Underground Leeds’ night mono_cult turned three years old this year and after launching their new residency at one of the city’s more intimate and atmospheric venues, Wire, the brand has been progressing with well thought out bookings and a loyal, musically-driven crowd.
Tonight sees one of the electronic scenes current frontrunners, Tensnake, hold pride of place on the sharply designed flyers just above mUmU’s Harrison, creating a notable buzz proceeding the date.
With sets on the night also provided by residents and mono_cult founders Brad Mercer, Matt Long and Paul Kaminski, all diverse and experienced DJs in their own right, things get off to a storming start as the deep and tech house that has made their name fills Wire’s walls. Formerly an after-party venue, Wire has undergone a full refit that saw the installation of a brand new sound-system. Now worthy of hosting some of the city’s most popular nights, the dark, sultry basement easily holds its own against Leeds’ more established clubs.
As the atmosphere and pace progresses into the early hours, Tensnake (aka Marco Niemerski) poises to step up and unleash his eclectic disco beats on the crowd. Needless to say a massive highlight of his set is the monster ‘Coma Cat’ which sees the packed dancefloor kick off. The rest of Tensnake’s set crosses several genres, as is in all of the mixes he puts out, though he centres primarily on good old fashioned house, the kind that makes you dance your tits off and raises numerous cheers along the way. It justifies all the recent hype and as the scene gravitates at breakneck speed back to its more uplifting roots, Tensnake shows exactly why this sound is dominate at the moment.
With fierce competition to be amongst the first promoters to book the German native, mono_cult have pulled off a much envied booking and the energy in the room more than reflects it. Keeping the dancefloor throbbing until close, the residents take to the decks for a delightfully intimate run of tracks and create a vibe only attainable through the meeting of minds that the DJs and crowd here represent.
In a city swimming with house nights, each offering an individual element to the Leeds scene, mono_cult serves up a mature, diverse and above all consistent party having already hosted the likes of DJ W!ld, Prosumer and Motor City Drum Ensemble. And now settled in their new home, they promise even more memorable dates throughout the year.
Words: Julia Jennings