicking them off the decks after his official set and returning to an eager crowd who were more than happy to keep dancing. But what do you expect? He’s Theo Parrish, he does what he wants. That bold, yet easygoing attitude is of course manifested in his mixing style. This was just one of the reasons Friday was so brilliant: it almost felt like you were hanging out in a friend’s bedroom while he showed off his stellar record collection. For all its intimacy, however, the set was still utterly brutal. Parrish is not to be messed with when it comes to making disco sound relentless rather than simply repetitive, and every selection was a testament to his deft mixing skills. You have to be DJing royalty to make soft synths sound like tough stuff, and in that respect Theo is king. The set wasn’t limited to pounding disco beats – he wandered into reggae and hip hop here and there, a notable mention going to a well-received outing of Notorious B.I.G.’s ‘Unbelievable’.
The evening wasn’t completely perfect, and there were a few grouchy complaints about sound quality here and there, which was slightly unfair considering the difficulties inherent to venues like The Iron Mill. But it has to be said that the location was nonetheless a lot of fun, the crowd were well-behaved (but more importantly ready to get leg ache and foot blisters), and the sounds were pure power, truly cosmic from start to finish. Love to Theo, and pats on the back for Mono-cult, who managed to nail it yet again.
Review by Tabitha Thorlu-Bangura
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