Rhythm Control 1st Birthday
Wilhelm, Mondad, Gessture & Residents
Tueday 8th Mar
In the heart of Leeds there is a club that every electronic music fan is all too familiar with. Yes, I am of course talking about Wire. This underground music venue has been home to some incredible parties over the years, best known for its punchy function one sound system and early morning curfews. What a perfect host it was, when the Rhythm Control team took over the club for their 1st birthday celebrations. Basing their nights around local talent in Leeds, the boys never fail to intertwine good music with a high energy crowd.
Entering the venue at around 11:00pm the room, disbursed with dancing bodies and a foggy glow of fluorescent light, started to prepare for what was about to take shape. No time was wasted here, as funky house beats greeted every new arrival from the get go. Rhythm Control’s resident’s kicked off the night with these sounds keeping a positive and uplifting vibe throughout. Just what you expect from a midweek party, it didn’t feel like a Tuesday at all. Blending an array of house music with satisfying vocals and tribal drum patterns the set kept everyone fully engaged and kicked the night off perfectly.
Next up to take the decks was Rhythm Controls guest for the night Gesture. Changing up from his residency at Deep fever, this DJ eased some real deep grooving sounds into his set. Displayed, was a variety of four to the floor funky tech-house sounds that then proceeded into stabby piano riffs and deep baselines. It really was an opportunity to get creative behind the decks as the crowd were locked in from the start and ready to go. Gesture seized this opportunity and delivered a crowd pleasing set packed with musical goodness. When big tunes like Ellipsis by Joy Orbison were dropped, instant musical connections were made as recognisable vocal samples turned heads and rumbling basslines jacked bodies. A performance that graced the crowd with a selection of harmonious melodies that boded well with the high energy on the dancefloor.
Like any great night, the room was eased into a state of musical satisfaction as all the DJ’s read the dynamic of the crowd and mixed accordingly. Wilhelm B2B Monad proved this as the night took full swing. Things definitely stepped up a gear when this duo took the stage, as awaiting them was a thirsty crowd who wanted more. Dished out, was a harder sounding style of music filled with techno and electronic shaky beats. The set fit in perfectly with the rest of the night as it entranced the crowd into a higher state of excitement that the whole night had been building towards. The pair certainly had full control and delivered a powerful hard-hitting performance that everyone was more than ready for.
Overall, the DJ’s demonstrated a great variety of music that had the crowd drawn in from the start. It was refreshing to see a night built around local talent whose aim was to create a great party atmosphere for everyone’s as well as their own enjoyment. Recognised for this, Rhythm Control will be joining System and Set One Twenty for Mint Warehouse’s Terrace party on the 1st of May, definitely not one to be missed. If they can throw midweek parties like this one, I can’t wait to see what they can do on a bank holiday weekend.
Words by Jimmy Caldwell
Photos courtesy of Ben Hale