Butter Side Up
Hunee 4-hour set
Friday 21st April
The HiFi Club, Leeds
There are few things more smile-inducing than the peer into a basement club being met with a twirling, tank-topped Hun Choi aka Hunee. Over the past few years he has deservedly gained a reputation for emanating positivity into whatever crowd he has in front of him. The crowd in question on this night was of Leeds’ HiFi Club – a well established institution in the city’s thriving nightlife scene. The night was put on by Butter Side Up - another of Leeds’ mainstays, who Hunee has branded as one of his ‘favourite party crews’, having played for them several times over the last 5 years. This however was his first outing at HiFi, which had coincidentally just taken stock of a new in-house rotary mixer. Having been a regular at the club myself it was really great to hear it sounding so punchy and crisp for Hunee.
The night eased into action with a few synthy and slow Italo numbers alongside the mixture of afrobeat, soul and highlife with which Hunee has become synonymous. As it progressed he weaved his way through more pumping selections from house, 80’s electro and kwaito returning to more straight disco and soul towards the end - not to mention a smattering of wild high tempo soca somewhere in between. He has an innate ability to throw curveballs and make wild selections seem accessible. On their own and in terms of personal taste I’m not always the biggest fan of some of his safer selections, but they are presented so undeniably well and his enthusiasm just pours into the crowd. Since a good number of the tunes on the night can be found on the ID group I’ll spare the details, but notable moments were the new Dekmantel single (047) being played at a silly volume and this breakbeat tune from Andronicus.
The combination of great sound and genuinely up-for-it crowd made it one of the better experiences I’ve had at HiFi, and I’ve realised whilst writing this that trying to document Hunee’s DJing slightly misses the point. He’s an absolute joy to watch play and you can be sure you’ll leave the night a happier person. I think this quote from his wholesome twitter sums it up best: “I never think of "killing" or "smashing" or "destroying" it when I play music. I am searching for another relationship with the dancefloor.”
Photo courtesy of CW Photographics