Back To Basics - The Last Supper
Kate Simko, Dave Beer, Frenchy, Josh Plews
Saturday 20th August
Words by Ciaran Ansell
They say all good things must come to an end, and for most club nights that’s true. But Back To Basics, which is about to write a new chapter in its bible of House music, isn’t just any club night. After two years of top quality small-scale parties at the infamous Wire Club in Leeds, the Basics family has found a place it can call home for good.
In the heart of the student community near the city centre lies a beautiful church building, of which most locals will know as Halo. The disciples of Basics are hard at work transforming the place into a club, which will be aptly named “Church”: A fitting name considering the following the night has attained in its 26 years of life. In the words of Basics head honcho Dave Beer, it should "God willing" be open for worship late in September.
"They say all good things must come to an end, and for most club nights that’s true. But Back To Basics, which is about to write a new chapter in its bible of House music, isn’t just any club night."
In a farewell bid to one of the finest underground clubs Leeds has to offer, Basics maintained its reputation for throwing an unforgettable party. On the 20th of August, the Wire club hosted its last ever Basics party, with special guest Kate Simko alongside residents Frenchy, Dave Beer and Josh Plews.
First up on DJ duties was Josh, who effortlessly fused together a diverse mix of deep and chunky House music. While many DJ’s often rely on recognised crowd pleasers, Josh’s speciality is his ability to keep the crowd locked into the groove without relying on such tracks. With the party well and truly hyped, it was time for Frenchy to take over the reigns. A slow progression into a bass heavy tech House tribal vibe, with overtones of subtle breakbeats and techno were the order of the day for Frenchy. Over the years it would be safe to say that this is something of a speciality for this highly experienced selector.
Next up on the bill was the highly anticipated set of Chicago born, London based rising star Kate Simko. With productions and DJ skills earning the respect of House music heavyweights such as Jamie Jones, Kerri Chandler and Guy Gerber, it was evident she would be the perfect headliner for this farewell party.
“I’ve been hearing about Back To Basics for years, and the night lived up to the legendary expectations."
Trying to pigeonhole such an artist into words is no mean feat. Her set would best be described as a melodic, uplifting master class in top quality jacking underground House music. However you had to be there to truly appreciate the wizardry on display. Her use of rhythmic, minimal tracks as a counterpoint to the peaks of her sets is what makes her stand out from her peers. Subtle mixes progressed suddenly into well-embraced euphoric moments - the ones that only House music can provide. After her set she stated “I’ve been hearing about Back To Basics for years, and the night lived up to the legendary expectations. Frenchy played a killer set and I had a blast playing music to the clued up crowd.”
Bringing the night to a close was only ever going to be done right by one person, and who better to finish the night off than one of the main promoters that started it? Dave Beer, “purveyor of good times” did what he does best, rinsing his way through many a forgotten gem with the odd classic thrown in for good measure. Despite the Funktion 1 speaker system at times not sounding it’s best, the crowd, club staff and Basics crew alike rejoiced in one final ceremonial back to Basics as it bid farewell the Wire club.
All too quickly the night came to a close, but there was an excitement in the air over what the future holds for Basics and its ever-extending family. It’s a safe bet to assume that exciting times lie ahead for Basics as it moves on to new pastures in its Church of House music.
Words by Ciaran Ansell
Photos courtesy of Wire Leeds