There's plenty of sunshine promised this weekend, but before you get carried away celebrating Record Store Day this Saturday afternoon (see you in the queue at Crash!), don't forget, there's still plenty of brilliant club music happening by night. Magna Carta return with a who's who of tech, Rinse hand the keys of Wire to Canadian prodigy Jacques Greene, and FunkSoulNation even delve into cinema at HiFi. Plenty of reasons to limit your time in the beer garden, then.
Magna Carta - Mint Club, Harrison Street, Friday
With Ibiza just around the corner, promoters Magna Carta are getting ahead of the game at Mint Club, presenting a showcase of two of the best respected tech house labels in the game, and a rich programme of DJs to boot. Max Chapman will be on hand, representing his own Resonance Record imprint, joined by Leftwing and Kody and their Lost Records powerhouse. Headlining, and not picking sides, is Hot Creations man Richy Ahmed, joined by Yorkshire’s own high octane house hero, Josh Butler, with further deep, dubby tech promised from Igluu.
Love is The Message - The HiFi Club, Central Road, Friday
A different sort of event this Friday at HiFi, with a cinema screening of proto-disco documentary ‘Love Is The Message’, followed by a party in the spirit of the film itself. Chronicling the rise of infamous New York club ‘The Gallery’, which saw the rise of DJs such as Larry Levan, Frankie Knuckles and Nicky Siano to the height of their power, the screening should provide a perfect primer to an extra special night of gritty disco and more from the FunkSoulNation DJ team.
Rinse Presents: Jacques Greene - Wire, Call Lane, Saturday
Former London pirate station turned dance music empire Rinse always bring a strong party to Leeds, with one of their regular selectors playing a special extended set. This month, it’s the turn of versatile Canadian producer, designer, DJ and all round nice guy, Jacques Greene, returning to the decks after an extensive year of touring his heartbreaking live show. Drawing influences from contemporary house, techno and acid, but built upon the foundation of a true love of hip hop and RnB, Greene undoubtedly has a broad enough record collection and taste to ensure this will be a real ear opening excursion.
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