Chicago native Sadar Badar has been playing out his remarkably extensive record collection for decades, but since the turn of the century he’s been slowly getting recognised as one of the best selectors in the business. As well as his infectious energy whilst DJing and glowing demeanour, crowds have rightly been won over by the sheer amount of incredible rare disco and soul music that he has the ability to draw from his bag.
On his last trip to Leeds he was booked to play in HiFi, which on the surface strikes me as a venue that fits his style perfectly. However, this time he was due to wow the crowds in Wire, a spot more frequently visited by the dons of more modern techno and house producers. Unsurprisingly, from from the start his set he seemed immediately at home as he began laying down some selections that those watching took very much in their stride.
By playing exclusively genres of music that are notoriously difficult to mix, Sadar sets himself a challenge every time he plays out. It is quite something to watch how he seamlessly slides between disco tunes of varying speeds whilst making the mix itself sound in no way jarring, but actually serves to create a mind-bending crescendo of noise before fading out the previous track. Throughout the night his technical ability seemed to never cease and, like you would expect, Wire’s otherworldly Isonoe mixer would have helped out a lot in this respect.
If you’ve got a ticket to see him, it’s likely you know exactly what you’re going to get. Disco and soul are his passions, with 15,000 records collected so far. I will happily admit that I would love to see him suddenly start playing some ridiculous techno totally out of the blue, but that's not what he does. We will likely never know what treasures he keeps hidden in his collection that don’t fit in with the small number of genres he plays out.
As the night progressed the volume was slowly ramped up to an almost deafening level. Emphasis on almost, but still there may have been some clubbers who would have regretted not bringing earplugs for the last couple of hours.
The night was a resounding success, with Sadar picking out some glorious selections, whilst not exactly doing anything out-of-the-box or particularly groundbreaking.
Photo courtesy of Christopher Werrett
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