Set One Twenty is a Leeds-based party that has been running for just over a year. Their origins exhibited a disco-centric booking policy, yet they have widened their repertoire in the latter half of 2013, bringing acts such as Genius of Time, Outboxx & Medlar to Leeds.
For their second night at Mint Club, on 9th November, they put on their most underground line-up to date. Headlining was Kyle Hall and supporting him was Leon Vynehall & A1 Bassline, who have recently collaborated to great effect with their Lazlo Dancehall project. All three artists are acclaimed within their own spheres, but they could all be considered to be more for the ‘heads’ than the names on a regular student lineup, and I was interested to see how they would be received by the Set One Twenty crowd.
I arrived around 12 and resident James Perrin was warming up a blend of disco-influenced and 90s-referencing house and the increasing number of bodies on the dancefloor throughout his set showed how well this was going down.
Leon stepped up at 1 and instantly took things into ‘wotdyacallit’ territory as Mint Club’s famed LED lights began dancing around the ceiling. With his Technics pitched somewhere in the 120s, he expertly manoeuvred through an eclectic selection of differing rhythmic patterns and styles. When he dropped ‘Brother’ at 2 it was the 1st track I recognised in his set,and it was testament to his abilities as a DJ that the crowd stayed completely onside throughout. At 2.30, Kyle Hall stepped up to the decks. The wave of appreciation from when the needle hit his first record showed that most the crowd were there for him and he certainly didn’t disappoint. Leon had been moving into darker territory for the final half hour of his set and Kyle simply picked it up from there, upped the tempo and let the music do the damage. He assaulted the crowd with techno for half an hour, before allowing them some rest bite by taking things deeper, then stepping things back up as the clock ticked past 4. Again, I was pleasantly surprised by the crowd vibing off a bunch of music that they – or at least I – had never heard before.
When A1 stepped up sometime after 4, the crowd had notably thinned out, but I think this was more to do with it being bedtime than any problems with the night. He took things into bassier territory and dropped Gave Up to the crowd’s absolute delight. Unfortunately, it was also hometime for me too, so I didn’t catch the end of his set.
All in all, I left impressed both with the variety and quality of music on offer and the open nature of the Leeds student crowd in lapping these styles up.
– John Hardy