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In Review: Exodus Presents at Wire, Leeds

In Review: Exodus Presents at Wire, Leeds

Nicole Ray | Reviews

As someone who doesn't know a lot about dub techno, the dub part was an intriguing aspect for anyone favouring the warbling sounds of bass. That and one name: Jack Sparrow. Having seen him play on occasion via various Sub Dub events, this would be first time witnessing him truly unleashed alongside Jkenzo, and that prospect was one drenched in excitement and anticipation.

Breakfake fully set the tone playing 140 classics from Mala, Loefah and Epoch to name a few. Literally walking into a wall of bass was nothing short of glorious, as the Sinai Sound System taking over Wire held up beautifully for this assault on the senses.

All frequencies were engaged, sweaty gun fingers were in abundance and it was a real coming together of fans of all things dub. Bouncy and bassy poly-rhythms rang out as the floor began to fill up slowly - the only place to be for this was front left. Breakfake even dropped some reggae dubs to remind the young ones and new fans of where it all spawned from - a beautiful history lesson. Knees were touching foreheads, a great workout if you hadn't gone gym earlier in the day...or the week for that matter, as the calories were well and truly burnt.

After getting the unfortunate news that Sparrow could no longer make it, Jkenzo stepped up to the plate and everything from minds to dancing feet were destroyed. More poly rhythms and the occasional “wheel up" would come into play, igniting the energy all over again. Wire basically became a hyped up and supportive sweat box while Jkenzo took his time between transitions to make sure the crowd fully was on it.

Every time he dropped it was met with a big ceremonious cheer, whether you knew what was coming next or not.

Job done.

In Review: Exodus Presents at Wire, Leeds

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