Batu + Residents
Tuesday 15th Mar
The first installation of Broken Mechanics descend on the smokey grounds of Wire, delivering a welcomed dose of UK Techno, the lineup featured upcoming Bristonian DJ and producer Batu, as well as support from residents Roux, Hopnep, Croma and Ed Key.
Upon arrival, the basement was beginning to fill up with a small but, nonetheless, dedicated crowd building up the pace for what was in store that night.
First up were Roux and Hopnep, delivering an hour-long b2b set of low tempo, sub-heavy techno. Following them was another b2b set by founders Croma (Thom Meakin) and Ed Key, who further built up the atmosphere, filling the scene with an eclectic synthesis of bass and techno, shaping way nicely for their headliner of the night.
There was a lot of anticipation surrounding Batu’s appearence, as he’s gathered a reputable status in the UK techno scene down south. Aiming to deliver this emerging sound to the North, Broken Mechanics debuted with an impressive act who seeks to bring a fight to the stagnant club culture in the UK.
Batu took to the decks at 1:30 to cabinet a selection of experimental subby techno informed by influences rooting in the UK dub and grime scenes. He proved himself worthy of his praised status, mixing from bassy and percussive tunes such as Numen and Gesloton Cirkel’s Twisted Balloon, to a crowd-pleasing spin of Andrea’s Outlines, proving himself to be a producer and DJ of high caliber.
It was a pleasant change to hear something outside of the usual 4/4 we’re used to here in Leeds, and the music not only provided something that was new, but also engaging. It progressed from unsettling low-tempo moments with distinctly percussive elements to more up beat, dub-informed sounds that showcased experimental techno with a markedly British sound.
Tuesday night was a great start for the boys from Broken Mechanics; they were able to draw in a committed crowd as well as bringing something new and exciting to the Leeds techno scene. I’d recommend keeping an eye out for what they have to offer us next.
Words by Marigold Warner
Photo courtesy of Broken Mechanics