Shadow Child, My Nu Leng, Mella Dee, Mele + Residents
Saturday 23rd Apr
Canal Mills, Leeds
Metropolis returned to Canal Mills for one final blowout before the summer, bringing along the likes of Shadow Child, Melé, Mella Dee and special guests My Nu Leng. All the makings for a big night with a variation of sound.
Canal Mills filled up fast as Metropolis favourites GotSome opened up proceedings in the main room. The duo warmed up with an explosion of house and bass, dropping their eminent tune Bassline that had everybody skanking.
When the clock struck twelve Melé was welcomed to the stage, an old favourite of mine. In light of his recent success; huge new tracks, a 12-month residency in his hometown Liverpool and his own record label, his set was going to be big. Melé began with a heavy build of African drums and tribal sounds. Going through techno infused percussion edits, with a UK funk influence, he had the room bouncing as he created an almost carnival like atmosphere. Mixing a variety of tracks such as an instrumental of Spillers Groovejet and Melé’s huge success Ambience, Melé bouced with the crowed behind the decks feeding off the atmosphere in the room.
Over in room 2 was a Sticky Feet takeover with the boys from Leeds kicking off the night with an array of grime, bass and old school garage classics such as Mc Luck and Dj Neat’s With a Little Bit of Luck. With Dan Hills, Stoxx, Danny James, Livesy & Keon behind the decks showcasing local underground talent.
(My Nu Leng & Dread MC - Photo: Elliot Young)
Famously acclaimed for his release of String Thing on Dirtybird in 2012 and after mad raving reviews of his recent set at AMP Lost & Found, it was exciting to see Shadow Child behind the decks at Canal Mills. He suitably began his set with a batch of deep house before progressing to hard tech house that had the crowd pumping towards the trippy Shadow Child pyrotechnics flashing up on screens ahead. The atmosphere in the room was charged as he dropped tunes such as Ron Costa’s Get Uri and his old school sounding Piano Weapon feat. Doorly. The ravers lost themselves beneath the laser canopy when Shadow Child mixed in his infamous ‘23’ before mixing into Benga’s dubstep classic Night, definitely one of the biggest drops of the night.
Next to take to the stage were special guests My Nu Leng accompanied by Dread MC. As one of the biggest duos surfacing at the moment, with their forthcoming FabricLive mix CD and esteemed for their dirty bassline drops and gun finger skanking tunes, their set conducted by Dread was set to be heavyweight. Unfortunately, on the night we were only graced by one member of the duo, however this wasn’t at all noticeable and it's safe to say Jammo did the team justice. This was a high energy set with Dread MC hyping up the crowd and bassline bangers such as My Nu Leng and Flava D’s Soul Shake and a remix of Jillionaire & Salvatores Fresh. Another highlight of the set was hearing Skepta, D Double E and A$AP Nast’s Ladies Hit Squad to switch up the set in amongst distinctive exclusive bassline releases. Jammo and Dread both rode the energy of the crowd and encapsulated the Canal Mills dancefloor.
Last to grace the main stage was Yorkshire man Mella Dee. He immediately had the floor grooving, opening his set with Orbital’s spacey anthem Belfast. Quite the variation from the previous sets of the night, but the floor was still swarmed and hands high in the air. Mella Dee continued to drop a mixture of big tracks, with ominous techno such as Alan Fitzpatrick’s Love Siren that had fists pumping. A special highlight of the set was hearing Mella Dee’s alias NoFace Saturate, a brutal techno banger with a monstrous kick drum that demanded the whole room stomp. The energy throughout the warehouse was voltaic as he premiered a few minute long eerie synthy breakdown, leaving ravers stunned in their tracks as the night came to an end.
(Metropolis 23/04/16 Canal Mills - Photo: Elliot Young)
Words by Sophie Okonwko
Photos courtesy of Elliot Young