Event: Cosmic Slop 4th Birthday with Floating Points

Cosmic Slop is a Leeds night based in the Hope House gallery space. The Hope House gallery is home to MAP, an arts organisation that provides help to young people.

For the last four years the gallery space has played host to Cosmic Slop, organised by local vinyl addict Tom Smith, who is also affiliated with MAP. Cosmic Slop’s ethos is pretty simple: three Technics, a custom built rotary mixer and a makeshift bar selling very reasonably priced drinks. There are no tickets so you have to arrive early and £5 entry on the door is actually a donation rather than lining promoter’s pockets.

Anyway, me and a friend of mine were debating whether or not it was worth the trip down, then we heard that the secret special guest was  Floating Points. This obviously made the trip a necessity.

Arriving at around 9.50, we saw a queue reaching round the corner and were glad we had ditched out on an extra half hour of drinking beforehand. After around 10 minutes we got in and were instantly treated to the soulful sound Cosmic Slop has made its name through. A further quirk of this night is you are likely to go a whole evening without hearing a single record you know, or even a 4×4 beat, which is truly refreshing considering 2013’s further homogenisation of UK club sounds.

The gallery was at capacity by half 10 and inside there were a few minor scene celebrities. Ruf Dug, the label head of Ruf Kutz, Bradley Zero, one of the founders of Boiler Room and Rhythm Section, and of course Floating Points himself.

Tom Smith took over the decks and played some amazing Afro-influenced tunes, and I even made one out to be by William Onyeabor, although which track it was eluded me, before passing over to Floating Points who, to put it simply, did his thing. Drawing for a selection of 7 and 12-inch records, and wiping them down with a vinyl brush before putting the needle on them, he worked the crowd and the rotary mixer to the best of his ability and when I left the night was still going strong.

The next day I had a few observations about the night. Firstly, the ethos worked perfectly: considering Floating Points, one of the UK’s top producers, was DJing, he was never under any pressure from the crowd or the organisers to play anything other than what he wanted to. Furthermore, most people who I asked didn’t even know he was there, they were simply there for the night itself and completely open to just have a dance. Finally, it was pretty special, which is best summed up by this Instagram post from Bradley Zero, if the guy who set up Boiler Room is calling it an inspiration, something is being done right.

– John Hardy

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