Brotherhood is no stranger to putting on memorable parties, but this year’s events have been grabbing the attention of the Leeds music heads with vibrant, attention grabbing posters, top notch bookings and a couple of supremely talented resident DJs. Currently headed up by George Hartshorn, Brotherhood has been on one hell of a journey over the last few years, as it has morphed from a bass music, sound-system based party focusing on the darker realms of electronic music into what it is today.
Brotherhood has hosted nights at locations all over Leeds, and in late 2017 they have returned to Wire. Compared to the set-up Brotherhood used at Wire in years gone by, where the soundsystem was wrapped around the fire escape staircase and blasting out bass heavy music, 2017’s incarnation was a much more mellow affair in terms of the decor and (some of!) the music played.
Yellow and green lighting turned Wire into a far more welcoming space than what I was used to, and reasons for the switch in style may be in part due to Brotherhood quietly booking all female lineups for the first three nights in autumn 2017. The way in which George has done this has inspired other promoters in Leeds, and won him praise from Lakuti who posted a status on her Facebook page the next day outlining how refreshing it was to see all female lineups being promoted without making it a ‘thing’ or key selling point of the night.
Friday’s bookings were the hugely popular Tama Sumo and as previously mentioned, Lakuti, the married couple who have been tearing it up at Berlin’s world famous Panorama Bar for several years. First up however was resident Tami, whose opening selections were exactly what the crowd needed to get them in the spirit for the uplifting, worldly music Tama and Lakuti would soon bring. She played a great selection of tracks to a large audience who definitely appeared to be enjoying what she had in her record bag. Highlights from her set included N-Joi’s “Anthem” and the Justin VanDerVolgen edit of Alexander Robotnick’s “Undicidisco”. Tami also had the bravery to close her set with the Powerpuff Girls theme tune, a brilliant and suitable reference to the girl power that Brotherhood has championed with its parties since summer came to a close.
Tama Sumo and Lakuti’s set was exactly what we’ve come to expect from the experienced duo. They seemed to steer clear of modern productions of techno and electro in favour of exotic house and eclectic afrobeat selections. Apart from some brief confusion over controversy with one of the needles, the Wire crowd definitely enjoyed their tracks and were buoyed on by the infectious energy of DJs behind the decks, as well as Tami and Lucy who were having true ‘meet your heroes’ moment.
To end the night we had the pleasure of witnessing Luce bring the house down with one of the most enjoyable sets that I’ve ever personally witnessed. Whilst keeping the mixing to a minimum, she proved selections are all that essentially matters by moving deftly from numbers like Dennis F’s remix of Aaron Carl’s “My House”, to dark, pumping, acid in the form of Sarin’s “Control”.
If this party is anything to go on, Brotherhood is being taken in incredible new directions by George Hartshorn and with Tami and Luce at his side I cannot wait to see what the future has in store.
(Causing a stir: Brotherhood residents Luce (left) and Tami (right) have been making a real impression with their unorthodox and creative approaches to DJing - Photo: Brotherhood)
Main photo courtesy of Tama Sumo & Lakuti