Review: Mono_Cult w/Levon Vincent & Session Victim
Full Circle Warehouse
Friday 25th May 2012
With university exams drawing to a close, and searing hot weather throughout the day, the scene was set serendipitously for the Mono_cult boys, who invited down the Berlin duo, Session Victim and the New Yorker, Levon Vincent, who was hot off his recent Fabric mix.
Hosting the event was the intimate venue Full Circle, with its large side doors and spacious courtyard there was a much needed ventilation as the venue filled up quickly, while Session Victim got the party grooving. As soon as the needle hit the wax exam woes were shaken off and bootys were moving as the duo played a cool mixture of deep house and disco, featuring some great tracks, such as Four Tet’s Pinnacles (as well as Jupiter) and Mr Beatnick’s Sun Goddess. Despite one beat-matching faux pas the Berlin duo eased us into some harder dance grooves and then really got the floor shaking with current clubland hit New For U by Andrés. The track’s mesmeric strings were a perfect supplement to the evening, which was rooted in commitment to quality underground house and techno.
Following Session Victim’s uplifting and free spirited set was the techno stalwart Levon Vincent. Having released on such prestigious labels such as Ostgut Ton (Berghain’s label in Berlin) and Underground Quality (the imprint run by Jus-Ed a.k.a Edward McKeithen in Conneticut), there was a greater deal of expectation surrounding the American’s late night set. Levon’s set had a different quality to Session Victim – his approach to djing displayed an experience that evades so many djs on the circuit today. The set was slow burning and began with many build-ups and atmospheric tones however after building a minimal – esoteric vibe, Levon saw the night through with hard-hitting techno inspired beats.
The quality of the two artists and the difference in approach and style is testament to the promoters, Mono_Cult, who have consistently hosted quality artists across the spectrum of electronic dance music. Now on their way to Ibiza to indulge in some balaeric beats, they will be returning to Leeds on the 7th of July to play host to Efdemnin and Space Dimension Controller – another two artists with varying styles, but equally impressive back catalogues.
Words: Tom Hannah
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