Butter Side Up
Call Super (4-hour set)
Friday 19th May
Last Friday marked the end of another very strong season for Butter Side Up. The long-standing Leeds night is seemingly able to improve year on year, with consistently strong bookings adding to a trusted reputation as a place for a great party. It was therefore no surprise that they chose to close out the season with one of the most exciting selectors around – Call Super. On the back of a number of brilliant releases under various monikers for well established labels such as Dekmantel and The Trilogy Tapes, not to mention a highly praised Fabric mix cd, Joe Seaton seemed to be the ideal choice to see out the season in style, and the excitement around Leeds for Friday’s party was palpable.
Upon arrival to Wire, BSU resident Jonny Sleight was warming the room up with a nice selection of house and techno. As the room began to fill up he picked up the pace and really set the tone for the arrival of Call Super.
As Seaton took control there was a tangible party atmosphere descending; his ability to effortlessly switch between genres and styles is something that he has become known for, and this was very apparent on last Friday. Naturally flitting between Detroit techno, electro, house, garage and everything in between, even Pangaea’s ‘Inna Daze’ sounded very much at home amongst more obscure techno records.
As the night progressed, Call Super built up periods of hypnotic intensity interspersed with moments of flamboyance. Awesome 3’s ‘Don't Go (Kicks Like A Mule)’ was a particular highlight which drew many whoops from the excitable crowd. The atmosphere was upbeat for the entire night, and the sound system was sounding particularly good, making the arrival of Objekt’s ‘Theme from Q’ all the better. Although only released a couple of months ago, it has become an instant classic, and Seaton grinned as the excitable crowd responded by hammering the front of the DJ booth. Incidentally the last time he was at wire was during the memorable b2b with Objekt in October.
His 4 hour set twisted and turned between quirkier, slightly more unknown selections and more upbeat fist pumping tracks all joined together in a way that made you appreciate the every tune, whilst eagerly anticipating the next one. As closing time approached and the crowd had thinned out, leaving behind only the dedicated few, the blissful sounds of Orbital’s ‘Belfast’ filled the room and provided a fitting end to what had been an excellent night.