Having been to numerous Pretty Pretty Good nights in Sheffield, their Leeds debut at Wire generated much interest. Boasting a diverse catalogue of bookings including Midland, Loefah, Hunee, Alex Coulton and Palms Trax, Pretty Pretty Good know how to put on quality events across numerous genres. Their choice of Chaos In The CBD and Adesse Versions at the intimate Wire basement provided all the makings for an exciting Leeds launch.
Kudan joined the promising UK talent Yak to kick things off for the first hour, bringing together tribal elements displayed in Yak’s track Mido and the Jose Marquez remix of You Better Ask Yourself by Femi Kuti. Chaos In The CBD took over at 12 and got the ever-growing crowd moving, using a mix of warm vocals, soft pads and jazzy influences to create a friendly yet euphoric atmosphere. The music progressed throughout the set growing ever darker with Michael E’s acid track Child Of God going down very well. Chaos In The CBD have developed an individual sound which is displayed in tracks like Midnight In Peckham and Phantom Melodies. Their productions draw almost lounge-like influences while the drums and percussive elements maintain a strong sense of rhythm throughout. This unique sound certainly came through during the set, providing the crowd with a very enjoyable experience.
Adesse Versions, unfortunately, did not make an appearance, so Chaos In The CBD played what appeared to be an extended set. Despite this set back, it did not feel as though it took anything away from the night itself. The exotic and unconventional song selection throughout really contributed to a very enjoyable night: all in all a promising Leeds debut for Pretty Pretty Good.
Words by Adrian Taylor
Photos courtesy of Pretty Pretty Good